YCS Coach Gaylord Strand, Dillon Harris (Jan. 2017)
Photo courtesy: Yelm Community Schools
“Gaylord Strand: 44 Years of Dedication as Yelm’s Wrestling Coach”
“This – Yelm High School’s wrestling gym – is Strand’s home away from home. He’s living a dream – one that keeps reoccurring. Since 1974 when Strand first arrived as Yelm’s wrestling coach, this is where he spent his afternoons throughout the winter months, sweating and leading.”
“His accomplishments – 14 league titles, 102 kids qualifying for state and an induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame – haven’t gone unnoticed. Strand’s commitment to coaching hasn’t just been about teaching takedowns and reverses, either. It’s about teaching life lessons.”
“And Gaylord continues to enjoy every practice, every match and every challenge. He’s still shaping and influencing young lives, helping them get to state and to a better life,” by Gail Wood, Thurston Talk.