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|Dave Johnson |
Dave Johnson was a graduate of Shadle Park High School before attending Whitworth College. At Whitworth, he was a member of the Pirates baseball team while earning his history and political science degree. After college Dave took a teaching position at Ephrata High School where he taught history. While teaching, he was a head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach for 36 years. He owned and operated T.B.I. Baseball Camps for 32 years with business partner Marty O’Brien. The four-week, live-in camp was for kids ages 8-18.
Johnson ended his career as the winningest baseball coach in the state of Washington with 687 victories, and second in total state championships with eight. As a coach, he led the Ephrata Tigers to 28 appearances in the state tournament and outscored opponents 489-239. In 36 years his teams won 25 league titles, 20 district titles, 16 regional titles, and placed at state 16 times.
Dave Johnson led by example through his work ethic, passion, and devotion to the community. Michele Webb, Ephrata High School Athletic Director, said, “Coach Johnson has taught many student athletes what the words, dedication, hard work, respect, integrity and discipline mean.”
He was inducted into the Washington State Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. For his efforts and dedication to the Ephrata Baseball program, he was honored by having the baseball stadium at Ephrata High School named after him and fellow coach Marty O’Brien.