By Bob Kirkpatrick
Cheney Free Press 

Longtime teacher and track coach retires


Last updated 6/23/2022 at 7:36am

Tom Stralser

Coach Stralser with State Champion Sophie Van Worner.

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...

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