Scorebook Live’s Dan Dickau visits with David Wagenblast, boys basketball head coach at Mt. Spokane High School.
Hometown: Spokane, WA
High School/College: Ione HS OR, Eastern Oregon University, Portland St University
Athlete in High School/College: Varsity basketball in high school
Coaching career: 22 years of coaching basketball. Two years at EOU, seven at Beaverton HS, nine at Shadle Park HS, and the past four as the head coach at Mt. Spokane HS.
Why did you get into coaching?
I wanted to make a career out of coaching basketball. I love the connections and relationships that have developed just because of this game. I love the game and teaching the game is a joy.
Outside of your current team/program, what are your coaching aspirations?
My coaching aspirations are to remain as the head coach at Mt. Spokane. I love the community and my family will be apart of that. I would hope in the future to remain connected with as many past players as I can. I aspire to inspire and hope to share my passion for teaching and learning.
Who is your coaching mentor?
My coaching mentor is Nick Robertson. Coach Robertson is a state of Oregon Hall of Fame coach. I started my high school coaching at Beaverton HS, while he was still coaching. We have remained close to this day. Every year, he comes north to watch my teams and provide some much needed insight. I truly consider myself to be so very fortunate to have Coach Robertson as my mentor.
What is the best coaching resource?
Other coaches. I love watching college practices here in Spokane. How blessed am I to be able to go watch and learn from Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities? My coaching staff at Mt. Spokane is currently an incredible resource.
Who is the best coach you’ve matched x/o’s with?
There are too many, as I believe the Greater Spokane League has some incredible coaches.
Who is the best player you’ve coached?
Anthony Brown – I was an assistant at Shadle Park when he won 3A State Player of the Year.
Who is the best player you’ve seen at the high school level in WA?
Michael Porter Jr.