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 [...]
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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 [...]
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Adams, mother Elizabeth Adams, and sister Suzanne Rowe. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sally (Luark) Adams, brother Lewis Adams, sons Kirk (Roz) Adams and Jay (Sheri) Adams, daughter Melissa (Sam) Luna, and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim was born in Hoquiam, WA. He spent most of his early years at Lake Quinault, and moved to Montesano as a freshman in high school. After graduation he attended Grays Harbor Community College, Washington State University and Western Washington University where he earned a degree in education. He then taught [...]
It is with great sadness that the basketball community and the state of Washington said farewell to retired Mercer Island head basketball coach, Ed Pepple, who passed away on the morning of September 14th, 2020. To everyone he was “Coach Pepple”. The list of accomplishments and accolades achieved by Coach has no peer, he simply is “The GOAT”. The all-time winningest coach in the history of boys basketball in the state of Washington with 952 wins (Mercer Island HS, Mark Morris HS and Fife HS) achieved over 49 years and also inducted to numerous hall of fames, this was only [...]
Longtime Edmonds CC men’s basketball coach Keith Kingsbury, right, poses with Edmonds College coach Kyle Gray during the Tritons’ 2020 basketball season. After a battle with cancer, former Edmonds Community College men’s basketball coach Keith Kingsbury died on Monday, Aug. 24, less than five weeks after his 80th birthday. Kingsbury’s coaching statistics are eye popping and are worthy of an individual who has been inducted into three separate Hall of Fames: Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association in 2009, Northwest Athletic Conference in 2013 and the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame in 2016. His numbers merit legendary status: [...]
As Coaches, both Head and Assistant we are teachers and leaders. WIBCA Coaches are dedicated to working within our own communities and the state of Washington with local leaders, officials and law enforcement agencies to create long-lasting and sustainable change across our state. Join us in this journey. Enter your name into our drawing for a set of 15 T Shirts with a Slogan supporting Coaches for Racial Justice. We will be drawing two coaches (two different schools of boys programs only!) who will receive 15 T-shirts. Use the form below to give us all your contact information for you [...]