North Central Washington

Sports Awards

Paul Seale
Wenatchee Valley College & BC Sports Halls of Fame

Paul Seale came to Wenatchee Junior College from British Columbia in 1959. That year, he was a primary contributor to the Knights at tight end, as well as defensive end in those days of two-way football, and played a major role in leading the team to the Northwest Junior College Championship and an undefeated season. Seale finished the 1960 season with 40 receptions, five touchdowns, and 542 yards gained. He was an all-conference end, garnered the 1960 Team Inspirational Player Award, and was also the first team Junior College All American right end. He was selected to play in the East-West Junior College All Star Game in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Paul went on to start for the Oregon State Beavers and British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League.  In 1962 as a two-way starter for the Beavers, he played on the same team with Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker.  Oregon State played in the Liberty Bowl with Paul’s fumble recovery at the eight yard-line with 2:47 remaining ending Villanova’s threat and preserving a 6-0 victory for the Beavers.

He was a member of the 1964 BC Lions team that was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The Lions won eleven and tied two of sixteen regular season games in 1964 and won the Western Conference title over Calgary, two games to one. On November 28, the Lions defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a score of 34-24 to claim BC’s first ever Grey Cup in Toronto.

After retiring from the CFL, he became a coach at Corvallis High School, Wenatchee Valley College and the Eastmont School District. While leading the Knights as head coach, his 1971 team claimed the state community college championship.  He retired from teaching in 2001, but continued to coach football at the high school and junior high levels for several years including serving as defensive coordinator for the Eastmont High School grid team.