WU Hall of Famer Stan Solomon Passes Away

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

COOS BAY, ORE. -- Willamette University Athletics Hall of Fame member Stan Solomon passed away this weekend as the result of blood clots. Solomon was a standout football player and track athlete for the Bearcats, and also earned an outstanding reputation coaching high school football and track and field at Marshfield High School and Coos Bay High School.

Solomon has coached track and field at Marshfield High School for 44 years and for 48 years overall in the Coos Bay School District. He was head coach for 25 years and has been most renowned for his work with the pole vaulters the past three decades. A week ago, Solomon was named National High School Pole Vault Coach of the Year by the USA Track & Field Pole Vault Development Committee at the annual Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev.

Solomon was an athlete at Willamette from 1957 through 1961. He was named All-Northwest Conference four times as a football running back, including three times as a First Team selection. He helped Willamette go 8-0 in 1960 and was named First Team All-NAIA. He rushed for 2,859 yards and 37 touchdowns during his career with the Bearcats, while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He played in the All-American Bowl following his senior season.

In addition, Solomon ran track for four years at Willamette. He placed third in the 220-yard dash and was fourth in the 100-yard dash at the 1959 Northwest Conference championships. He was inducted into the Willamette Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 1992.

Stan Solomon played football and competed in track and field at Willamette from 1957-58 through 1960-61.