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2013 Hall of Fame

Kingsbury and Smith Enter NWAACC Hall of Fame

Bellevue, Wash. -- The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges held its annual Hall of Fame induction on Thursday, May 30, at the Red Lion Hotel. Garnering induction for Edmonds Community College were Keith Kingsbury and George Smith. They are the first Tritons to enter the NWAACC Hall of Fame.

keith kingsburyKeith Kingsbury

Keith Kingsbury served as Edmonds assistant basketball coach from 1969 to 1972 then took the reins of the programs in the ’73 season. He led his teams to 570 wins, the most of any coach in Edmonds history, and 18 NWACC postseason appearances. Kingsbury’s 1985 team capped off the program’s most successful season with a 27-1 record and won Edmonds CC’s first NWAACC men’s basketball championship.

In his 32 year career as head basketball coach, Kingsbury led his teams to three other top four finishes including second in 1993, third in 2001 and fourth in 1979. Kingsbury also ensured success beyond the court at Edmonds as over 100 student-athletes went on to play basketball at four year schools, including 25 at the NCAA Division I level.

 

 

george smithGeorge Smith

George Smith has been involved in community college athletics for almost 40 years. He began his career at Bellevue Community College in 1973 under the tutelage of Frank Bosone. He has been at Edmonds CC since 1979, where he has served as Financial Aid Director, Athletic Director, Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Services.

During Smith’s tenure as Athletic Director (1982-89), Edmonds CC teams won five division titles, three NWAACC Championships: baseball (1985 and 1986) and men’s basketball (1985). In total, EdCC had 12 teams place in the top 6 of NWAACC championships with Smith running the athletic department.

Smith has also served the NWAACC as a Northern Region Commissioner and Region Chair. For the past two years, he has represented the Washington State Student Services Commission as a member of the NWAACC Executive Board. Whatever his position, Smith was always a champion for student-athletes.