Former Central Valley girls basketball coach Freddie Rehkow, who was named the 2017-18 National High School Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year, has been working with Scorebook Live to shine a light on girls basketball players and coaches across the state of Washington.
Rehkow recently caught up with Eastlake High School coach Sara Goldie, who has been the Wolves’ head coach since 2010. Goldie has led Eastlake to an 18-5 record and a No. 8 ranking in the latest WIAA 4A girls basketball RPI rankings. The Wolves season continues Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with a district playoff game vs. Glacier Peak.
Why did you get into coaching?
I began coaching right after high school. I had an opportunity present itself to coach basketball at a junior high in our district. I took it and two years later got a varsity assistant job back at Eastlake.
Who is your coaching mentor?
I have two: one general coaching mentor and one basketball coaching mentor. Bruce Brown of proactive coaching has been a blessing in my life since high school. He is an absolute guru and inspiration when it comes to people and coaching. He shoots straight and always has the right words to get me on the right path. I appreciate him more than he will ever know. Robi Raab, head coach at East Valley in Yakima, taught me the art of coaching. He is a basketball brainiac and I learned how to teach the game from him. I have countless other people who have greatly impacted my coaching and I am grateful for every one of them.
What is your best coaching resource?
The best resource is always other coaches in your circle; nothing can beat the human factor. Some other resources that have been helpful are the local coaches clinics and Hudl (game film breakdown).
Who is the best coach you’ve matched Xs and Os with?
Scott Bullock at Woodinville and I have had some great battles on the hardwood. It’s always a game we get up for and have to bring our A game to. He’s ahead in the series by quite a bit!
Who is the best player you’ve coached?
Who is the best player you’ve seen at the high school level in Washington?
Hometown: Sammamish, Washington
High school and college: Eastlake High School and University of Washington
Sports played in high school: Basketball and volleyball