Being a coach is year around, this is as important now more than ever. If nothing else, these past few months have been very challenging for all of us.  We have all had to adjust to something different, life in a pandemic, where  uncertainty is the norm.   As coaches, we should use our time to help others. What have you done in the last twelve weeks to make yourself better… a person and as part of your team? We should subscribe to the ideology that our teams, community, or any collective group can overcome all struggles by being there for one another.  This fall your student athletes, your coaching colleagues, and even yourself are all going to need the influence that a coach of significance can provide.  Focus on building those strong relationships and building each other up.  We all know it is going to take a team effort to build a positive team culture, and those lasting relationships have their foundation in trust and respect. Both of those have to be earned.   As we navigate these trying times let’s look at those  relationships we build as a privilege that one has. Ask yourself What is it that I can share, And how can I help this person?
Continue to look for updates on our home page and on our social media, As always please let any of us at WIBCA know if there is anything that we can do for you!
“If you help enough people get what they want, you’ll always get what you want”
Be Well and Be Safe
Grow Your Game
Joe Harris, President WIBCA


On Aug 12, 2020 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm please join the WIBCA board and special guests Mick Hoffman (WIAA Executive Director) and Andy Barnes (WIAA Assistant Executive Director/Liaison to boys basketball) for a special ZOOM meeting where Mick and Andy will update coaches on pertinent WIAA information as it relates to the recent modifications made to the 2020-2021 athletics calendar due to COVID-19 (July 21st WIAA press release/calendar, links are below), state tournaments, seeding, classification, foundation games, etc. We will have the chat box feature of ZOOM available for coaches to post questions to Mick and Andy. Upon completion of their presentation, WIBCA Executive Board members will update coaches on WIBCA updates, events, and information.
To join the call please use the following link:

Meeting ID: 973 9881 5384
Passcode: 267317

WIAA July 21st, 2020 Press Release

WIAA 2020-2021 Modified Sports Season Calendar


If you would like to be considered for a possible position on the WIBCA Executive Board (membership vote to determine) if we expand our board, and if so, by how many positions, please fill out this application form to assist us with our vetting process. The vote on possible board expansion will be made at our fall WIBCA meeting in October, 2020. If approved by membership we will then keep applications open for 1-2 weeks after the vote is taken before making a decision.

After selling out all 500 membership spots in the first 48 hours last May, I’m excited to share that Key5 Coaching membership is now open to coaches everywhere!
The recipient of the 2020 WIBCA/BADEN basketball scholarship this year is Ian Mahler from Lake Stevens High School. Ian has been involved with WIBCA for many years serving as a ball-boy at various All-State games when he was younger to a participant multiple times in our WIBCA Showcase. Ian played for Mark Hein at Lake Stevens and was a three-year varsity member of the basketball team. Ian earned Honorable Mention All-WESCO 4A this past year. Ian plans to go to the University of Northwestern-St.Paul in Minnesota to study Math Education and play basketball!  Ian wanted to thank WIBCA and further shared “Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me. I have worked hard for what I got and I’m glad it’s paying off. I’ve been apart of WIBCA pretty much my whole life so this was awesome to receive the scholarship!
Congratulations to Ian and we look forward to following his career in Minnesota and his future career in education and coaching.
Update from the National High School Basketball Coaches Association. Just as COVID-19 wrecked havoc with our school year and summer basketball, the same can obviously be said for the impact it had on the NHSBCA.  WIBCA, working under the umbrella of our national association (NHSBCA), had to cancel our second annual June D1 Shootout at Bellevue College. Working in collaboration with the WIAA, NCAA and NABC, it was clear that we had no choice when the cancellation was determined in mid-April. The NHSBCA working Operations Committee (of which WIBCA was a participant of) met weekly to determine the next best course of action in collaboration with the NCAA and NABC.  Both these association came to a clear realization that by having student-athletes  participating in recruiting events and allowing coaches to attend these events was clearly not the smart thing to do.  Thus, the NCAA Basketball Council continued the “Dead Period” of recruiting through August 31st with a determination of lifting that coming at a later date and allowing a possible fall weekend for D1 coaches to attend scholastic events. WIBCA will continue be a part of this process and keep you informed. The 2020 national summer conference that was to be held in Cleveland, Ohio was cancelled; however the plan is to still have the meetings there in 2021.  The NHSBCA has has been conducting multiple ZOOM calls with leaders and summer D1 event operators from across the United States regularly and we anticipate that the 2021 summer conference will be one of the best attended conferences since our inception 2005. Last years Seattle event brought in 49 attendees which was the second largest attended conference for the NHSBCA.
Please take a look at the link below. WIBCA strives hard to be accurate with our coaching records, if you see yourself or a coach you know who is on this list, please double check the actual record to ensure it is correct. If we are missing a coach, please send their name, school(s) they coached at, years and win-loss record to Pat Fitterer @

Saturday October 17, 2020  
Ellensburg High School, Ellensburg, WA (Changed)
(Subject to change/adjusted)                                       

8:30 -8:50 Registration and visit exhibits
8:50-9:00 Sponsor demonstration
9:00-9:50 Brandon Evenson-20 year Head Coach at Bridgeport and currently Ephrata with over 250 wins. Ephrata is known for shooting a lot of 3’s and using the 3point line to win games.
TOPIC: “What is your staple?” Conditioning and shooting mentality
9:55-10:05 Sponsor demonstration
10:10-11:00 Felice Orrell- 2020 State Champion Head Girls Coach at Central Valley of Spokane. She was promoted from assistant coach to head coach one week before this season started. Coach Orrell’s was previously head coach at Eastmont High School. Coach Orrell was an outstanding player at Central Valley and led her teams to two state championships. She then went on to have a great all conference career at Eastern Washington University.
TOPIC: Culture and Core Values
11:10:12:00 Austin Johnson-2020 NBC NAIA D1 National Coach of the Year at Lewis-Clark State College in his second year as head coach.  LC was ranked sixth in the nation and had a number two seed to this year’s NAIA tournament before the tournament was cancelled. Coach Johnson led LC to winning the league and conference tournament for the second consecutive year with a record of 29-3.  In his first season LC had a 30-7 record and made it to the NAIA semi-final game, the first in the school’s history. Coach Johnson was the head coach at Corban University in Oregon the previous two years.
TOPIC: Lewis-Clark State College basketball: The Warrior way
12:00-1:50 WIBCA WORKING LUNCH Biannual meeting
1:50-2:00 Sponsor demonstration
2:00-2:50 Keffrey Fazio- Assistant Men’s Coach at Seattle Pacific University. In his first season with SPU helped them to a 22 win season, GNAC championship and NCAA tournament appearance.  Previously coached West Seattle High School where he was honored with Seattle Metro coach of the year in 2017 and again in 2018 and the 2017 NFHS Washington State coach of the year.
TOPIC: SPU Defense
3:00-3:50 Grant Leep- Seattle Pacific University Head Coach led his team to a 22-7 record and the 2020 GNAC Championship. With back to back NCAA tournament appearances Grant was honored with the 2020 GNAC coach of the year. WIBCA is proud that a Mount Vernon high school star and a four-year letterman from the University of Washington has come to give back to the coaches of Washington. Grant played in the Washington All-State games and Northwest shootout, representing the best players from Washington.
TOPIC: SPU Offense
4:00-4:50 Dave Rice-University of Washington Assistant Coach. A tremendous teacher of the game and as Coach Hopkins says “Coach Rice is a proven winner”.  Dave played at UNLV for Coach Tarkanian, leading them to the NCAA tournament Final Four twice, 20 years as a college assistant, and four year head coach at UNLV and lead UNLV to the NCAA tournament twice.
TOPIC: UW Basketball
5:00-5:50 Mike Hopkins-University of Washington Head Coach. In three seasons Mike has been named Pac 12 Coach of the Year twice, brought 20 plus wins in a season twice and a NCAA tournament appearance. Coach Hopkins enthusiasm is contagious and he has once again filled the seats at Alaska Airlines Arena. Coach Hopkins brings the same enthusiasm to every speaking engagement. Assisted and player for Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim as was an integral part of the Syracuse 2003 National Championship.
TOPIC: Famous 2-3 Zone
7:30-TBD Joe Harris (WIBCA Hall of fame) Horse Races
Sunday October 18, 2020
8:30-9:00 Registration and visit exhibits
9:00-9:50 WIBCA Round Table with 6 Hall of Fame Coaches. Each coach sharing 3 of the best things they did while they were a head coach. Pat Fitterer, Nalin Sood, Dave Dickson, Gary Wusterbarth, Tim Gaebe and Joe Harris.
10:00-10:50 Scott Orness-2020 State Championship coach at North Kitsap High School. 16 years as a Head Coach with 300 wins. Winning league championship the last 5 years in a row and the district tournament the past two years. Scott also led Bainbridge to the championship game in 2007.
TOPIC: Building a championship program: Behind the scenes of North Kitsap High School.
11:00-11:50 Blake Conley-Head Coach at Union High Hchool in Vancouver. Union has won seven straight league championships and placed 3rdin state in 2019-2020. Previously at Kingston High School. Coach Conley has a 228-59 overall record with six top 4 state trophies.
TOPIC: The Union practice: How we organize and get the most out of practice

If you would like to submit a current or former head or assistant coach for consideration to the WIBCA Hall of Fame, please take a look at link below for necessary information on the requirements and nomination process. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Hall of Fame inductions were delayed until 2021.  If you have questions, please contact Dave Dickson, WIBCA Hall of Fame Chairman at

WIBCA Hall of Fame Nomination Information

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