Everett Community College to host Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

EVERETT, Wash. – Everett Community College will celebrate athletes and coaches inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020, 2021 and 2022 at a dinner on June 9, 2022. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies were held virtually. The dinner this year will allow athletes to celebrate together. 

“This will truly be a unique year with three classes being honored at the same banquet,” said EvCC Athletic Director Garet Studer. “I am very much looking forward to this event to celebrate with all of these remarkable people, including the father-and-son induction of Larry and Darrell Walker.”

Larry Walker is EvCC’s Athletic Hall of Fame 2022 inductee. He retired in 2016 after 31 years of working with EvCC athletes. His son, Darrell Walker, a former EvCC basketball player and coach, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2021. 

Larry Walker started working in education at Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane in 1975. He came to EvCC in 1985 as the men’s basketball coach, and in 1986 he became athletic coordinator. In 2001, he was appointed as the college’s athletic director. 

Larry Walker was integral in bringing back sports that had long ago been eliminated at EvCC, including baseball, volleyball and cross country. He also was a key player in the creation of the state-of-the-art Walt Price Student Fitness Center, which replaced the gym EvCC built in 1958 at 13th Street and Rockefeller Avenue. 

EvCC will also honor 2021 Hall of Fame inductees record-breaking track athlete and coach Sue Grigsby, the 2011 women’s cross country team, football player Jim Linden, soccer player Brianna (Ellis) Navlet, javelin thrower and football player Ralph Sager, basketball player Corby Schuh, pitcher Allie (Milless) Taylor, and Darrell Walker. 

The 2020 inductees include medal-winning wheelchair athlete Ken Johnson, cross-country champion Rachel Cundy, track and field athlete Bob Bruce, former University of Puget Sound head football coach Paul Wallrof, the 1956 men’s golf team and the 2011 men’s cross country team. 

Members of the Athletic Hall of Fame were selected by a committee of community members, coaches and EvCC leaders.    

The banquet is open to the public. To attend, RSVP at EverettCC.edu/Athletics. The cost is $35 per adult and $20 per child age 16 and younger. 

Everett Community College Hall of Famer Larry Walker

Tom Lafferty is the Sports Director at KRKO/KKXA Radio. He is a member of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame; the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame; the recipient of the Dave Duvall Award from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association District One and the Joe Martin Award for Service to baseball's Northwest League. Tom Lafferty & Steve Willits are co-hosts of Prep Sports Weekly, Mondays at 7 pm on KRKO.