Patrick D. Pfiefer '65
teacher & coach
After graduating from North Central, Pat Pfeifer earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University. While still in college, he volunteered to help coach the Lewis and Clark H.S. freshman football team. It was the start of a coaching career in Spokane area high schools that spanned over four decades. In the fall of 1969, he joined the teaching and coaching staff at Lewis and Clark.
After 15 years at LC, Pat moved to Ferris H.S. in 1984 to become head football coach. During the next 11 years, he led the Saxons to three state playoff appearances, including reaching the semifinals in 1988. Following his retirement from teaching in 1999, Pat continued coaching football as an assistant at Central Valley H.S. Altogether, Pat coached Spokane high school football for 37 years.
Although best known as a football coach, Pat also coached high school track teams in Spokane for 37 years, 17 of them as a head boys or girls coach at LC and Ferris. During those years, he coached 11 individual state champions. He led the LC girls to Greater Spokane League track titles in 1983 and 2005.
During his 30 years in the classroom, Pat primarily taught social studies and economics classes, as well as some physical education. He worked with others to design a lifetime fitness program for Spokane public schools. That program was first integrated into the physical education curriculum at North Central.
In 1992 Pat traveled to Los Angeles to receive the Disney Teacher Award, which honors “outstanding teachers who inspire the joy of learning in America's public and private school students.”
Pat Pfeifer passed away in 2009 after a three-year battle with cancer.