Longtime UW Swim Coach, Earl Ellis, will be awarded the first-ever Mark Prothero Award at the Husky Swimming Foundation Gala on October 24th. Not surprisingly, Earl was a unanimous selection of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Earl coached All Americans in three different decades as well as male and female Olympic medalists. His won-loss percentage is one of the highest of any sport at the University of Washington, but his longtime influence over swimmers from every era is what defined Earl’s time at the University of Washington. A member of the Husky Hall of Fame, Earl currently is enjoying retirement in Eastern Washington, but will be present for the award presentation at this year’s Gala.
The Mark Prothero Award is awarded to an individual for their outstanding performance as a swimmer, volunteer or coach at the University of Washington and his/her longtime commitment to the swimming community in the Northwest. The award is in honor of Mark Prothero, four-year letter winner at the UW, longtime age-group and high school coach in the area and a founding member of the Husky Swimming Foundation. He had enormous influence in the lives of hundreds of teenage athletes. His presence is missed, but his influence continues on.