Sports

Top Sequim prep coaches of the decade

Call it a renaissance of sports, if you will.

Sequim prep athletes made each prep season this decade something to watch.

And behind those athletes, some of the best coaches to don the purple and gold.

Below is a compilation of whom I consider the top

Sequim High coaches of the decade, with some of their highlights included, from league titles and playoff appearances to some of the top athletes they helped mentor to athletic successes.

A couple of qualifiers to this list. One, the list is alphabetical, perhaps for the obvious reason that this isn't meant to be a top 1-10 kind of list. The sports each of them coaches are significantly (or vastly) different from the others and are hardly comparable.

Two, as a reader of mine pointed out when I wrote about SHS football coach Erik Wiker a few weeks back, we shouldn't forget about the coaches, volunteers and parents at the youth, recreation and middle school levels, plus assistants at the high school level, for contributing to a coach's success. Sequim has been blessed with a number of quality youth organizations past and present - Sequim Little League, Sequim Junior Soccer, Sequim Youth Basketball, Wolfpups, Mat Rats, Team Turbo (volleyball), Olympic Peninsula Aquatics, etc. - that contributed to building these programs.

Finally, there are a few current coaches absent from the list. I'm not worried. They all promised me they'd stick around for the 2010-2019 decade, so they can be on the next list.



Dave Brasher

Boys soccer

Seasons: 10 (2000-2009)

Overall record: 96-56-13

Playoff appearances: 7 (2003-2007, 2008-2009)

State appearances: 2 (2004, 2009)

League titles: 2 (2002, 2009)

Notes: Helped Wolves to their first-ever league title in 2002 and first state playoff appearance in 2004 ... thrice named league Coach of the Year (2004, 2007, 2009) ... coached school's all-time leading goal-scorer (Kai Antrim), all-time assists leader (Vann Brasher) and all-time shutouts leader (Kyle McKenzie) ... coached 38 different all-league players, including one MVP (Luke Apple, 2004), a co-MVP (Vann Brasher, 2003) and 22 all-league first-team players ... led Wolves to 13-0 league mark in 2004 ...



Mark Fischer

Wrestling

Seasons: 6 (2000-2006)

Overall record: 43-18

Playoff appearances: 6

State appearances: 6 (2001-2006)

League titles: 2 (2002, 2005-tie)

Notes: Led Sequim to seventh-place finish at 2002 state 3A tournament ... coached state champion Kyle Keith (215 pounds) in 2002 ... helped Wolves to 21 state tournament berths and 10 medals (top-eight finishes) ...



Doug Hastings and Mark Textor

Girls and boys tennis

Seasons: 10 (2000-2009)

Overall record: Boys 107-8, girls 87-13, 14-11 coed

Playoff appearances: 10 each (boys and girls, 2000-2009)

State appearances: 11 (boys 2006-

2009; girls 2003-2009)

League titles: 10 (boys 2001-2003, 2005, 2008-2009; girls 2005-2007, 2009

Notes: Duo led Sequim teams to eight undefeated seasons, four each for boys and girls ... Textor led girls to four consecutive district championships from 2004-2007, a 38-game winning streak and share of 2007 state 2A title, only team title in Sequim High School history. Girls placed in top five at state in three of past four seasons ... Hastings helped boys to 43-game match winning streak ... in decade, coached 18 different athletes - seven boys, 11 girls - to state tournaments ...



Mel Hendrickson

Fastpitch softball

Seasons: 7 (2003-2009)

Overall record: 105-54 overall, 67-31 in league play

Playoff appearances: 6

State appearances: 4 (2004-2005, 2007, 2009)

League titles: 1 (2006)

District titles: 0

Notes: Coached Sequim to its first state tournament win in school history (2004) and their best finish at state ever (fifth place) in 2007 ... Hendrickson has seen 21 different players earn all-league honors, including 10 first-teamers and one league Most Valuable Player (Jessica Rosencrants) ...



Harold Huff

Cross country

Seasons: 9 (2001-2009)

Overall record: 91-50 (girls 52-15, boys 39-35)

Playoff appearances: 9

State appearances, team: 10 (girls 2002-2008, boys 2006-2008)

League titles: 7 (girls 2001-2003, 2005-2007; boys 2005)

District titles: 5 (girls 2005-2008, boys 2006)

Notes: Coached two individuals (Stephanie Marcy in 2006, Allison Cutting in 2008) to individual state championships ... helped SHS girls teams finish on the medal stand at the state meet (a top-eight finish) four times, including a school-best fourth place in 2006 and 2008. Helped boys to a school-best 10th-place finish in 2006 ... Olympic League Coach of the Year in 2008 ...



Linda Moats (Bingler) and Susan Craig

Girls swimming/diving

Seasons: 10 (2000-2009)

Overall record: 61-35

Playoff appearances: 9

State appearances: 9 (2001-2009)

League titles: 4 (2002-2005)

District titles: 1 (2006)

Notes: Coached Wolves to a third-place finish at 2006 state 2A meet, best finish in school history, and sixth place at state 3A meet in 2004 ... Wolves earned five state titles in decade: three from Summer Jackson (50 free and 100 butterfly in 2004, 100 breaststroke in 2002) and one each from diver Stacia Bibler (2006) and breaststroker Justine Textor (2005) ... SHS swimmers and divers have racked up 29 medals (top-eight finishes) at state meets ... Moats was named state 2A Coach of the Year in 2006 ...



Brad Moore

Track & field

Seasons: 10 (2000-2009)

Overall record: Girls 84-10, boys 81-13 since 2002

Playoff appearances: 10

State appearances: 10 (2000-2009)

League titles: 9 (girls 2003-2005, 2007, 2008; boys 2003-2006)

Notes: Moore and assistants coached five athletes to state titles including four in the past five years: Anna LaBeaume in shot put (2009), Kincaid Nichols in 100-meter dash (2008), Stephanie Marcy in 1600 (2007) and Brian Savage in javelin (2005), plus Mike Erickson in pole vault (2000) ... Sequim athletes have earned 35 state medals (top-eight finishes) in decade ... coached 42 different athletes to state competitions in individual events or relay competitions ...



Brian Roper

Boys basketball

Seasons: 5.5 (2000-2005)

Overall record: 81-43 overall, 60-18 in league play

Playoff appearances: 4

State appearances: 1 (2001)

League titles: 1 (2004)

Notes: Coached 11 different all-league players, including eight first-teamers, a league MVP in 2004 (Brady Marunde) and league co-MVPs in 2001 (Chris Pendleton and James McCutcheon) ... was named league Coach of the Year twice, in 2001 and 2004 ... led Wolves to eighth-place finish at state 3A tournament, their best showing at state since 1989 and first time playing at the state 3A level ...



Jennie Webber Heilman

Volleyball

Seasons: 10 (2000-2009)

Overall record: 117-52 overall, 104-19 in league play

Playoff appearances: 10

State appearances: 4 (2000, 2002, 2004, 2008)

League titles: 4 (2000-2002, 2004)

District titles: 1 (2000)

Notes: Won four league titles in five years at beginning of decade ... her Wolves have 15 wins at district tourneys or district play-in games ... league mark between 2000-2004 was 59-2 ... never lost a match to Port Angeles in the decade ... coached 21 all-league players in the last six seasons, including five first-teamers. Also coached two league MVPs in Alanna O'Hara and Megan Thompson ... her Wolves were state 3A academic champions in 2002 ...



Erik Wiker

Football

Seasons: 2004-2009 (6)

Overall record: 53-14 overall, 33-1 in league play

Playoff appearances: 6

State tourney appearances: 4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

League titles: 5 (2004-2007, 2009)

Notes: By far, the program's winningest coach in SHS history; passed Bill Schade for most wins by a Wolves coach in 2007 ... coached team to first state-tournament win in 2009 and has more state playoff appearances (four) than all other SHS coaches combined (one) ... has coached 55 all-league players - 38 of them first-teamers - and won league Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2006 ... coached five different league Player of the Year award recipients (three on defense, two on offense) and two all-state players ... has 4-2 mark against rival Port Angeles ...

Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@

sequimgazette.com.



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