Hall of Fame Inductees - 2015

Gabriel Suarez: Pasco native, graduating from PHS in 1992. Gabriel pursued his higher education locally at CBC where he received his associates of arts degree and then went on to Cheney, WA where he received a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Eastern Washington University. As a high school senior, Gabriel was awarded a scholarship by an organization known as the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program (HAAP). Since receiving his degree and entering his professional career, Gabriel has given back in service to HAAP. During his time with HAAP, he became a board member in 1997, fundraiser chair, and has also served as President of HAAP. Gabriel extended his services to another passion of his: the sport of soccer. Over the years, Gabriel has coached YMCA, TCYSA, and now two competitive soccer teams while serving as the Three Rivers Soccer Club President. Gabriel also worked at Lockheed Martin as an IT manager supporting the Hanford mission.  

Gary Larsen: Is a lifetime resident of Pasco, Gary’s parents started farming north of Pasco in the early 60’s. Gary graduated from PHS in 1977. He was very involved in school activities and athletics. Gary was elected and served as ASB Vice President during his senior year. After graduating, Gary proudly and unselfishly served the Tri Cities community and the state of Washington. Gary was elected as a commissioner to Washington asparagus commission. Gary devoted countless hours to public service as a commissioner. Gary made many positive contributions to businesses and commerce in Washington state in carrying out the commissions mission to support the economic sustainability of the Washington asparagus industry. Gary provided strong leadership and innovation and worked hard to build relationships necessary for the industry to meet grower and consumer needs. Starting in 1980, Gary was a volunteer firefighter for Franklin County Fire District #3. In 1997, Gary was awarded the District’s Firefighter of the year award.  

Jay Covington: is a true bulldog who bleeds purple and white. Jay started his Pasco Pride journey at Mark Twain Elementary school, and then on to Stevens Middle school. Jay graduated from Pasco High School in 1986. Jay graduated from New Mexico Highlands University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 2001 he received his Master's degree in education from NMHU. During Jay’s senior year at Pasco High School, Jay was named athlete of the year by the Tri-Cities sportswriters. Athletics were only one of Jays strengths while at PHS. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Dr. James S Denning award. The Denning award is given to athletes who are exemplary in academics, character, and inspiration. In 1988, Covington transferred to NMHU in Las Vegas, NM with a football scholarship. While at NMHU, he was a defensive linebacker for the Cowboys and ended his college career in 1989 with 114 tackles and was named Defensive Player of the Year. In 2008, Jay became head wrestling coach for PHS. Since then, he has led the Bulldogs to multiple championships and conference titles. In 2015, Jay was named MCC Coach of The Year. Honors, awards, and championships aside, Jay’s dream for his wrestlers is that they fulfill their potential on the mat and in life.