Charles “Tuck” Gionet
Track & Field Coach
Charles “Tuck” Gionet was a common-sense guy who served as a teacher and coach at Snohomish High School for 33 years. He was the Panthers head track and field coach from 1988 to 2015. In 2015 at the age of 55 Tuck passed away. He is survived by his wife Marci, three children and a legion of admirers from near and afar.
In the classroom, Tuck’s reputation was that of a no-nonsense, yet admired, social studies teacher who greatly challenged his students and taught life lessons. In 2013 Tuck was recognized by the Washington State Legislature as the Washington State Civics Teacher of the Year. He also received the Snohomish County Democrats Empower Award and VFW Citizenship Award.
As a demanding coach, an inspiring taskmaster, Tuck pushed and expected much out of his student-athletes. As a result, hundreds of athletes grew and achieved and were grateful for Mr. Gionet. In 1989 he started the Eason Track and Field Invitational which has grown to over 60 teams with 1500 athletes from Canada, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Tuck coached his Panthers to WIAA Track and Field titles in 2001 and 2002. In 2015, he was inducted into the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame. And in 2017, he was inducted into the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame.
Tuck played many parts in his life as a husband, father, friend, coach, teacher, advisor, and “quiet hero”. A winner on the field and in life. A man of the ages.
Gionetisms: “For cryin’ out loud” .….. “Make a difference” …… “Don’t do anything stupid!”