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Hall of Fame wrestling coach Greeley dies after suffering stroke

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Nov. 25, 2012 at 10:03 am with No Comments »
November 25, 2012 10:03 am

Paul Greeley, the former wrestling coach at Bethel, Peninsula and Spanaway Lake, died last week after complications from a stroke.

According to information submitted by Graham-Kapowsin coach Scott Stirts, Greeley suffered a stroke last Sunday, and was transported to the intensive care unit at Tacoma General Hospital.

Surrounded by family, Greeley died Wednesday.

Here is his bio from his 2005 hall of fame induction:

Paul Greeley wrestled at Puyallup High School under Hall of Famer Ray Barnes, and served in the United States Army. Following his service in the military, he attended the University of Puget Sound. He would later earn his Masters degree from Gonzaga University.

Greeley started his wrestling coaching career as an assistant at Peninsula HS and took over the program at Bethel HS in 1977. His teams were always competitive in the South Puget Sound League and captured four SPSL titles. His Bethel teams finished in the top six in state three times including a runner-up finish in 1987. In 1998 Greeley moved across town to Spanaway Lake HS and lead the Sentinels to three consecutive top four finishes including the schools first state title in 2001 and a runner-up finish in 2003. His overall dual meet record at both schools is 227-90-3, a winning percentage over 70%.

Greeley has been named SPSL Coach of the Year six times, Regional Coach of the Year four times, and was selected as the “AAA” State Coach of the Year in 1987. Paul coached 37 state placers including ten state champions. Greeley retired from coaching in 2005.

Nominated by Jim Meyerhoff, WSWCA Hall of Fame Member and Ed Burmester, former Spanaway Lake HS Athletic Director

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