One of the winningest girls basketball programs across the state of Washington will seek to fill a vacancy at the front of its bench.
Hala Corral, who was at the helm during the program’s 3A state championship run in 2019, has stepped down as head coach after four seasons, athletic director Jason Castro confirmed Wednesday.
The news was first reported by Clark County Today.
Under her purview, the Falcons maintained state prominence and even reached the peak in 2019, winning their first state title since 2012 — the seventh in program history. Prairie has won 218 consecutive league games. Their last league loss was in 2000.
Corral, who is moving to take a promotion at her day job, resigns with a record of 80-21 in four seasons. The Falcons won the 3A Greater St. Helens League and went to state all four of those years.
The Corral name carries significant weight in Prairie sports history.
Hala Corral leaves as her daughter Allie, a multi-year varsity starter and the point guard on the 2019 state title team, graduates. Hala’s daughter Ashley Corral, who was a McDonald’s All-American at Prairie and standout 3-point shooter at USC, has served as a co-head coach with her mother. And Heather Corral, another daughter, helped Prairie win a state championship under longtime coach Al Aldridge in 2012.
Aldridge was the coach at Prairie for 32 years before retiring in 2012. He led the program to six state titles with a career record of 719-139. Prairie has had three head coaches in the eight years since he stepped down.
Castro said with schools closed through the end of the academic year, the hiring process has been complicated.
“I don’t know how you’d hire a girls basketball coach at Prairie over Zoom,” Castro said.
He’ll be in no rush to hire a replacement, he said, and the school will take its time to identify the best candidate to take over the storied program.