Vel West was a Legend – played football at Washington State University, In 1972, he was hired by Bob Frazier to service as the Head Varsity Football Coach and teach PE at Bellingham High School. He launched the weight training program, soccer program. He was the head football coach for two decades. While he loved all sports, he also infused dancing instruction into his PE classes. He was known for his commitment to young people, his humor, his zest for life, and his can-do attitude.