Mike Dulawan

Mike Dulawan, Hall of Fame Inductee

The local sports community was shocked less than five months ago (ed. note – Mike Dulawan passed away in 1996) when Dulawan died of a heart attack at the age of 37. Nobody put more time and effort into youth sports in this area. Dulawan coached many youth sports including girls softball and boys baseball before turning his attention to roller hockey.

Mike helped start the Goleta Hockey League a few years ago and became the driving force behind several of the youth and adult leagues in town. His efforts included helping build, upgrade, and maintain the Goleta Hockey League rink.

He conducted many hockey training clinics for youngsters at several of the local rinks and coached as many as seven roller hockey teams, both youth and adult, at the same time. Mike must be given much of the credit for the explosive growth of this new sport on the West Coast.

Mike and his energetic and dedicated wife, Debbie, found time for all the kids in the Goleta Valley in addition to their own three children. Mike is survived by his daughter, Leiha, age fourteen, and twin sons, Chris and Nick, age ten.

The Dos Pueblos High School will particularly miss his presence and contributions to their campus. This induction recognizes not only Mike’s personal contribution to our community, but also that of all those volunteers and parents who go beyond the boundaries of their immediate families to make a difference.

Mike’s memory serves as an inspiration to all of us who care about kids.