Clark College honors Skeet O’Connell Sept. 13

In the athletics building that bears his name, Claude “”Skeet”” O’’Connell, who passed away on July 14, will be honored on Thursday, Sept. 13. The memorial ceremony and celebration of O’Connell’s life is open to the public, and will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the O’’Connell Sports Center on Clark College‘s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way. Directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps. Speakers include Clark College President Robert Knight, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt, former Washington state Rep. Robert Schaefer, and former Clark College Athletic Director Dennis Huston.

A mentor to numerous alumni who still speak gratefully of his influence, O’’Connell joined the staff of Clark College when it reopened in 1946, after World War II. He served as director of athletics and physical education at Clark for 41 years, coaching basketball, baseball, and golf. In 1960, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Intercollegiate Athletic Association, District II. In 1981 and 1982, he was named “Coach of the Year” by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC), and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1989.

The Clark College sports center was named in his honor in 1986. In 2009, the building was rededicated, following a two-year renovation. O’’Connell was inducted into the inaugural class of the Clark College Athletics Hall of Fame earlier this year.