word from Howard Hammon that
away the morning of January 1st, 2019
been confined to a hospital bed for nearly ten years
for an unknown ailment
More information as soon as we get word.
prayers and condolences go to her family and close friends
learned this week that an old friend of ours,
Coach Jack Avina,
passed away at the age of 89 in Lafayette, California
Avina was one of my PE teachers, and Shirley had him as her
He was often referred to as "Laps, Avina", as that was his
for someone that was out of line, or late to class.
"Take a lap, Copeland".
Afrer his time at GUHS, he moved into college basketball
coaching, and was the basketball coach at
University of Portland from 1970 to 1987.
After that he coached in Turkey and Brazil and gave clinics
"To that generation of
guys, Dad changed their lives," says Joel Avina, who played
for his father and coached with him for eight years on The
Bluff. "He pushed them to be what they could be. The end
result is, we got a lot of college graduates who have kids
who became college graduates.
"Dad was the first
college graduate in his family. Every one of his children
graduated from college. He wanted the same for his players.
When we recruited, that's what we talked to (the prospects)
about. 'You can get an education and change your family's
trajectory.' He was right. He did, and they did."
Our thoughts and
prayers go out to
all of our classmates that are faciing tough times and personal losses.
Hopefully they will let others know how they can help them
through these tough times.