Anyone who knew Chuck was well-aware of his reputation as a "tough" while growing up in Tacoma. I vividly recall his old high school mate and later very successful East High Coach, Frank Bratonia, telling me that during their growing years, Chuck used to go anywhere in Tacoma he wanted. Nobody messed with Chuck and his 38th Street Gang.

I often wondered what my coaching mentor would have done had he not pursued his life's passion, football, so one late autumn Saturday morning interviewing Semancik on our Coaches Corner show for AM1490...KBRO, my curiosity finally triumphed over the fear he would leap across the table and throttle me...too much coffee, I guess.

I popped the question. "Chuck, where would you be today if it wasn't for football" He looked right at me and with no hesitation shot back in very serious and honest voice, "Why, Lanny, I'd be in prison." My retort was a dumbfounded, "...and after these words from some of the nice people bringing you the Coaches Corner, we'll be right back."

Two and two started to make four in this assistants eyes. Chuck always championed kids who had a difficult time growing up or youngsters that were in trouble. Football was a tool that helped steer him along the straight and narrow, and he used it to help those troubled walk the right side of the line...(see 2008 newsletter's front page story by Dr. John Jackson).

- Lane C Dowell, Ass't. Football West Wildcats




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