In 2018, after 25 years as Snohomish High baseball coach, Kim retired. His teams won the 1998 & 2008 4A state championships, finished second in 2007, appeared in 10 state tourneys, and won 7 district titles. His record at Snohomish was 385-209 (64.8%). 385 wins is among the most wins by a Washington high school baseball coach, which included an incredible 20-0 season record in 2015.
Kim, a 1964 graduate of Snohomish, played basketball and baseball there then baseball for four years as Central Washington University’s (CWU) shortstop. In 1968 & 1969, he was named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American shortstop. In ‘68, he helped lead CWU to its first NAIA World Series and was named to the All-World Series team.
After CWU, he began teaching and coaching. He taught Physical Education for 20 years with the Edmonds School District. Kim was assistant coach at Green River Community College, head coach for three decades with summer American Legion teams, head coach at Everett Community College from 1973-77, and head coach at Everett High in 1978. Kim spent the next 33 years at Snohomish as assistant softball coach with his wife Sherri from 1984-88, assistant coach with Gary Bedlington from 1989-92, and was Snohomish’s head coach from 1993-2018.
Kim’s honors and awards include:
· 1999 Central Washington University Hall of Fame—1968 baseball team of which he was a member.
· 2003 Central Washington University Hall of Fame
· 2005 Washington State Coaches Achievement Award
· 2007 Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame
· 2008 Washington All-State Baseball Team as Coach of the Year.
Former Snohomish player, University of Washington and professional pitcher, Aaron West, said when Kim retired, “Hammons is Snohomish baseball… He put Snohomish baseball on the map.”
For Kim, baseball was a family affair. Sherri was the team’s official scorekeeper, sons Jake and Nick played for him at Snohomish and later returned to coach there. Nick is now Snohomish’s head baseball coach. His daughter Cadi was always an avid fan.