Hawks assistant coach to be inducted into state basketball coaches hall of fame

MTHS assistant coach Greg Wirtz (right) sits alongside head coach Nalin Sood during varsity Hawks’ game; a 30-year veteran of high school basketball coaching, Wirtz has been named a 2020 inductee of the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) Hall of Fame. (File photo by Doug Petrowski)

Mountlake Terrace Hawks’ assistant coach and former Meadowdale Mavericks’ head coach Greg Wirtz will be inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) Hall of Fame at the group’s 45th annual banquet scheduled to take place in July 2020 in Mountlake Terrace.

Wirtz, a 1973 graduate of Meadowdale, has been coaching basketball in the Edmonds School District for more than 30 years, first as an assistant at Mountlake Terrace, then four seasons as the head coach for the Mavericks from 1993 to 1998. Now back at Terrace, Wirtz has served in coaching roles for the Hawks at the freshman, junior varsity and varsity levels.

Hawks head coach Nalin Sood spoke highly of Wirtz and said his induction into the WIBCA Hall of Fame is well deserved.

“Since 1979 our basketball program has achieved great successes on and off the court. During this time, a key person in this success is Greg Wirtz,” Sood stated.

“Greg has always been a tireless assistant coach and has been willing to do whatever it takes to help our student athletes have successful experiences as many of our former players will attest to,” Sood continued. “Without a doubt, Greg deserves this honor from WIBCA and as a representative of Mountlake Terrace High School.”

In addition to his coaching duties at Terrace, Wirtz currently teaches physical education at Meadowdale High School.

Wirtz is among five inductees in the WIBCA’s Hall of Fame Class of 2020; others selected for the honor are long-time Inglemoor Vikings’ head coach Greg Lowell, Ephrata Tigers’ assistant coach Gary Archer, Kelso Highlanders’ assistant coach Monte Cummings and Battle Ground Tigers’ assistant coach Ron Rakoce.

The WIBCA 45th annual Hall of Fame Banquet is set for July 23, 2020, at the Nile Golf & Country Club in Mountlake Terrace.


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