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|Denny Humphrey |
Denny Humphrey is a 1958 graduate of Reardan High School, but also attended Valley High School for three years. He played basketball, football and baseball all four years of high school. Denny went on to attend Spokane Community College, playing basketball there for Coach Hank Coplen. He graduated from Eastern Washington State College with an education degree in 1968.
Humphrey started his coaching career at LaCrosse High School where he spent four years as head basketball coach and head track coach, as well as one year as an assistant football coach before becoming the head coach the next three years. Humphrey then moved on to Chewelah High School where he coached basketball for one year and assisted in football and track. The next stop in his career was Ritzville High School where he was again the head basketball and track coach for seven years, assisting in football as well. At Ritzville, he had the pleasure of coaching his oldest son, Jay. Denny finished up his career with 22 years as head basketball coach at Cheney High School, again having the honor of coaching another of his sons, Rhett. Following his retirement, he joined the basketball coaching staff at Eastern Washington University, which he continued for the next four years, two of them during his son Rhett’s playing career for the Eagles.
In basketball, Humphrey was Frontier Coach of the Year and Border League Coach of the Year numerous times, as well as being named the District Seven Coach of the Year in 1986. He is the fourth winningest coach in Washington with 552 wins. His teams allowed the fewest points in league play 21 of the 34 seasons he coached. Humphrey served three years on the District Seven Basketball Advisory Committee. He has received the Inland Empire Sports Broadcasters 25-Year Service Award and is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Humphrey’s overall basketball record was 552-277. He was 26-23 in the state playoffs, and had 30 winning seasons, during all of which his teams finished in the top four of the league. Twenty four of his teams went to districts and 16 to state. He won 13 league titles, eight district titles and finished second in state tournament on two occasions.