George Quigley





















George Quigley (back row, far left) was noted for his coaching of numerous girl's and women's softball and basketball teams in the community.


George Quigley

2002 Meritorious Service Award

 

Just call him "Coach". Thousands have, still do, and there may be more of them in the Tacoma area than you can imagine. Meritorious is a good word to decribe Quigley. A Lincoln High and University of Puget Sound graduate, George taught and coached at Stadium for more than 28 years after one year at Tolt. He was JV baseball coach at Stadium from 1967 to 1973 and varsity coach from '74 to 1985. He also coached girls  varsity basketball from '74 to '88. His baseball team won the city title in 1979 and reached the regional finals. His 75-76 girls basketball team won City and finished 8th in the state, and his 79-80 team also won the city crown. It was in the recreation ranks, however, where Quigley's involvement became so overwhelming. It started when he umpire baseball and refereed basketball for two years, then started coaching youth teams. In 1965 he coached a boys team in the junior high church league, then he coached a girls softball team in the Spring of '66. That fall he coached both a boys and girls basketball team and that was just the beginning. The next year he coached two boys and two girls teams in basketball. Then he coached American Legion baseball and Connie Mack League for two years each.

 

Eventually he settled for coaching only girls fast pitch teams, generally six to eight teams each year. One year he coached ten (count 'em) girls teams and a women's slow pitch team. Yes, the women were graduates of his girls teams. That year he had record of 140 wins and 28 losses. George can't remember now how many teams or girls he coached and "never kept track" of his records, but he subscribed to the theory that it was more important that the kids have a good time. He does recall 1979 when his QFC Royales played for the Northwest states. In 1973 the Tacoma Sports-Recreation Federation named him Coach of the Year but that only tells half the Quigley story. Those in the know will tell you that George Quigley also sponsored or secured sponsors for all those teams. Talk about Meritorious!