coaches

Glenn Rickert

Football Coach 1956-89; Inducted 2006.
Coached football for 36 years. 3 years at Mead and 33 at BEHS. Also coached Girls Basketball and was a highly respected basketball referee. Athletic Director of the year 1989-90.
Most wins in Washington High School Football History- 269
Career Football Record- 269-72-10
Won 13 State Championships- 1971; 1977; 1986
Inducted into Washington State Football Hall of Fame in 1983

Albert "Bo" Campbell

Wrestling Coach 1954-71; Inducted 2006.
Intercollegiate Wrestling Champion at University of Illinois in 1928.
Coached at Chimacum, Fife, Zillah, and Sedro Woolley High Schools.
Coached football, baseball, and basketball in addition to wrestling.
Won AAU Wrestling team title at Fife in 1935.
Won State Wrestling Title at Sedro Woolley in 1953.
One of the "Founding Fathers" of high school wrestling in Skagity County.
At B-E was assistant coach to Glenn Rickert in football.
B-E teams placed top 3 in league 14 out of 17 years.
Teams placed 4th or better in state 12 out 17 years.
2nd in State Wrestling 1963.
State Champions 1959
Coached 25 individual state placers and 14 individual state champions.
Inducted into State Washington State Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1984.
Also a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Don Leach

Basketball Coach 1959-87; Inducted 2006
Also coached at Wapato and Kalama HS. Was 48-8 in two years at Kalama.
Assistant Football Coach to Glenn Rickert and Jack McTaggart at B-E 1959-91.
Career coaching record- 416-295. Most wins in B-E History- 368.
Ranked in top 20 coaching wins in state history.
Won 5 NWL titles; 4 District or Regional titles.
12 Regional or State Tournament births.
Top 8 at State 3 times.
2nd in State 1969.
Inducted into Washington State Interscholastic Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997

Ted Whan

Cross Country and Track and Field Coach 1956-82. Inducted 2006.
Ran at Western Washington University winning 4 NAIA titles and placing in national meet twice. WWU Athlete of the year.
The original track around Kirkby Field was dug and measured by Coach Whan and his athletes.
Started the cross country program at BEHS in 1956.
In Cross Country coached 9 County Champions;4 NWL Champions; 4 District Champions and 6 top 10 State Placers.
In Track and Field coached over 100 county champions; 50 NWL Championships; 25 District Champions; and 4 State Champions.
Cross Country Teams won 6 County Championships; 3 NWL Championships; 3 District Championships and 8 top 10 state finishes.
Coached State Cross Country Champions in 1967.
Track and Field Teams won 12 County Championships; 6 NWL Championships; 4 District Championships; and 2 Top 10 state finishes.

Don Erickson

Inducted 2008

Head Cross Country Coach 1976-90; Started BEHS Girls XC Team; Coached 9 Ind. County Champions;
4 League Champions; 5 District Champions; 5 State Placers
Boys Teams Won 3 County and 3 NW League Championships
Head Track Coach 1975-1991; Teams Won 14 County Championships; 2 NWL Championships
Placed At State 5 Times; Coached 132 Individual County Champions; 53 League Champions
34 District Champions; 19 State Champions; Coached at BEHS from 1959-2000 Also Coaching Basketball for 14 years.
Personal: Graduated from Everett HS in 1950. Ran track and was 5th in state in high hurdles. Spent 4 years in the Air Force. Graduated from Central Washington University. Taught at BEHS for 29 years. Don and Wife Joyce have 4 children: Dean, Stephanie, David, Sharlyn. All are B-E graduates.

Karen Fure

Inducted 2008

Head Volleyball Coach 1971-75; Assistant Coach 1976-88;90-91; Started the BEHS Volleyball Team
Head Girls Basketball Coach 1973-81; Teams Made District Playoffs Every Year She Coached
Teams Qualified for Regionals 4 Times; Teams Qualified For State Twice Finishing 3rd in 1979
1975 SVH Girls’ Team Sport Coach of the Year; 1979 SVH Girls’ Basketball Coach of The Year
Started BEHS Girls Basketball Program; Organized 1st NW Dist. Girls Basketball Tournament
Head Softball Coach 1984-1990; 1987 Softball State Champions.
Personal: Participated in GAA in high school; lettering all 4 years in volleyball, basketball and badminton by earning a set number of points. This was when girls interscholastic athletics did not exist. Attended Everett CC and played volleyball and basketball. Played field hockey and basketball at Univ. of Washington. There was no inter-collegiate schedule for women. Taught at BEHS from 1965-1992.
Memories of BEHS: Fun in the faculty lunchroom; winning softball state; being an assistant when volleyball won back to back state titles, and helping students realize and achieve their potential.

Christie Peterson

Inducted 2008

Head Volleyball Coach 1975-91; Career Record 195-75; Teams Won 8 League Championships;
5 District Championships; Placed at State 5 Times; State Volleyball Champions 1981; State Volleyball Champions 1982; 1978, 81, 82 Volleyball Coach of The Year; Coached at B-E 1973-2008
Sports: Track, Basketball, Softball, Gymnastics, Boys JV Golf
2007 Inducted Into Washington State Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame
Personal: 3 Sport Athlete West Seattle High School; 1969 Best Female Athlete
4 Sport (Volleyball, Track, Basketball, Badminton) Athlete at WWU; Won conference championship in basketball 1973. Team played in Collegiate National Tournament in Queens, NY. Summer of 1973 participated in National Slo-Pitch Tournament in Chattanooga, TN. Taught at BEHS from 1973 to the present. Christie and Husband Keith have 3 children: Lindsey, Scott, and Kelli. All are B-E graduates.

Ed Brunz

Inducted 2008
Head Wrestling Coach BEHS 17yrs.; State AA Wrestling Champions 1982
Coached freshman football for 6 years and freshaman track for 11 years.
1st Hall of Fame member to be inducted as an athlete and a coach.

Jack McTaggart

McTaggart

Football, Wrestling Coach 1971-98; Inducted 2012

Coached and taught at BEHS for 27 years. Assistant football coach 18 years. Assistant wrestling coach 26 years. Head Football coach 1990-99, Record (52-38). Head Wrestling Coach 1994 Undefeated Dual Season, State Champions. Member of coaching staffs that won 6 State Championships (Football 1971,’77, ’86 and Wrestling 1982, ’93, ’94). Football Teams won 14 NWL Championships. Coached 13 Wrestling State Champions and 2 second place finishers. Coached numerous All-Conference and All-State Football Players. Involved in founding of the B-E Weight Room and the Weight Training Program at BEHS. Personal: Retired and lives in Bow. Daughters Maggie and Molly both multi-sport varsity athletes at BEHS and won volleyball state title in 2011. Three former athletes currently coaching and teaching in B-E School District. Played Football at WSU 1966 and ’67; Taught and coached at Quincy, WA 1969,’70. Memories of B-E: Feels fortunate to have worked on the greatest staff in B-E Football History (Glenn Rickert, Don Leach, Jerry Garcea). Also grateful to have worked with so many fine athletes in both wrestling and football.

Jim Clem

Inducted 2013
Football, Basketball, Baseball Coach, Athletic Director 1978-2011
Coached and taught history at BEHS for 33 years. Assistant C football coach 1 year. JV boys basketball coach 11 years. Head Varsity Baseball Coach 1979-2006, Record 455-192 (Ranked 9th All-time in Washington State for Wins). Athletic Director 1990-2011. (B-E won 20 State Championships during 22 years as AD, Highlighted by 2008-09 Tacoma News Tribune “All-Sports Championship.”) Baseball Teams won 12 3A NWL Championships (finished 2nd 9 times); 15 3A State Tournament Appearances; 4 3A Final 4 Appearances (2nd1989, 3rd 1981 & 2006) 22 Consecutive Winning Seasons (1985-2006). Over 100 Players went on to play college baseball. 16 players were drafted or signed professional baseball contracts. Numerous former players coaching baseball at some level including current Tiger coaches: John Thurmond, Herb Lehman, Art Vivanco, Andy Hanson, and Tito Vivanco. Both Sons Zach and Jacob played for the Tigers. Both went on to the University of Washington where Zach was a 3 Time All-Pac 10 outfielder and Jacob was an All-Pac 10 Pitcher. Both boys went on to play professionally. Inducted into Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1993; Inducted into American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame 2012.
Personal: Coach Clem and his wife Annette made Burlington their home. Annette is an R.N. at Skagit Valley Hospital. For many years she followed Tiger athletics almost as closely as Jim did. Their sons Zach(2002) and Jacob(2006) were outstanding student athletes at B-EHS. During their school years, Annette would be found attending many events at West View and then at the high school. She served on numerous committees, including a term as President on the B-ESD Citizens Advisory Committee, and also helped with numerous booster activities.
Memories of B-E: All the students who never ceased to amaze me, who made me laugh each and every day. All the athletes I have been fortunate enough to coach, together we strived to get “To the Top!” It is hard for me to not get emotional when I think about what B-EHS has done for me through the years. Watching my sons grow-up in front of me was very special. All the outstanding coaches, teachers, and administrators I was fortunate enough to be associated with, and the friendships I have made here… priceless. I am a better person for having had the opportunity to spend the better part of my career at B-EHS… by being part of something greater than myself. Navy Blue and Gold will always be my favorite colors! GO TIGERS!

Jerry Garcea


Inducted: 2015
Coach 1963 - 1989
Varsity football assistant coach for 25 years on Tiger Hall of Fame staff of Don Leach, Jack McTaggart and Glenn Rickert. B-E had a winning record 24 of the 25 years and won 3 state championships during Garcea’s career. Started the B-E Golf Program in 1967. Was Head Golf Coach until 1989. His teams won 11 NWL Championships, 5 District Championships, and placed in the top 10 at state 8 times, winning State Championships in 1975 and 1979. He also coached Individual State Champions, Jeff McMillan (1975) and Craig Wilson (1979). He was co-founder and tournament director of the Bill Egbers Memorial Golf Tournament, which brings the top high school golfers in the state to Burlington each year. He was head girls basketball coach from 1981-89 with Coach Rickert serving as his assistant. Also led the girls’ golf team to a State Championship in 1989. Was a 3 sport coach most of his 25 years at B-E coaching Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys Basketball and serving as a basketball referee from high school to small colleges.
Memories of B-EHS: “ Pepe worked us hard, held high expectations and gave us the skills and confidence to grow into competitive players and a competitive team. We thrived under his leadership and most importantly developed teamwork and a life-long love of the sport. I wanted to make sure that Coach Garcia was recognized for his time, dedication and commitment to girls sports at a time when we really needed great coaches. We certainly got quality the quality we deserved with Pepe” – Kim Ekstran Class of 1985.