Northwest NEWS

July 26, 1999


WHS Gridiron Club honors coaches

WHS Gridiron Club

Marques Tuiasosopo shared his memories of the three coaches at the recent surprise reunion.

by Russ Paris

   Hundreds of current and former Woodinville High School football players, staff, families, and administrators gathered at Falcon Field on Sunday, July 18, for a surprise reunion party to honor coaches Terry Agnew, Mike Bertram, and Mark Leander. The trio has been responsible for ten years of Falcon football from 1990 to 1999.

   In their speeches, Agnew, Bertram, and Leander thanked the Gridiron Club for their support and cooperation. When the coaches took over the Falcons, their 1990 season record was a dismal 1-8. But the three believed in winning, and made it first a goal, and then a habit. Winning is now a WHS tradition.

   In 1996, the Falcon went 9-0 in their regular season and were ranked #1 in the state and #25 in the nation. The '97 and '98 teams also advanced to the state playoffs with winning seasons.

   "We were recognized as a Kingco power with fan support that was the envy of the league," head coach Terry Agnew said.

   Several former WHS players presented anecdotes about the coaches' styles, which brought laughter from the audience.

   Two former Falcons, Marques Tuiasosopo and Pat Coniff, now UW Huskies, were on hand for the reunion.