Paul Lawrence Honored with 2011 Tony Gasparovich Award


Paul LawrenceAt our 2011 Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, Paul Lawrence was honored with the 2011 Tony Gasparovich Award

Coach Paul Lawrence played on the 1960 Everett State Championship Football team, was a1961 graduate of Everett High School, and a 1965 graduate of the University of Idaho playing football for the legendary Coach Dee Andros. Paul began his coaching and teaching career in 1965 at Marquette High School in Yakima, Washington. Following a two year tour of active duty in the Army, he returned to Yakima at Carroll High School in 1968. In 1972, he came to Cascade High School as an assistant coach for Jim Ennis and Head Track Coach.

In 1976, he moved to Everett High School as an assistant in football to Tony Whitefield, and in 1988 he returned to Cascade as an assistant coach for Terry Ennis. In1995. Paul returned (for the last time) to Everett High School as the Head Football Coach. He retired from coaching in 2004 and from teaching in 2007. He returned to coach with Terry Ennis at Archbishop Murphy High School from 2005 to 2007.

He was Head Coach of the West Squad in 1999 and presently the Game Coordinator for the 2012 East West All Star Football Game. He has been actively involved in the Washington State Football Coaches Association and has been the East West 3A/4A game Coordinator for seven games held in Everett. Everett is his “home town", and he feels that every time we can bring the game back to Everett, we can contribute something back to the community for all their support.

He received the National Federation of High Schools 2004 State Coach of the Year in 2004, and in 2009 was the recipient of the Washington State Football Coaches Association’s Gold Helmet Award.

His wife, Dawn Lawrence, passed away on November 15, 2011. She was an active member of the coaches association, and an inspiration and supporter throughout Paul’s teaching and coaching career.

 

 

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