TUMWATER, Wash. – The winningest high school football coach in Washington State, Sid Otton, is retiring.
Otton’s coached at three high schools, including Tumwater High where he’s been the coach since 1974. During his career, he has won 388 games, and lost 129. He’s made more than two dozen playoff appearances, and taken home six state titles.
“All we can do is ask them to give their best,” said Otton.
More than a winning coach, players from the past remember his character.
“He's a role model. He’s just an amazing man,” said former players Tim and Terrell Hopkins.
Fred Center played for Otton the first year he was coach.
“I lost my dad in ’75, and he was the first one at my house to console my mother and I,” said Center. “He’s been a blessing ever since.”
To honor Otton, former players from the last four decades arrived at Friday night’s game in their old letterman jackets and jerseys. They lined the field as a way to say thank you to Otton for 43 years at Tumwater High.
“I love these young men. I love the coaches that I have coached with, and I consider myself really a lucky person,” said Otton.
Otton and his team are still in the Class 2A playoffs. They defeated the Washougal Panthers 44-0 Friday.