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May 3, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Phil Engebretsen steps down as Enumclaw boys hoop coach

Phil Engebretsen has resigned as head boys basketball coach at Enumclaw, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

He nearly went out with a state championship, but the Hornets lost 51-50 to Union in the Class 3A final. It was their only loss of the season as they finished 27-1.

In his seven seasons at Enumclaw, Engebretsen compiled a 121-48 record — including 50-5 over the past two seasons.

He and his wife, Necia, have three children — Samantha (12) and 10-year-old twins Bryson and Kale. Engebretsen said as much as he enjoyed coaching at Enumclaw, he missed 8 out of 10 games his sons played this past season. He said he plans to continue to teach at the high school.

Here is the resignation letter Engebretsen sent out:

“After several weeks of thought and reflection I have decided to declare my intent to resign effective immediately as head boy’s basketball coach at Enumclaw High School.

I would first like to make it clear that my resignation is not a reflection on Enumclaw High School or the Enumclaw Community. In fact, I truly believe that Coaching at Enumclaw is without a doubt the best basketball job in the state of Washington. We have a supportive administration, a great support staff, terrific student athletes, and an awesome community that supports the teams during times of success and during times of adversity.

The sole reason for my decision is to spend more time with my own immediate family. After 17 years of coaching, seven of which have been in Enumclaw, I have made one of the hardest decisions in my life. It is extremely difficult saying goodbye to so many wonderful young men currently in our program, but I finally decided that I would rather regret not coaching basketball, than to regret some day not spending more time with my own kids. The latter of which would haunt me for a life time. As a coach I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with many terrific young men, but it is now time to spend a little less time with other people’s kids and more time with my own.

Although I am stepping down as the leader of the Hornet Basketball program my family and I will always be huge Hornet Fans. I would like to say thank you to everyone in the Enumclaw community for their support, passion, and encouragement over the years.

Sincerely,

Phil Engebretsen”

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