TACOMA, Washington – The University of Puget Sound and Tacoma communities lost a football legend when Paul "Big Wally" Wallrof passed away earlier this week.
Wallrof was an integral part the Logger athletics program from 1966 through 1985, first serving as an assistant football coach and then Puget Sound's head coach from 1973 through 1978. At the helm of the football program, Wallrof led the Loggers to a 31-18-1 record.
Wallrof won the Gold Helmet Award for community service from Washington High School Coaches Association. He was a founder and former President of Tacoma/Pierce County National Football Foundation.
He was inducted into the Puget Sound Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. That same year, the University of Puget Sound published a feature story about Wallrof (click HERE). In the story, Wallrof credits his service in the Marine Corps for putting him on the path to make a career of coaching football.
After his service, Wallrof graduated from the University of Washington in 1958. He coached and taught at Seattle public schools for seven years, up until he received a phone call from Puget Sound in 1966. "It was a dream come true for me," Wallrof said of the opportunity to coach football with the Loggers.
The Loggers will wear stickers on their helmets this season to commemorate Wallrof's legacy.