Henry A. "Heime" Bendele
b. 1906- d. 1962
Ballard "Pacific Chairs"
1927 - 1930
For four seasons following his high school days at
Ballard, Henry Bendele, nicknamed "Heime" honed his football
and baseball skills on the Seattle Community League fields
of the late 1920's.
The Ballard Athletic Club, with the bruising 180 lb
fullback with nimble feet, and the linebacker that could
diagnose every offense he faced, went undefeated and
won back-to-back championships in 1927 and 1928. The
1929 season saw Ballard go undefeated until the final game
where the mighty team from Seattle's University District
ended the 17-game winning streak and 5 straight games
without allowing a score.
Washington State College came calling on the big back and
from 1931-1933 Bendele was a Cougar letterwinner that
included letters in baseball during the 1933 and 1934
In 1935 he was hired to coach at Rogers where he remained
until being hired by his alma mater in 1938. Henry
spent the next 22 years as Ballard's football coach touching
countless lives along the way.
In 1940, the Seattle P-I listed him as a nominee for Man
of the Year. He was again nominated for the
prestigious award in 1947. Henry retired in 1959 and
died at a very young age in 1962.
After winning 125 games in his career and being the
winningest coach in Ballard school history, the Washington
State Football Coaches Hall of Fame inducted
him posthumously in 1980.
In a tribute to the coach that touched his life while
attending Ballard in 1951, Victor Salvino donated $50,000 to
the renovation of the high school weight room.
The Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame elected Mr.
Bendele for induction in 1994.
Henry Bendele, using minor league football to sharpen his
skills, parlayed that opportunity into an exceptional
college career, and an eventual profession as a successful
football coach at the high school level.