William B. “Bill” Lippincott
August 5, 1922 ~ May 21, 2012
Bill was born in Mansfield, WA on August 5, 1922, to Agnes and George Lippincott, joining two brothers, George and Leo, with younger sister, Gerri and brother, Don, to follow. Bill graduated from Okanogan High School in 1941, where he was an outstanding multi-sport athlete. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy as an Air Cadet. Bill and his three brothers served in the Navy during WWII, along with their Dad in the Seabees - the five Lippincott men were all in the military at the same time. After his discharge in 1945, it was off to play four years of football and one year of basketball at Washington State College. Bill enjoyed a record-setting college career and was drafted twice by the LA Rams, but “Coach” Bill instead chose to teach and coach high school athletes after graduation in 1949. During his Cougar football days, he was named “All Coast” and invited to play in the Hula Bowl. After his WSC Cougar days in 1949, his first coaching and teaching job was with the Cashmere Bulldogs, where he was named Co-Coach of the Year twice. His Bulldog football teams were undefeated two years in a row. Bill and Joyce were married in 1953 and made their home on Lake Chelan, where their daughter, Tammy, and son, Mark, were born. After Bill left Cashmere to join the Chelan staff, Cashmere High School had a trophy made from his college football shoe, symbolizing friendship and good sportsmanship between the Bulldogs and Goats. “The Shoe Trophy” has been awarded annually since 1953 to the winner of the regular season Cashmere/Chelan football game. Bill joined the Chelan Goats coaching and teaching staff as an assistant coach and then became head football, basketball and baseball coach. When his coaching career came to an end in 1962 because of a lingering hip ailment, he took up sports broadcasting for KOZI radio in Chelan. He continued to teach and broadcast until his retirement in 1984 - always remaining an avid and active supporter of athletics. Bill could often be found making an appearance at CHS well after his retirement and substitute teaching had ended, just to be around the students and his longtime friends on the teaching staff. He was a fixture in the faculty room at lunch time, where many learned to keep a close eye on their sweets. During daughter Tammy’s teenage years, Bill put many miles behind the wheel, pulling the horse trailer as Tammy was very active in horse showing, with a highlight being her year spent as Lake Chelan Rodeo Queen. The horse shows were an extended family affair on many occasions. After retirement, Bill and Joyce enjoyed traveling with his WSC football teammate, “Sturdi” and wife, Helen. A trip to watch the Cougars in the Rose Bowl was a highlight. Bill and the Cougs were “oh so close” to making their own appearance during his playing career, only to have a long touchdown run of Bill’s called back on a holding call far behind him, in a game against UW. Son, Mark, introduced Bill and Mark’s grandfather, Floyd Kirby, to fishing in Alaska and Florida. What a time they had on several adventures! Of course, fishing and hunting around Lake Chelan were always an event with son, Mark. After Mark and his wife, Shelly and young children, Jarret and Kilee moved back to Chelan in 1995, Bill thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandchildren excel in athletics of all kinds. Although Bill’s declining health did not allow him to make the long distance travel required, we know he would have been SO proud to see his granddaughter, Kilee, make her own contribution to PAC-10 athletics, albeit in the orange and black of Oregon State University, instead of his beloved crimson and grey. (Sorry Grandpa, they don’t play softball in Pullman!) You could find Bill with his golf foursome on the links at Lake Chelan every Wednesday and Saturday. He was the first President of the Lake Chelan Golf and Country Club at its present location. He played in the Cougar Classic at Leavenworth for many years. Bill was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, WEA, NEA, Lake Chelan Sportsman’s Association, Lake Chelan Bowling League, Lake Chelan Golf and Country Club, Lake Chelan Athletic Boosters, WIAA, NCW Activities Association, and WSU Alumni Association.
Bill is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce of Chelan; daughter, Tammy (Rob) Roark of Yacolt, WA; son, Mark (Shelly) Lippincott of Chelan; grandchildren, Jarret and Kilee Lippincott; as well as brother, George (Carol) of Chelan.
The family is extremely grateful to Colonial Vista for the help and care of our special “Coach”.
A Tribute to “Coach” Bill’s Life will be held Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. in the “Commons” at Chelan High School. Feel free to arrive in your favorite athletic apparel if you wish - this is a celebration of a winning season. Contributions may be made to the Chelan Athletic Boosters with a project(s) to be chosen by the family. Address: Chelan Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 3056, Chelan, WA 98816. Please note “In Memory of Coach Bill Lippincott”. Arrangements by Precht Rose Chapel, Chelan.