One Hall of Fame induction down, one still to come.
That’s the story for former Enumclaw High wrestling coach Lee Reichert, who will be inducted the evening of Dec. 8 into the EHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Enumclaw’s Hall of Fame inductions traditionally come during halftime of Hornet basketball games, but it was only appropriate that Reichert be honored at a wrestling match. The ceremony will come during the always-anticipated “Battle of the Bone” contest between Enumclaw and the Tahoma Bears.
With a lengthy list of accomplishments to his credit, Reichert received top honors from his peers in October 2010 when he was accepted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Considering the numbers Reichert’s teams put together during his 37-year coaching career, the call to the Hall is no surprise at all.
He stepped away from coaching following a 2013 season that capped a remarkable, seven-year run of success at Enumclaw High. After being named Washington state’s Coach of the Year in 2007, Reichert guided the Hornets to state championships the following two seasons. His 2010 squad narrowly missed out on a title, placing second, but rebounded with back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012. During his final campaign, Reichert’s Enumclaw High team brought back fourth-place hardware from Mat Classic, the state tournament.
Reichert spent 18 seasons at the Hornet helm, coming from Kentwood High, where his Conquerors won three consecutive 4A titles from 1991-93.
He stepped away from the coaching ranks with a resumé highlighted by those six state championship teams. At EHS, his teams posted a dual meet record of 117-7 while earning 15 league titles, 18 subregional championships and four regional titles. During his time at EHS, Reichert coached 13 state champions and 88 state placers.
Aside from the state Hall of Fame induction and state Coach of the Year honor, Reichert was a multiple winner of league Coach of the Year and regional Coach of the Year honors.
Reichert’s coaching talents weren’t limited to the mat. At Enumclaw High, he spent a dozen seasons as co-coach of the Hornet fastpitch team and, for two years, he guided the school’s varsity soccer program.