On January 14, former Lynden Christian High School coach, Curt De Haan was awarded the 2015 NFHS High School Girls Basketball Coach of the Year Award. This is a very prestigious award considering that each state nominates a state coach of the year and he won the award out of all 50 coaches nominated. The WSGBCA would like to congratulate Coach De Haan with this wonderful honor and wish him well in his future after retiring this past season winning his tenth state championship.
Here are some highlights of his career: Curt DeHaan has been coaching basketball for 38 years. He began teaching at Lynden Christian High School in 1975, after graduating from Washington State University. He started coaching in 1976 as the JV girls basketball coach and became head coach in 1980.
At the varsity level, his teams combined record is 772-149, the most wins for a high school girls varsity basketball coach in Washington State. In Curt’s 34 years as head coach his teams have made 31 state appearances, 23 state semifinals, 13 state finals and have won eight state championships. He was also the runner-up for the Seattle Times Girl’s Basketball Coach of the Century in 2000 and was elected to the WIAA Hall Of Fame in 2009.
Curt has never had a losing season and he has won 20 or more games in 30 seasons with undefeated teams in 1996 & 2008. This past season, his team won the 1A state championship and finished with a record of 25-3.
Former Lynden Christian player and current Seattle Pacific University forward, Courtney Hollander states, “DeHaan has taught me more than how to improve as a basketball player. He has helped me improve as a person and has provided me with memories to last a lifetime.”
Please congratulate Coach Curt DeHaan of Lynden Christian. What a remarkable career. We are proud to have one of our very own receive this special honor.