Former WWU basketball player Anye Turner
PHOTO: WWU Athletics
Former WWU star Anye Turner named Sehome girls basketball coach
May 4, 2018
For the second time in two weeks Sehome High School has turned to Western Washington University to fill a coaching vacancy. Former WWU star Anye Turner has been named the new girls basketball coach.
The Mariners hired former WWU assistant coach Skyler Gillispie lead the boys basketball team back on April 23rd.
"We have a good connection with the Western program," said Sehome Athletic Director Colin Cushman. "It's nice that we have that ability to kind of tap into their resources when possible."
Turner, out of Black Hill High School, Finished his 3-year three-year career at WWU with 672 points, 530 rebounds and 166 blocked shots. He ranked third among WWU all-time leaders in blocks and 12th in rebounds. He was a first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star and GNAC Pre-season all-star as senior in 2014-15.
Turner, who will be coaching at the high school level for the first time, talked to The Doug Lange Network Friday about the style of play he wants to bring to the Mariners.
"I want our team to be a hard working, talking, passionate group that you can feel the love of the game through their play," said Turner. "It's certainly very important to me and I think it will help our success quite a bit, having a group of girls willing to do the little things to get the job done and get the win."
The former Bellingham Slam standout, who also played overseas in Germany for Telekom Baskets Bonn, successfully battled an October 2017 cancer diagnosis. He posted "No evidence of cancer!" on social media back on March 7th.
"Fortunately I had a great team...great doctors, nurses, tech's and I was able to get through treatment and recently got the no evidence of cancer," said Turner. Just trying to stay healthy and stay out of the doctor's office.
MORE: Listen to the full interview with
Sehome AD Colin Cushman
Turner replaces Scott Larrabee who went 11-and-12 last year in his one season leading the Mariners. Cushman said Larrabee decided to step down in order to spend more time with his family.
- Doug Lange