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May 31, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea will return for 2011-12

NateRobinson11_2.JPG Seattle Times photo by Dean Rutz

There has been talk that Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea would not be returning to coach the Vikings’ boys basketball program next season.

Bethea put that rumor to rest Tuesday, when he reinforced that he will continue to coach until he feels like he can no longer help the athletes in his program.

“It’s just my passion for it,” said Bethea, when asked what drives him. “If I’m going to go out, I’m going to go out on my own terms. As long as I feel I can contribute to the game and to the kids, I’m going to stay in there and do it.”

Bethea has been coaching at Rainier Beach for 19 years — 17 as the head coach — and has won four Class 3A state championships.

He continues to focus on helping his players get an opportunity to develop into athletes and people who can compete and succeed in college.

“My goal ultimate goal still is to help kids be able to move on to the next level if they’re good enough,” he said.

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