SPOKANE, Wash. -- A public memorial service began Monday afternoon to honor Linda Sheridan.
Dozens of former athletes came together to honor Sheridan in the Shadle Park High School Gym. A gathering followed at The Lincoln Center.
Former athletes, managers and coaches wore yellow to symbolize Sheridan’s impact on sports in Spokane. People at the memorial shared stories and said Sheridan loved the students she coached. Former Shadle athlete, Lori Stokes, said Sheridan created a culture of fearlessness.
The memorial ended with former athletes placing yellow roses in a vase between Sheridan’s two championship trophies.
The 65-year-old died Saturday, April 20th. She was diagnosed with ALS two years ago.
The former coach graduated from WSU in 1969 and coached at Shadle Park High School in Spokane for 24 years until retiring in1998.
She was known for a huge number of wins during her career at Shadle as both the girls’ volleyball and basketball coach. She won seven state championships, including five in volleyball. Her Shadle girls won the state basketball title in 1988 and 1989.
She was inducted into the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the Washington State University Hall of Fame in 2004 and WIAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
Her career coaching record in both sports was an incredible 820 wins and 214 losses.
The gym at Shadle Park was named Linda Sheridan Court in 2010.