Former WWU star Ray Ootsey to lead Squalicum girls hoops
2/17/18 New Squalicum girls basketball coach Ray Ootsey at Carver Gymnasium as the 1987-88 WWU NAIA D1 Championship team is honored. PHOTO: Doug Lange
May 7, 2018
Squalicum high School didn't have to look too far to find the next leader of their girls basketball program. Ray Ootsey will move over one chair and go from top assistant coach to head coach.
The former Western Washington University star, replaces Vic Wolfis who resigned to pursue other outside opportunities. Ootsey and Wolfis came to Squalicum in 2015 compiling a 27-and-33 record over 3 seasons with the Storm. Prior to that Ootsey an assistant to Wolfis for four years with the Mount Vernon boys basketball squad.
Squalicum Athletic Director Patrick Brown, who made the hire last week, told The Doug Lange Network he was vey pleased to be able to maintain the continuity within the program.
"He's a great personality and very relational and I know the girls in the program really like him, said Brown. "Continuing some stability in our program. this will be the 5th head coach in our girls program that I've worked with in 10 years."
Ootsey starred for WWU and coach Brad Jackson in the late 80's and was part of the 1987-88 squad that went finished 28-8. that year the Vikings won the NAIA District 1 championship and advanced to the second round of the NAIA national tournament.
Squalicum is coming off of a 12-and-8 campaign this season. They went 5-and-8 in Northwest Conference play and missed the 3A district playoffs.
- Doug Lange