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|Curt De Haan |
Curt De Haan coached for 38 years. He began teaching at Lynden Christian High School in 1975, after graduating from Washington State University. He taught vocational agriculture for 10 years as well as running the family’s farm in Lynden.
Curt started his coaching career in 1976, as the JV girls basketball coach and became head coach in 1980. From 1976-80 his JV teams recorded a combined 71-1 record. As an assistant he was a part of two state championships in 1979 and 1980. At the varsity level, his teams’ combined record is 772-149, the most wins for a high school girls varsity coach in Washington. Curt’s teams have made 31 state appearances, 23 state semifinals, and have won eight state championships. Curt has never had a losing season and he has won 20 or more games in 30 seasons with undefeated teams in 1996 & 2008. He was also the runner-up for The Seattle Times Girls Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000, and League Coach of the Year more than 10 times. Not only has Curt stressed the fundamentals of basketball, but he emphasizes teamwork and discipline. “The process has always been more important than the end result,” says De Haan. More than 10 of his former players have gone on to be coaches themselves.
Curt and his wife Sandy have been married since 1976 and have three children, Heidi, Chad and Jason.