I recently took a quick look at the high-school coaches across the state that have retired/resigned in the last couple weeks. What an incredible list it is.
Ed Pepple, Mercer Island boys basketball. By far the winningest coach in the state and surely among the top in the country.
Tom Moore, Prosser football. Created a Mustangs dynasty on the gridiron, particularly with the help of his talented sons.
Bill Marsh, Eastside Catholic football. Got the Crusaders on top as Metro champions last season. Also a former Star Times coach of the year.
Keith Hennig, Kentwood girls basketball. The reigning 4A state champion and current Star Times coach of the year.
Three of those (Moore, Marsh, Hennig) happened in the last week, with Pepple retiring not long before that. I’m sure there are a couple more I’m forgetting (UPDATE: a reader reminded me of Bainbridge girls basketball coach Penny Geinger, which also reminds me of her fellow league coach, Lakeside’s Sandy Schneider. UPDATE #2: long-time Kamiakin football coach Craig Beverlin resigned this year too.), but I wanted to open up this thread to the readers.
What kind of effect do you think this will have on the Washington prep scene? How big is the loss? Any memories or stories stand out in your experiences with these coaches?
I remember one double-header basketball night at Mercer Island this year. I was there to cover the girls game and write a short three-paragraph story on the boys. After the game I went to grab a “quick quote” from Pepple.
How naive I was.
About twenty minutes later — after a long discussion of all things basketball around league — I was pushing deadline and the M.I. staff nearly packed up my laptop and gear as they closed the gym.