Billy Landram spent many nights terrorizing teams by lighting up the scoreboard in the Pierce County League while a star guard at North Mason High School.
The one school disciplined enough to give him fits was Gig Harbor High.
Funny how sometimes things come full circle. The ex-Bulldogs’ standout, and News Tribune 1996 All-Area player was hired last week to take over the program at Gig Harbor.
“I think it’s a great job,” said the 35-year-old Landram. “It is where I live. … It has great facilities. It has good tradition.”
In 1995-96, while Landram was scoring nearly 19 points per game, and well on his way to signing with the Naval Academy – which eventually led to a transfer to Olympic College and finally San Jose State – Gig Harbor won the Class 3A state title.
“Lyle (McIntosh, ex-Tides coach) set pretty high standards,” Landram said.
After college, Landram immediately settled into family life, marrying former White River High multi-sport athlete Renae Ross, and having two children. At age 25 in 2003, he was hired to coach the Olympic College men’s basketball team – and stayed in the NWAACC for seven seasons (77-108 career record).
Landram stepped down following the 2010 season, citing his desire to spend more time with his family in Gig Harbor.
And he has. This past season, he coached his son, Will’s, second-grade basketball squad.
“I always wanted to get back into (coaching) – I was looking for the right situation,” Landram said. “I did not want to take a job just for it being a job.”
Craig Brooks resigned in March after two seasons. And after whittling down a list of 18 applicants to four finalists, Landram – who teaches at Sand Hill Elementary School in Belfair – was hired to be the new Tides’ coach.
Gig Harbor athletic director Bob Werner noted Landram’s high level of playing and coaching experience were big factors in the hire, as well as his commitment to establishing continuity from the town’s youth programs all the way to the high school program.