Coach Gilbertson

Coach Gilbertson

  • 2012 Gilby Scholars Gravelle and Caldwell Renewed

    2012 Gilby scholarship winners Carolyn Gravelle and Darian Caldwell wrote us this summer about their past school year and how they are looking ahead to their sophomore years. Both expressed sincere appreciation for the honor of being Gilby scholars. Their letters are below:

  • WIAA Hall of Fame induction video – “Gilby was a fixture” in Snohomish sports

    Mark Perry recorded this video at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 8, 2013 where Keith Gilbertson Sr. received his 5th Hall of Fame induction honor. WIAA Executive Director Andy Barnes announces the posthumous induction of Mr. Gilbertson Sr. and then introduces Keith Gilbertson Jr. to speak […]

  • 2013 scholarship winners Green, Perry following Gilbertson’s lead

        Morgan Green and Tanner Perry are taking pages right from their old coach’s playbook. The two Snohomish High graduates have been named 2013 recipients of the Keith Gilbertson Sr. Memorial Scholarship, and both intend to use the money– $1,000 per year for up to four years of college — to help pursue teaching careers […]

  • Keith Gilbertson Sr. inducted into WIAA Hall of Fame

    Keith Gilbertson Sr. took his place among the greats of  Washington high school athletics on Wednesday with his posthumous induction into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame. Honored for 61 years of service as a coach at Snohomish High School, including the last 31 as an unpaid volunteer  assistant in football  and basketball […]

  • Gilbertson among nine new members going into WIAA Hall of Fame

    Keith Gilbertson Sr. has been selected for induction into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame. It’s a posthumous honor for the Snohomish High coaching icon, who died in 2011 after spending 61 years as a coach, teacher, mentor and role model at his alma mater, including the last 30 as an unpaid volunteer […]

  • Curt Marsh credits Gilbertson with showing him how to get the most from his talents Gilb with Curt Marsh

    The following is a Keith Gilbertson Sr. remembrance written by Curt Marsh, the former Snohomish High football star and 1977 SHS grad who went on to play for the Oakland/L.A. Raiders as a first-round NFL draft pick out of the University of Washington.  God gave me the raw physical tools to be successful in athletics. Coach Armstrong, […]

  • Huskies envision big things from Gilby Scholarship winner Carolyn Gravelle

    Carolyn Gravelle, one of the first recipients of the Keith Gilbertson Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Snohomish High School,  has made a quick impression as a freshman walk-on hammer and weight thrower for the University of Washington track team. The 2012 SHS co-valedictorian received an academic scholarship from Washington and was also one of the first […]

  • Snohomish High School pays homage to ‘Greatest Panther Ever’

    SNOHOMISH – Tom Cable gazed long and hard at the bronze bust of Keith Gilbertson Sr. before finally saying, “That’s my Coach.” The Seattle Seahawks coach and former Snohomish High football great joined the Gilbertson family and several hundred Panther fans,  including a host of other former SHS athletes back at their alma mater on […]

  • Even in drivers education, Coach Gilbertson found new ways to motivate students

    Mr. Gilbertson was well-known to innovate from the conventional in order to provide an opportuity for his students to improve their performance. Here is a story about Mr. Gilbertson innovating in the classroom as a young teacher. Keith Gilbertson was my driving instructor when I was a junior in Snohomish High School.  We drove new […]

  • Dedication set for Coach Gilbertson memorial

    The following press release went out today to local media outlets: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2012 CONTACT:  Michael Edwards at the Snohomish Education Foundation: 206-940-5552 or The date is set for formal dedication of the newly installed bronze bust of Snohomish coaching icon Keith Gilbertson Sr. at Snohomish High School. It will take […]

  • Snohomish girls embrace Gilbertson legacy; former Panther greats salute coach in video

      About a year ago, head coach Ken Roberts’ 2011-12 Snohomish High girls basketball players adopted the season slogan “Leaving a Legacy” in memory of Keith Gilbertson Sr., who had died nine months earlier at age 83 in his 61st consecutive year as an SHS coach. To mark the dedication at their home opener, the […]

  • Coach Cable asks you to support Keith Gilbertson Sr.’s scholarship

    Currently the offensive line coach and assistant head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, SHS football great Tom Cable recently taped this appeal for your support of the Keith Gilbertson Sr. Memorial Scholarship at the Seahawks training facility in Renton. He is a former NFL head coach with the Oakland Raiders and a former college head […]

  • Word play on Gilby and Grantland Rice

    A recent blog posting by Snohomish writer Keith Olson likens the coaching legacy of Keith Gilbertson Sr. to the themes portrayed in the classic 1914 sports poem “Alumnus Football” by Grantland Rice.  Gilby was the Panthers backfield coach when Olson played football at Snohomish High in the late 1960s. Check out A Life Well Played […]

  • Gilbertson bust on display; formal dedication set for Jan. 18

    The bronze bust  of Keith Gilbertson Sr. has been installed at Snohomish High School to help jump-start a second phase of fundraising to permanently endow a memorial scholarship honoring the Panther coaching icon. Coach Gilbertson, a 1945 SHS graduate, was a teacher for 31 years and coached for 61 years at his alma mater, including […]

  • Coach Dan Dittmer will “never forget” one of Mr. Gilbertson’s letters

    Coach Gilbertson was well known for his prolific letter-writing. It was how he kept in touch. From thanking people to congratulating them to encouraging them, he wrote a lot of letters. Here is a story from a reader whose life was forever changed by one of those letters: Mr. Gilbertson had graduated a year after […]

  • Gilbertson bust near completion

    Coach is at the foundry for final casting, and fans are fired up to see the bronze bust commissioned by family and friends to honor the memory of longtime Snohomish High School coach Keith Gilbertson Sr. Gilbertson, who died in 2011 at the age of 83, spent 61 years as an inspirational teacher, coach, and […]

  • Gravelle, Caldwell earn first Gilby scholarships

    It’s hard to think the old coach would be anything but pleased with the selection of Carolyn Gravelle and Darian Caldwell as the first recipients of the Keith Gilbertson Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Snohomish High School. The two 2012 SHS graduates, both stellar scholars and athletes coached by Gilbertson before his death in 2011, share […]

  • Classic views of Keith Gilbertson Sr. in the regional sports press

    Several splendid newspaper articles have focused on Keith Gilbertson Sr. over the final decade of his 61-year coaching career at Snohomish. Coach Gilbertson died in February of 2011 at age 83, ending a legendary career at his high school alma mater. Among the best reads readily assessible on the Internet are a pair of Daily […]

  • Gilbertson left lasting impression on SHS hoops legend

    The following is a Gilby rememberance from Snohomish basketball legend Melina Flores, who was an SHS senior during the 1995-96 season, when Keith Gilbertson Sr. made the transition to coaching Panther girls basketball after more than 30 years of coaching the boys team. Flores is currently an assistant coach at Princeton after a stellar collegiate […]

  • Championship XC coach recalls Gilbertson’s impact in early years

    The following is a Gilby rememberance from former Snohomish High cross country coach Dan Parker, currently the XC coach at Glacier Peak High. A 1970 SHS grad and three-year track/cross country letterman under coach Larry Eason, Parker coached the Panther girls XC teams to four state team titles in 1995, 1996, 2002 and 2003 before […]

  • SHS fitness center renamed in honor of Keith Gilbertson Sr.

    Thousands of Snohomish High School students and athletes will long remember their association with Keith Gilbertson Sr., and thanks to an action by the Snohomish School Board, thousands more will be linked to the legendary high school coach and educator. The school’s one-year-old sports and fitness center has been renamed in honor of Gilbertson, who […]

  • Coach Gilbertson as inspirational in classroom as on the athletic field Gilby teacher (SHS photo)

    You’d have to be in your mid-40s at least if you can remember having Keith Gilbertson Sr. as a teacher at Snohomish High School. And you’ll find others in their mid-70s who sat in his class as early as the sixth grade before the longtime SHS coach and educator settled into his familiar niche as […]

  • Gilby still teaching us, Marsh says of Snohomish coaching icon

    Coach Keith Gilbertson Sr. “is still teaching us,” reflects Snohomish football great Curt Marsh while sharing a story about the drive home following his eulogy of the Snohomish High School coaching legend in 2011 during a community memorial service in the SHS gym. Marsh shared this and other thoughts about Coach Gilbertson during a video session for […]

  • Coaching girls basketball a bliss for Gilbertson in his later years 1999-2000 SHS girls (WIAA photo)

    Girls basketball was a whole new ballgame for Keith Gilbertson, but it soon became a bliss. If he were considering retirement as an SHS volunteer coach, that option was never more open to him than in the 1995-96 school year as Snohomish introduced new head coaches in both football and boys basketball. In football, Gilby’s […]

  • ‘All for You’ is Panthers’ slogan for 2011 football season

    It’s two days before the Snohomish Panthers will open their first football season in 47 years without assistant coach Keith Gilbertson Sr. somewhere on the sideline, and the slogan adopted by this year’s senior players is, “All for You.” It’s not entirely about Gilby, who died in February at age 83 after coaching at Snohomish […]

  • Gilbertson stood out on biggest stage of SHS basketball lore

    Although he was never a head coach in basketball at Snohomish, Keith Gilbertson Sr. still had a profound effect on Panthers hoops over the past five decades. For 30 years, Gilby coached boys basketball as the junior varsity coach and varsity assistant under head coaches Jack de Kubber, Jim Adams and, for one year, George […]

  • Gilbertson’s SHS football legacy: 389 wins and a lifetime of support Gilb with Fenney brothers and Emmil

      A desire to coach his own three sons – none of whom fit the runner’s mold — brought Keith Gilbertson Sr. back to Snohomish High football in 1964 as a member of Dick Armstrong’s staff in Armstrong’s second season as head coach of the Panthers. Gilbertson remained with Armstrong for 31 seasons, helping the […]

  • Blast from the past: Gilbertson fired as football coach

    It’s hard to believe these days, but Snohomish coaching icon Keith Gilbertson Sr. was once fired from an SHS coaching job. It happened more than 50 years ago, but the firing and Gilby’s comeback underscore the mettle of a young coach who would go on to earn near-unanimous community and national respect as a mentor, […]

  • Gilbertson left a remarkable record as track and cross county coach

        Almost anyone who knew Keith Gilbertson could speak of his prowess as a football and basketball coach. But few might know that he was probably even better as a track and cross country coach. Gilby started coaching track when he was still in college, mentoring a Pullman High team that in the spring […]

  • Trackmen salute Coach Gilbertson Bud Rothget photo

    The following are excerpts from 1993 letters written by track and field persons in support of Keith Gilbertson Sr.’s induction into the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame:   Stan Huntsman, 1988 U.S. Olympic track and field coach and a longtime friend and AAU coaching associate of Coach Gilbertson since the late 1950s, considered Gilby “one of the best […]

  • Another hall pass for Coach Gilbertson

    The honors continue for Coach Keith Gilbertson Sr. Despite his many years working in the background as an assistant coach at Snohomish High School, Gilby hardly went unrecognized for his professional excellence. His name appears in no fewer than five halls of fame, the latest being his posthumous inclusion in June among the second group set […]

  • Gilbertson a difference-maker for Panthers, even in his 80s

    Never think that Keith Gilbertson Sr. was merely an iconic figure trotted out to provide inspiration to would-be Panthers. Even in his 80s, Gilbertson made significant contributions to the Snohomish High athletic programs he helped coach. Yes, age took a physical toll on him, and he shouldered less of the workload on game nights in […]

  • Gilbertson all about relationships

      The Postal Service would do well to honor Keith Gilbertson Sr. on a commemorative stamp, simply in recognition of all the postage fees he generated. Throughout his 61-year coaching career at Snohomish, he corresponded regularly with hundreds of coaching colleagues, friends and former students and athletes, many of who became teachers and coaches themselves […]

  • Keith Gilbertson Sr. Timeline

    1927: Born Aug. 20 in Snohomish, second son of Steven and Helen Gilbertson. 1942: Earned first high school letter in spring as ninth-grade tennis player. 1945: Graduated Snohomish High School as four-sport letterman, football captain and two-time Most Inspirational player and entered the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving one year on active duty in the Pacific. 1946: […]

  • "Inspirational" Gilby Won 10 Letters in Four Sports at SHS

    While never a pro talent, Keith Gilbertson still has to rank among the best athletes ever produced at Snohomish High School. Among the few four-year letter winners in SHS history, Gilby earned his first “S” as a ninth-grade tennis player in the spring of 1942, advancing to the district singles final, which would remain the […]

  • Computer Brain

      Gilby remembrance from Dick Rodland, former SHS teammate and longtime teaching and coaching colleague, excerpted from a 1993 letter in support of Keith Gilbertson’s nomination to the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame: In 1944, no one talked about using computers to determine the tendencies of an opposing football team. They didn’t have one? […]