Longtime teacher and track coach retires

CHENEY – After 36 years of teaching and 30-plus years coaching track and field, Tom Stralser is retiring.

"It's been quite a journey," Stralser said. "I came to Cheney High School (CHS) in 1990 and started coaching in 1992. Before that I was a teacher and the head boys and girls track coach at Riverside High School."

Stralser taught biology at both institutions and was the 1994 Washington State Biology Teacher of the Year.

He began his coaching stint at CHS as an assistant for sprints, hurdles and pole vault. When storied Blackhawks girls track coach Joan Hisaw retired in 1987, Stralser took o...


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