Dave Kerrone

A 1958 graduate of Tacoma's Stadium High, Kerrone starred in football, basketball and track & field in high school. He was All-City for two years, captain of the football team, and was chosen Athlete of the Year. He was selected to play on the All-State team and was named to a U.S. All-American football team as a high school senior. His 55-yard touchdown dash carried Stadium to a 6-0 win over archrival Lincoln in the annual Thanksgiving Day traditional game at Lincoln Bowl in 1959. He

Dave earned a full scholarship to WSU and participated on the football and track teams for four years, earning seven letters in the process. He received recognition on the All-Coast football team. He was also asked to try out for the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers after graduation, but his military obligation as an officer in the Army took precedence over football.

After fulfilling his military obligation, Dave began his career as a teacher in the Clover Park School District which lasted 36 years. He was named Teacher of the Year in 1988. He coached football, track, basketball and wrestling during that period of time. While at Clover Park High School his track team won three straight State championships.

During a 1965 slow-pitch game he argued an umpire's call while sliding into second base and being ruled "out." Kerrone remembers not questioning his judgment but he accused the umpire of not "hustling" to get in position to make the proper call. The ump suggested that, if he knew so much, why didn't he try umpiring himself. Dave did and served as the President of the local Umpires Association before retiring 30 years later after a highly successful umpiring career.

He worked five national tournaments in slow-pitch and fast pitch and was rated the #1 umpire in the modified fast pitch nationals in Georgia, thus gaining assignment to the title game. One year he worked four state championship high school events on the same day. He officiated at the state AA and AAA track meets at Lincoln Bowl, then worked the state girls softball championship game at SERA before working the state boys baseball title game at Cheney Stadium that night.

He also bit off more than he could chew when he agreed to umpire same games for Vern Morris, a friend, at Western State Hospital. Vern ran the recreation department at WSH and Kerrone accepted some tournament games. Turned out to be 10 games in one day in 90-degree heat and the finale went 21 innings.

As a high school and college basketball referee he was on the Board for seven years and was President for two of those years. He worked numerous playoff games and was selected to officiate in 12 state tournaments. He was also a State clinician for 10 years.

His strangest call of all? That came in the state high school AAA championship baseball game in the Kingdome when a fellow umpire got trapped by heading for second base after starting down the right field line to make the call. There was a spot in the Dome where balls would disappear from sight and sure enough, that's what happened with Dave behind the plate. Nobody saw the ball land, fair or foul. After a long delay, the umpires decided to replay the entire play. It wasn't "instant replay" but it sure was an umpire's "mulligan!"