Legendary Mercer Island coach Ed Pepple dies at 88: Washington high school basketball community reacts

Ed Pepple, the state of Washington’s winningest high school basketball coach, died Monday morning at age 88 after a battle with cancer.

The longtime coach, mentor and staple in the state’s basketball scene spent 42 years at Mercer Island, where he won four state championships, 15 KingCo titles, a record 952 wins and leaves a legacy that lives on through the many in and out of his programs who he impacted.

Many figures in the Washington high school basketball community and beyond voiced condolences, memories and more in the wake of Pepple’s passing.

Here are some reactions:

The Seattle Mariners held a moment of silence for Pepple during their game Monday.
Point Loma Nazarene coach Matt Logie, Pepple’s grandson.
Current Mercer Island boys basketball coach Gavin Cree.
Former NBA All-Star, Seattle Supersonic Detlef Schrempf.
Former NBA coach George Karl.
Idaho State men’s basketball coach Ryan Looney.
Rainier Beach all-time great David King.
The godfather of Seattle basketball, Jamal Crawford.
Gonzaga all-time great, SBLive analyst Dan Dickau.
Former Washington Huskies standout Eldridge Recasner.
WIBCA hall of fame coach Roger DeBoer.

Listen to this week’s SBLive Washington podcast, where Dan Dickau remembers coach Pepple through those who knew and loved him:

Statewide High School Sports Reporter at SBLive | andy@scorebooklive.com

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