Coaching change for Sequim’s girls basketball: Brown resigns, Rapelje takes over 2 games into season

A few practices and two games into the 2018-2019 season, Larry Brown’s tenure as Sequim High School’s girls basketball varsity head coach is over — and a familiar face is back in the coaching chair.

Brown handed in his resignation to school officials on Dec. 5, SHS athletic director Dave Ditlefsen said.

Linsay Rapelje, who coached the Wolves for two seasons in the mid-2000s, was named the team’s new head coach.

“I did not think I’d get back into coaching,” Rapelje said following her team’s 81-25 win over Forks Monday evening.

“I watched the kids play all last year — they’re so athletic. And they’re nice kids, no drama,” she said.

In a letter sent to SHS players and parents last week Rapelje detailed the coaching change along with her basketball background and some personal thoughts.

“Your daughters inspire me to want to coach again — they truly are an amazing group of young women,” she wrote. “I hope to not only be a positive role model for your daughters both on and off the court, but I also hope to contribute to their continued growth and success in basketball and life.”

Assistant coaches Sven Wiker and Joclin Julmist have stayed on in their respective roles, SHS officials said.

A Spokane native, Rapelje graduated from East Valley High School in 1996 and played collegiate basketball at Western Washington University from 1996-2000. She coached at WWU basketball and NBC basketball camps while a player, and coached basketball at Edmonds-Woodway High School and Meadowdale High School after her time at WWU.

Rapelje moved to Sequim in 2002 to teach English and coach girls’ soccer and girls’ basketball until 2006. Since then she has worked as a teacher-librarian at Sequim High School.

Rapelje’s teams qualified for the postseason in both of her seasons as varsity head coach, going 15-9 in 2004-2005 and 10-11 in 2005-2006.

She left coaching as she and husband Isaac, also a teacher at Sequim High School, started a family. The newest coaching opportunity is working out well, however.

“It’s been awesome; I love it,” Rapelje said.

Brown’s Wolves went 8-14 and qualified for districts in 2016-2017, then went 8-12 and missed the postseason in 2017-2018.