By Senators Wojahn and Rasmussen


         WHEREAS, Many Washington state women have demonstrated leadership and provided direction as positive role models for Washington citizens; and

         WHEREAS, Exceptional coaching enhances positive self-esteem and the development of pride and confidence; and

         WHEREAS, Washington women coaches have encouraged, motivated, and enhanced the lives of our state's citizens by opening doors for participation in athletics; and

         WHEREAS, These individuals have selflessly dedicated time, energy, emotions, and efforts into the sports arena, and successfully provided exceptional environments for all

athletes; and

         WHEREAS, Womens' athletics is one of the most effective avenues available for women in the United States to develop self-discipline, initiative, confidence, and leadership skills; and

         WHEREAS, Female athletes need women role models as coaches, administrators, and athletic directors.  There are many outstanding women serving in these positions including:  Barbara Hedges serves as the University of Washington's Athletic Director, Chris Gobrecht as head women's basketball coach at the University of Washington, Doris Heritage Brown with the Seattle Pacific University Athletic Department, Dr. Sue Durrant with Washington State University, Sandy Neeley with Everett Community College, Marie Sather with Western Washington University, and Joann Neil as a Federal Way High School coach; and

         WHEREAS, These and other women have exercised remarkable leadership by:  Encouraging females to enroll in coaching courses, administration courses, officiating courses, and in athletic training programs in college; have spent extra time to work with and teach young women who are interested in learning about coaching, athletic training, officiating, and athletic administration; and created networks among women coaches, officials, sports information directors, and athletic directors to promote the interest of females in all aspects of sport;

         NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, In recognition of the outstanding leadership of women in athletic leadership positions, the Washington State Senate honor the female coaches, administrators, and athletic directors in Washington state.



I, Marty Brown, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 1993-8619,

adopted by the Senate March 25, 1993.





Secretary of the Senate