Kamiak baseball program honors former player, coach

May 05, 2017
Photo by: David Pan The family of former Kamiak High School baseball coach Frank Nickerson (right) attended a ceremony honoring the contributions of Nickerson before the Kamiak/ Mariner baseball game on Thursday, April 27, at Kamiak High School.

Two individuals who left a lasting impact on the Kamiak baseball program were honored during a pregame ceremony last week at Kamiak High School.

Family members of former coach Frank Nickerson and former player Jake Long were presented with framed jerseys and portraits as a tribute to the contributions that Nickerson and Long made to the program.

The Kamiak Athletic Department, with the support of the Kamiak Athletic Booster Club and the Kamiak Art Department, made the presentation prior to the Thursday, April 27, game against Mariner.

Nickerson, the head baseball coach for two seasons and an English teacher at the high school, passed away last summer after a long battle with cancer.

Nickerson’s teaching career spanned more than 30 years in the Mukilteo School District.

Long, who was one of three Kamiak High School students killed at a party last summer, was a standout athlete and student leader. Long played baseball, basketball and football at Kamiak. He was attending Washington State University.

The Kamiak baseball program will continue to honor Nickerson and Long by issuing the numbers they wore to the most deserving two ballplayers on every Kamiak baseball team beginning next season. The No. 5 and No. 7 jersey will be Nickerson’s and Long’s living legacy to ensure that the characteristics of toughness, integrity, respect, kindness, leadership, and inspiring others remain the cornerstones of the baseball program.

In addition, the program will host the inaugural Jake Long Memorial Baseball tournament on June 30-July 2 at Kamiak High School.

All proceeds from the tournament will go towards the establishment of Kamiak Athletic Booster Club scholarships in Nickerson’s and Long’s honor to be awarded to deserving two senior baseball players on an annual basis.

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