Tim Tubbs, a fixture in the world of Enumclaw High sports for most of four decades, is the latest addition to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
A ceremony honoring Tubbs is planned for the evening of Friday, Jan. 9, at Chuck Smith Gymnasium. In keeping with recent tradition, the festivities will come during halftime of a Hornet boys basketball game. Following the game, there will be cake and time for socializing.
Tubbs, who founded the Hall of Fame during his time at EHS, started working at Enumclaw High in the fall of 1972 and landed a full-time, renewable contract the following year. Before he was finished, Tubbs had served as head golf coach and head track coach, also serving as an assistant coach for the basketball program. He figures he spent more than 50 seasons helping one Hornet sport or another.
The record book shows Tubbs coached boys golf from 1973 to 2000, with a highlight coming in 1982 when EHS claimed the state title. His teams captured second-place honors in 1984 and 1985 and, on 19 occasions, placed in the state’s top 10. Along the way, there were 14 league championships and 13 district titles.
Tubbs also had success with the EHS girls golf program, leading the squad to seven league championships and four district championships.
Heading up the boys and girls track program from 1977 to 1998, Tubbs led his squads to nine league championships. In 1991, his Hornet girls finished No. 2 in the state.
Starting in the fall of 2000, Tubbs stepped away from the classroom and into the athletic director’s office. During his nine years as A.D., Enumclaw High teams garnered three state championships, five state academic championships and 50 league titles.
Tubbs’ efforts and accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed by his peers. He was named a league “coach of the year” for golf and track more than once. The National Federation of High School Coaches named him the regional Coach of the Year in golf one time, which placed him at the “Table of 8” for National Coach of the Year honors during a convention in Biloxi, Miss.
Giving back to his chosen profession, Tubbs served as president of the Washington State Golf Coaches Association and Washington State Coaches Association, was an honorary member of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association executive board, and headed up the organization for South Puget Sound League athletic directors. For the 2006-07 academic year, he was honored as the SPSL’s Athletic Director of the Year.
Tubbs’ contributions are EHS weren’t limited to the sports arena, as he also was a classroom teacher from 1972 until the spring of 2000. He considers himself a math teacher, handling everything from general math to pre-calculus for freshmen through seniors. He also was handed assignments to teach everything from auto maintenance to earth and physical science.