Sprague takes over CHS boy’s basketball program

Brad Sprague has been named to succeed John Foulkes as head boy’s basketball coach at Colville High School. Sprague, 58, graduated from Hudson’s Bay High School (Vancouver) and graduated from then Whitworth College in 1977, where he played basketball. Sprague, a school administrator and teacher for 36 years before he retired in 2010, currently serves as Executive Director of the Washington Association for Learning Alternatives. He has worked in Alternative Education for 17 years.The CHS coaching job is Sprague’s first as a high school basketball head coach, but his resume includes coaching positions in football, wrestling and baseball over the years at stops around the state of Washington.The father of four started his teaching career at Wellpinit High School, where he taught social studies, worked as the head baseball coach and started the Redskins’ wrestling program. He moved on to the Federal Way School District (eight years) and was at Auburn from 1986 to 2010 before relocating to Colville.Sprague, who has worked with youth sports since relocating to Colville, is excited about assuming the CHS boy’s basketball post.“I am looking forward to it…I think it’s going to be a blast,” Sprague said of his new coaching responsibilities. An admitted “sports junkie,” Sprague is familiar with the student/athletes in the program (AAU coaching). “I know the kids…they know and I know that it will continue to be a challenge playing at the 2A level (Great Northern League),” he said. “But we’ll try to find the best kids with the biggest hearts to lay it on the line every day at practice.”Colville will play one more season at the 2A level before the current WIAA two-year classification cycle runs its course and CHS likely returns to the 1A Northeast A League.Sprague says he is long on fundamental basketball and getting a basketball in children’s hands at a young age.“My goal is to get kids engaged (in basketball) early-on…as soon as they can walk, talk, spit and chew…teach them the fundamentals of basketball--ow to be a triple threat and teach them to screen and box out.“We want to build the program from the ground up and get the kids involved in camps and clinics. Keep them interested and involved in a positive experience--and keep the gym doors open.”Sprague says he appreciates—and advocates—an up-tempo style of play offensively. On defense, don’t look for Sprague’s teams to play much zone.“We want to be able to push the ball and play a hard core, in your face man-to-man,” he said.