Broadcaster Tom Lafferty (right) is a member of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. (Photo provided by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

Broadcaster Tom Lafferty (right) is a member of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. (Photo provided by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

County Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Tom Lafferty

The longtime AquaSox public address announcer is also a fixture in the prep sports community.

Tom Lafferty

Inducted as: Sports contributor

High school: Snohomish class of 1975

Sports: High school football and basketball broadcasting, Everett AquaSox public address announcer, and more

“Tall Tom” Lafferty has been an institution in the Snohomish County sports community for more than three decades.

It began in 1984 when minor-league baseball came to town in the form of the Northwest League’s Everett Giants, and Lafferty was hired as the team’s first ever public address announcer. It’s a role he’s held ever since, as he’s the only “voice of the team” either the Everett Giants or Everett AquaSox have ever had.

Lafferty is also a fixture in the local high school sports community. He is the sports director and primary play-by-play announcer for KRKO 1380 AM’s high school football and basketball broadcasts, as well as the co-host of Prep Sports Weekly. Other sports Lafferty has served as announcer or broadcaster for include AVP pro beach volleyball, Washington Stealth indoor lacrosse and NASCAR auto racing at Evergreen Speedway.

Lafferty’s honors include being inducted into the Snohomish High School Hall of Fame in 2009, receiving the Northwest League’s Joe Martin Award for exceptional dedication and service in 2010, special commendation from the Snohomish County Officials Association in 2013, and receiving the Dave Duvall Award from the WIAA and District 1 for contribution to youth and community in 2018.

Finally, Lafferty serves as the master of ceremonies for the annual Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame banquet. This year’s banquet was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Lafferty will have to wait until next year to be one of those honored at the banquet instead.

This is the first of nine profiles on the 2020 Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame induction class. This year’s banquet was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the inductees will be officially honored at the 2021 banquet.

Talk to us

More in Sports

County Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Jill Mayer

The 1997 Everett alum has captured six Special Olympics World Games medals, including one gold.

Sue Bird (left) and Breanna Stewart are looking to lead the Seattle Storm to the WNBA championship, just as they did in 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
POLL RESULTS: Readers have big belief in the Seattle Storm

More than three-quarters of the voters picked the Storm to claim the WNBA championship.

Kamiak’s Gilszmer brothers commit to Division-I swim programs

Vlad verbally commits to Cornell and Slava verbally commits to UC San Diego.

Pac-12 reportedly eyeing Oct. 31 start for football

But don’t fault the conference for its extreme caution during a pandemic.

Mariners fall to Giants for 3rd straight defeat

Seattle loses 6-4 and drops both ‘home’ games played in San Francisco due to unhealthy air.

Thomas takes U.S. Open lead with 65 on soft, kind Winged Foot

It was the lowest score in an Open at the course, which is hosting for the sixth time since 1929.

County Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Sean Henderson

The 1990 Cascade alum was an All-American soccer player in high school and in college at UCLA.

Seahawks uncertain how Patriots will deploy Newton

The veteran quarterback carried the ball 15 times in a win over Miami in Week 1.

As Big Ten announces return, Pac-12 still in holding pattern

The conference still has many hurdles to clear before being able to announce a similar plan.

Most Read