Woodinville hired Mark Folsom as the school’s new boys’ varsity basketball coach. Folsom, who spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Boise State, Portland State and Seattle Pacific, returns to the school where he graduated in 1992.
Folsom replaces Jamie Rowe, who took the head job at Lake Washington this summer.
“I really want to come in and bring a different energy and a different focus and really kind of change the culture to where the basketball kids view themselves as basketball guys,” Folsom. “Woodinville is kind of known as a football powerhouse in this area. I want our basketball kids to carry that same swag, I guess.”
Folsom said he’s been involved in the Redmond youth basketball program the last couple of years because he had young kids and wanted to focus on his family. But he said that when this opportunity came along, his wife was fully supportive.
“I knew that some point in time I wanted to have the opportunity to take over the Woodinville program and really give back to the kids and people that are hungry for basketball,” Folsom said. “I just didn’t know when that opportunity would happen.”
Woodinville athletic director Terry Agnew said the school has never made the state playoffs. He said Folsom represents an opportunity to get the basketball program going in that direction.
“When the school was newer we had some success, and we had some alumni that were kind of excited that they heard he was applying for the job,” Agnew said. “It just sounded like this might be a good time to bring somebody in that has been here for some of the good times and try to rekindle that.”