Scorebook Live’s Dan Dickau had the chance to catch up recently with Deer Park’s head boys basketball coach Chad Hand. He has the Stags rolling this season behind the solid play of Isaac Berglund as they prepare to finish out league play and make a state tournament run to the Yakima Dome.
High school/college: Colfax High School
Athlete in high school/college: Athlete in high school
Coaching career: Film Manager @EWU 02-05, Freshman Coach @EV 05-07, St John-Endicott 07-09, Deer Park High School 09-Present.
Why did you get into coaching?
I fell in love with the game in 7th grade. At that point I knew I wanted to coach basketball.
Outside of your current team/program, what are your coaching aspirations?
Help foster/create a basketball culture north of Spokane.
Who is your coaching mentor?
Joe Feist – Principal @DPHS
Mike Morgan – Band/Head Coach @Colfax High School
KC Ahrens – Current Girls Coach @ Deer Park High School
What is the best coaching resource?
PGC and the mentors mentioned above.
Who is the best coach you’ve matched x/o’s with?
Reese Jenkins head Coach in Colfax
Who is the best player you’ve coached?
Warren Miller – St John/Endicott
Who is the best player you’ve seen at the high school level in Washington?