Wenatchee High School

Tom Byrne "Coach of the Year" Award

This award was established in the fall of 2008 by a group of alumni that wanted to honor a legend in Panther Leadership, retired coach and principal, Mr. Tom Byrne.

Tom Byrne coached Wenatchee High School Football from 1953-1965. He posted a 69-34-5 record including a 9-0 State Championship Team in 1958. His panthers finished #7 in 1957 and #6 in 1959. Byrne’s teams were champions of the “NCW A League” All 4 years of it’s membership from 1953-56.Byrne was selected as Head Coach of the 1959 State All-Star football game. He is a member of the Washington State Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame.Tom was an outstanding teacher and became and Assistant Principal in 1962. He served as WHS Principal from 1968 until his retirement in 1985.

Character was his message to thousands fortunate to be a part of his life. Tom led by example and expression and his legacy continues with this award.

2008-09 Winner : Scott Devereaux

2009-10 Winner : Ron Zielinski

2010-11 Winner : Dale Blair

2011-12 Winner : James Elwyn

2012-13: Jay Young

2013-14: LeAnne Branam

Criteria for Selection of the Tom Byrne Coach of the Year:

  1. Must be a current Wenatchee High School coach, coaching for a minimum of 3 full years.
  2. Coach has displayed in him/herself:
    1. Teamwork with other coaches
    2. Leadership within the athletic department
    3. High degree of ethical standards
3.  Coach has accomplished the following with the athletes:
    1. Earned the respect of the student-athletes
    2. Success with skill development and team progress
    3. Team GPA improvement / success
4.  The program in which the coach leads has a reputation for:
    1. Being good citizens
    2. Giving back to the school/community
    3. Showing good sportsmanship to teams in which they compete.


    Coaches at Wenatchee High School May Nominate a Coach for this Award.
    Parents and Athletes may write a letter to recommend a coach for this honor. (There is NO form)
    Nomination Form for Coaches to Use When writing a recommendation letter, please speak specifically to one or all of the criteria as listed above.


Recommendation letters and Nominations are due to the Athletic office by May 1.

Email letters to the athletic director : kuntz.b@mail.wsd.wednet.edu

Or mail to the WHS Athletic office, 1101 Millerdale, Wenatchee WA 98801