Marc Blau

 

A 1969 graduate of Stadium High School, Marc was born on May 14, 1951 in Tacoma. He attended the University of Puget Sound and graduated from the University of Washington in 1973 with a BA in Recreation Administration. Upon graduation he immediately began working for the Pierce County Parks & Recreation Department as an Administrative Assistant and then became the Director of Community Centers where he opened up Sprinker Recreation Center in 1976 and the Lakewood Community Center in 1979. In 1973 he started the first corec volleyball, basketball and slowpitch programs in the county. He retired in 2004 after a 31-year career with Pierce County. In 1981 he became involved in the first USSSA slowpitch program in Washington and hosted over 50 local state, and regional USSSA tournaments during his career and was elected to the USSSA State of Washington Hall of Fame in 2008.

Marc played high school baseball and played and coached slowpitch softball teams for over 35 years before retiring. His teams won two masters state championships and competed in several Western World championships and later on he added coaching girl’s volleyball and fastpitch teams to his schedule.

He has officiated volleyball for the past 41 years (as of 2014) and also served as the Assigning Secretary for that same length of time.  Marc officiated in five high school state tournaments and has served as the Official’s Coordinator for 15 state high school championship events. Marc received the WOA Meritorious Service Award in 1990, and was the Washington Volleyball Official of the Year in 1996 as well as an Honor Recipient of the NFIOA.

In 2009 he received the Tom Cross Service Award presented by the Washington Officials Association for the State of Washington-an award named after the first and only boss he had in the parks and recreation profession. In 2013 he was honored with the Excellence in Service Award “given to individuals who give so generously of their time” in leadership roles and for actively pursuing training opportunities for their local board. In August of 2014 he was inducted into the Washington Officials’ Association’s Hall of Fame for his 41 years of service

Blau has been chairman of the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame since 2005 and the Executive Director for the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame since 2011. He also has been active with the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers Association since 1985 and was a recipient of the Northwest Oldtimer’s Baseball Associations “Gordon Waldo” Memorial Award in 1995.

Marc co-founded the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Museum at the Tacoma Dome in 1994 with Clay Huntington; co-authored the book, “Playgrounds to the Pros: An Illustrated History of Sports in Tacoma Pierce County” in 2005 with Doug McArthur; and is the author of “Baseball in Tacoma-Pierce County” that was published in 2011.

Gaylord Perry - Marc - Don Larsen

 

Marc with his hero - Dusty Rhodes

 


Ed Pepple - Marc - Warren Moon - State HOF

 
 

Marc & Clay Huntington at Century Link Field for State HOF Induction Ceremony

 

 

 

Marc - Ron Cey - Cheney Studs Banquet 2013

 

Wes Stock - Mel Stottlemyre