Rask named Raymond boys basketball coach

RAYMOND — Derek Rask, a junior high and junior varsity coach for seven years, has been named Raymond High School’s head boys basketball coach, athletic director Jason Koski reported.

Pat Rogers, who was appointed to succeed Mike Tully for the 2013-14 season, resigned due to health reasons in midseason. Retired Raymond principal Ron Bell filled in as interim coach for the remainder of the campaign.

The 29-year-old Rask, a 2002 Willapa Valley High School graduate, played on two Valley district championship teams. He spent three years as a JV boys coach and four years as a junior high coach at Raymond.

He teaches sixth grade at Raymond.

“We feel (Derek) will be able to provide the energy, enthusiasm and consistency that the boys program needs to reach its full potential,” Koski wrote in a press release.

“We want to establish consistent success in all areas and levels of our program — elementary (through) high school,” Rask wrote in an e-mail. “We also want to create and maintain a culture that is positive for our kids, so they can be excited about being members of our Raymond basketball program.”

Rask said the Gulls will likely continue as primarily a running team.

“We will get after it and be an up-tempo style team,” he wrote.


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