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Basketball: Gig Harbor hires boys coach; Enumclaw searching for one

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on April 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm with 1 Comment »
April 20, 2011 8:22 pm

Craig Brooks has been named the boys basketball coach at Gig Harbor High School. Brooks, a 2002 graduate of Peninsula High School, coached the Tides JV team last season.

“I’m familiar with the program,” said Brooks, who teaches math at Gig Harbor. “Kind of feel like I know the ins and outs. There will be a lot of continuity.”

Brooks has eight years of coaching experiencing, starting with three years as a student assistant at Whitworth University in Spokane. From there he spent a season at Northwest Christian in Colbert and won a Class 2B state title, was an assistant at Cascade College in Portland for a year and assisted for two seasons at Peninsula before landing at Gig Harbor.

Brooks said he feels fortunate to have landed the Tides’ coaching position.

“Gig Harbor is a great place to be,” he said. “There’s a lot of support from the community. I think it’s one of the top coaching positions in the state.”

Brooks replaces Tom Adams, who resigned after leading the Tides to the Class 4A state tournament in his second season.

Enumclaw will interview candidates next week for its open boys basketball coaching position, athletic director Kevin Smith wrote in an email.

The Hornets are replacing former coach Ted Carlson, who stepped down after one season.

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  1. A somewhat quiet resignation, especially for a young, up and coming coach that won 30 games in his first two seasons. I don’t recall reading about it in any of the local papers. Doesn’t seem to add up. Doug, was there an opportunity for you to respond with at least a question or two as to the nature of the resignation? My intent is not to pry but to try and understand the situation more clearly. If there is no comment by either party, than fine.

    A school that was home to a local legend, State Champion and 20+ year head coach, they produce what appears to be a perfect fit to replace the retiring icon. Local kid who played for Coach McIntosh and had many years experience as head coach in the tough SPSL North League.

    The new coach guides his team to one State appearance and comes within one game of another. Very impressive at any level. I’ve not checked the records but winning 30 games in your first two seasons at a new school stands on it’s own. Throw in the fact that Gig Harbor has never been included in discussions about local basketball factories, makes this move even more head spinning.

    As a basketball reporter and fan of local sports in this area, I’m hoping you are looking into the particulars. Had Coach Shelton or any other prominent & successful local coach resigned out of the blue such as what apparently happened at some point at GHHS, we don’t even know the date, there would of been some investigating, yes?.

    This story deserves as thorough an investigation as you would lend to any other local 4A Coaching story. My read is that you did not know. If you did not, forgive my ignorance, I will await a follow-up story that lends itself to the local interested sports fan.

    Congratulations to Coach Brooks.

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