It is with deep sadness to announce, Bill Geyer, long time coach and friend to all, passed away this morning.
Bill Geyer, Head Baseball Coach at North Mason High School and Hawkins Middle School, passed away on Wednesday, October 23rd after a courageous fight with cancer.
Coach Geyer began his baseball coaching career at NMHS in 1991. He served two years as a volunteer assistant coach, then took on the head coaching duties at Vashon HS for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. He came back to NMHS as an assistant coach from 1995 through 2001 season. Bill was instrumental in starting the baseball program at Hawkins Middle School where he coached from 2008 to 2010 and returned to coach in 2018 and 2019. After the retirement of NMHS head coach, Jay Hultberg in 2011, Coach Geyer took over the Bulldog baseball program and coached through the 2019 season.
Coach Geyer and the Bulldogs had plenty of success on the ball field, but this is not his defining contribution to the community, North Mason High School or Hawkins Middle School. He truly loved the Bulldogs and baseball, but it went beyond that. He loved the kids. He loved people. He loved to be involved.
Besides coaching, Bill was the right-hand man for Athletic Director, Mark Swofford, for many projects outside of baseball. According to Mark Swofford, “As mentioned, with community members, he was instrumental in starting the middle school baseball program; he said, “YES” when asked to help start the Bulldog Booster Club; he said, “YES” when asked to assist with running the annual golf tournament; he said, “YES” when I asked him to help rebuild the stadium press box; he said, “YES” when asked to work with me on building the new stadium ticket booths. After the ‘Voice of the Bulldogs’, Bob Patterson retired, Bill said, “YES” to taking on that role. Basically, he never said, “NO.” During this time, Bill also took on other helpful roles. From driving a school bus, to being a club advisor at North Mason High School, he was always involved in the daily lives of the students.”
Although Bill Geyer was born in Chula Vista, California and raised in Ephrata, Washington, this phrase is still appropriate, “BORN A BULLDOG, RAISED A BULLDOG, A BULLDOG UNTIL I DIE.”
Bill will be greatly missed by the students, staff, and community of North Mason School District.
A memorial service, to take place at North Mason High School, is being planned with the family.