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 [...]
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Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) will induct an auspicious Class of 2022 at their July banquets. The Eastside ceremony in Spokane on July 19 will honor head coaches Ray Ricks (Northwest Christian) and Rick Sloan (Central Valley) for his many years of service as a coach and athletic director Jamie Nilles (West Valley Spokane) will receive the Ed & Shirley Pepple Service Award. The Pat Fitterer positive coaching award will be given to Levi Heyen (Cashmere). The July 21 Westside banquet, at the Nile Shrine Center, will fete five head coaches: John Callaghan (South Kitsap), Mike Kelly (Seattle Prep), [...]
Dwight Dean Pflugrath, 64, of Peshastin, Wash., suddenly passed away on July 11, 2021. He was born Nov. 14, 1956, in Leavenworth Wash. to Alfred and Ester Pflugrath. He attended Peshastin-Dryden school and graduated in 1975. He attended Wenatchee Valley College and Whitworth University in Spokane, earning a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in counseling. Dwight taught class, was a school counselor, athletic director, and basketball and track coach in Mansfield, Ritzville, and Brewster, Wash. After 33 years in public education, he moved back to his hometown of Peshastin, and was hired as an administrator and teacher at Upper Valley [...]
Courtesy of the News Tribune Longtime Clover Park High School boys basketball coach Mel Ninnis has died, his son, Ryan, confirmed to The News Tribune. Ninnis, 65, was battling stage 4 bladder cancer, a diagnosis he received June 10. He was transferred to a Franciscan Hospice center in University Place, where he spent the past few weeks of his life surrounded by friends, family and former players. He died around 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to his son. “It’s been a whirlwind,” Ryan Ninnis said. “It’s a surreal situation how fast everything came out.” Ninnis said the situation was made easier by [...]
Join us for the FallWIBCA 9th Annual Coaches Clinic.IMPORTANT:CLICK HEREFor important COVID-19 Safety Procedure and Regulations for this Event CLCIK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE CLCIK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE WIBCA COACHES CLINIC COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS The WIBCA Basketball Coaches Clinic will follow COVID-19 social distancing and safety guidelines as set by the CDC and local government authorities. While we are taking every possible precaution, we cannot guarantee against exposure during events. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. We are continuously monitoring CDC [...]
WIBCA Plans July Hall of Fame Banquets Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) will induct two years’ worth of Hall of Famers at their July banquets. The Eastside ceremony at Davis High School on July 20 will honor head coaches Eli Juarez (Davis), Roger Sonderland (River View), and Dean Wagenaar (Sunnyside Christian) while also inducting assistant coaches Gary Archer (Ephrata) and Ted Wilkins (Goldendale). For his many years of service at the Yakima State Tournaments, Gene Rostvold will receive the Ed & Shirley Pepple Service Award. The July 22 Westside banquet, at the Nile Shrine Center, will fete longtime Inglemoor [...]
WIBCA MASK UPDATE Due to continual complaints of participants not following masking guidelines, the WIAA in partnership with WSSAAA, WOA, WIBCA and WSGBCA is authorizing basketball officials to remove participants for improper masking compliance. The Governor’s Office and State Department of Health require masks to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times indoors. If an official sees a mask improperly worn, they have the authority to remove the player until the next dead ball. In an effort to avoid officials having to enforce compliance and disrupt the rhythm of games, we are asking coaches to be role models [...]
WIBCA Members We wanted to keep you informed on a couple recent decisions made by our Executive Board. 1. All State Games and post-season awards We appreciate your input and those that did fill out the google form regarding All State Games and post-season awards. Using that input in our recent executive board meeting and with thorough discussion, we have decided that we will not be hosting an All State game or giving out post-season awards. With a high percentage of coaches responding that they are unsure how their own league post-season honors will be determined and that being a key [...]