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Ed Laulainen’s induction into the WIAA Hall of Fame is his fourth such honor. In 1988 he was named to the Lower Columbia College Hall of Fame, in 1994, the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and in 2016 the R. A. Long High School Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was named the Lower Columbia Area All-Century Team as football coach. In 2013 Kelso High School named its football stadium after Laulainen. He spent three years on the National Federation of High School Coaches Board of Directors, and that same organization named him the Western Regional Coach of the Year for 1991; he also received the Federation’s Distinguished Service Award for the five western states. In 2011, Ed and his wife, Bev, were presented with the Curt and Chee Chee Bruskland Service Award by the WIAA.
Ed’s connection to the Washington State Coaches Association has spanned 54 years; he spent three years as its president and is a member of the WSCA Executive Board (40 years) and represents the WSCA on the WIAA Executive Board (38 years), State In-Service Director for WSCA (10 years), and currently serves as Clinic Coordinator for WSFCA (24 years).
During a 34-year coaching career at Kelso High School, including 25 years as head football coach, Ed Laulainen posted a record of 182 victories, 69 defeats, and one tie. The Kelso football team won the state title in 1983, and Laulainen was named WIAA boys’ sports coach of the year. In 1984, the Associated Press selected Laulainen as its state football coach of the year. Kelso won nine league titles and posted four unbeaten regular seasons. He was chosen league coach of the year eight times. Laulainen also coached wrestling and baseball during his time at Kelso.
Laulainen attended R. A. Long High School in Longview, Lower Columbia College, and Eastern Washington University.