NHSBCA Announces the Recipients of the 2021 John Wooden Legacy Award for Washington to Gary Wusterbarth, (Retired-Steilacoom High Schoo). Gary is the recipient of the John Wooden Legacy Award for his many years of successful service as head coach at Steilacoom High School and also his contributions to WIBCA and the NHBSCA. Gary efforts have included: Coached vs. Cancer, All State games coordinator, mentoring other states on how to set up state coaches associations, many duties as a long time WIBCA board member and various other contributions to the game of basketball.
The National High School Basketball Coaches Association has teamed with the Wooden family and the Paycom Wooden Legacy tournament to present an annual John Wooden Legacy Award to a boys and girls coach in each state. The recognition seeks to honor scholastic basketball coaches around the country who are educators and have achieved excellence on the floor, in the classroom and in the community that further embody the characteristics and legacy of Coach John Wooden. The criteria for this award are rooted in the ideals of Education, Longevity, Character, Service and Excellence.
The inaugural class of recipients of this award include 78 scholastic leaders from 41 states. For more information, please visit NHSBCA.org.