After just two seasons at the helm of the Mountlake Terrace High School girls basketball program, Zach Wilde has resigned from his coaching post.
Wilde was hired in 2014 to pump up a program that had produced mediocre results on the court for years — the Hawks were 7-12 in 2013-14, but improved to 18-6 in Wilde’s first year, including a trip to the regional round of the 2014-15 3A State Girls Basketball Tournament.
The team, suiting up just one senior and a squad full of first-year players, fell to 1-18 last season.
Wilde didn’t give a specific reason for his resignation, only that “I am going to pursue other prospects within my life and basketball.”
“This feels like the right time and in the best interest for myself and the program for me to step away,” Wilde said.
Wilde announced this month that he is a candidate for political office — a city council position in Snohomish — but that pursuit didn’t have anything with his decision to step aside from the coaching position. “I am running for office,” he said, “however that does not affect my ability to coach.”
Wilde expressed gratitude to the MTHS community for his two years at the school. “I owe a lot to the administration, (Athletic Director) Kim Stewart, (Athletic Department Secretary) Nadine Coombs, (Boys Basketball) Coach Nalin Sood; all the students, girls and my staff for support and opportunities,” Wilde said. “I wish the best for everyone involved.”
The search for a new girls basketball coach is expected to begin right away.
– By Doug Petrowski
Season Win-Loss Records, MTHS Girls Basketball (under coach Zach Wilde)
2013-14: 12-2 in Wesco League; 18-6 overall
2014-15: 0-12 in Wesco League; 1-18 overall