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Dick Hannula is one of the most successful high school coaches in Washington state history. Hannula’s swim teams at Wilson High School went undefeated in 323 meets, which included winning 24 consecutive state championships, the second longest state championship streak in National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) history. He also won two boys state championships as the head coach at Lincoln High School.

Hannula began his coaching career in 1952 and retired 41 years later in 1993. He was one of the developers of the American Swim Coaches Association’s Swim America Program. He has coached four U.S. Olympic team swimmers, including Kaye Hall, Olympic and world-record holder for the 100-meter backstroke, as well as Janet Buchan Elway, Chuck Richards, Dick, David and Dan Hannula, and Miriam Smith Greenwood among others.

Aside from Hannula’s interscholastic success, he has also coached the Pan-American Games team and five U.S. International swim teams. He served as a manager for two U.S. Olympic teams and one Pan-American Games team.

Hannula was named the National High School Coach of the Year in 1980 and awarded the NISCA National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming trophy in 1980. He is a member of the NISCA and International Swimming Halls of Fame.

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2017Kate LandauTri-Valley High School (NY)
Georgetown University
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University of Colorado
2016Jenna MullenEmerald Ridge High School
Portland State University
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2015DaVonte LacyCurtis High School
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2014Scott ChrichtonFoss High School
Oregon State University
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2013Andrea GeubelleCurtis High School
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2012Kaleb Shelton-JohnsonLincoln High School
University of Puget Sound
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2010Brie FelnagleBellarmine Prep
University of North Carolina
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University of Washington
2009Johnny SpevakPuyallup High School
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2007Kellen HarknessCascade Christian High School
Ohio State University
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Portland State University
2005Ryan MooreCascade Christian High School
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
2004Reggie Williams
University of Washington
2003Ryan MooreCascade Christian High School
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
2002Dana Boyle
University of Puget Sound
2001Chad JohnsonRogers High School
Pacific Lutheran University
2000Megan Quann JendrickEmerald Ridge High School
Pacific Lutheran University
1999Kirk WhiteCurtis High School
Boise State University
1997Shannon ForslundMt. Tahoma High School
1996Karl Lerum
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Dusty BrettBellarmine Prep
1995Brock HuardPuyallup High School
1994Marc WeeklyRogers High School
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1993Kate StarbirdLakes High School
1992Sonya OlejarBellarmine Prep
Pepperdine University
1991Damon HuardPuyallup High School
1990Andy MarisWhite River High School
1988Sonya Brandt
Pacific Lutheran University
Mike Oliphant
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1987Jim MartinsonPuyallup High School