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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Peter McClure has been coaching the golf team since 1993, the year he completed a round-about journey on the road to his Whitman College degree.
Born and raised in Walla Walla, McClure graduated from its high school in 1962 and then spent two years in the Navy, serving on a destroyer off the coast of Vietnam as the United States slipped into a long, agonizing war.
After returning to the U.S., McClure attended Yakima (Wash.) Community College for two years before enrolling at Whitman in 1969. After completing two semesters as a sociology major at Whitman, he left campus to work full-time at Union Pacific Railroad and raise a family.
McClure still works for the railroad as a conductor. In 1989 he took advantage of Union Pacific's educational assistance program to resume his pursuit of a Whitman degree. Switching his major to English and attending classes part-time, he completed his degree during the 1992-93 academic year.
McClure joined the Whitman golf program as an assistant coach in 1993. In July, 1997, he replaced long-time coach Jim Mastin as the men's golf coach, and later that fall he established Whitman's first-ever women's team.
McClure plays golf regularly and has competed in the championship flight of Walla Walla's All-City golf tournament for several years, placing as high as fourth. He also has a match-play club championship to his credit at the local Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
McClure is married to Cindy Stephenson McClure, a Whitman graduate who teaches psychology at Walla Walla Community College. The couple has two children.