Al Bivens’ 33-year coaching career at Aberdeen was highlighted by state track championships in 1963 and 1964.
He coached many of the greatest track athletes in school history, including numerous state champions and national-ranked decathlete Bob Lawson.
A native of Nebraska, Al was a standout track athlete at Hastings College and owned a school record in the 440-yard run that was eventually broken by future University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne. He also played semi-pro basketball.
A teacher for 42 years, Bivens taught industrial arts at Aberdeen High School and also evening classes at Grays Harbor College. He retired from education in 1976.