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Ferris needs basketball coach; Van Lierop let go after 3 years

From staff reports

After three years as head boys basketball coach at Ferris High School, Don Van Lierop will not have his coaching contract renewed.

School District 81 personnel were tight-lipped as to the reason why.

“We’re taking the basketball program in another direction,” was all district spokesman Terren Roloff would say.

Ferris school officials were unavailable for comment and a school secretary said all inquiries were to go to Roloff.

Repeated attempts to reach Van Lierop and activities coordinator Ken Russell were unsuccessful.

Van Lierop, who was in his fifth coaching stop, was let go following a 14-10 season in which the Saxons tied for first in their division of the Greater Spokane League and won district with a young team.

His three-year record at Ferris was 58-21, including a second-place state finish in 2002 and two more regional appearances. Overall, his 12-year coaching career at Waterville-Mansfield, Chewelah, North Central, Eisenhower and Ferris was 140-119.

School coaching contracts are on a year-to-year basis with approval at the discretion of school district administrators.

East Valley hires coach

It was not long ago that Steve Henderson was playing for one of the most successful teams in East Valley boys basketball history.

Beginning June 1, the 23-year-old will be head coach at his alma mater with players nearly his age.

Henderson was selected to replace Drew Vanderpool, who coached him as a senior and recommended him as the replacement after Vanderpool resigned following the 2004 season.

“I look at it as a fantastic opportunity,” said Henderson. “I’m a young guy who has a lot of time to spend and a lot of energy to put into the program.”

Henderson has resided life-long in the East Valley district. He was a senior starter when Vanderpool became EV’s coach in 1998-99. The Knights qualified for the 3A regionals that year, the first of back-to-back regional appearances by the school.

Two years later, the Community Colleges of Spokane student was EV’s freshman coach. His 2003 freshman team went 17-3 and last year, as junior varsity coach, he had a 14-6 season with the Knights.

It led him into teaching and coaching as a career. Henderson will graduate from Eastern Washington University and do his student teaching at EV next year.

“It’s a tough job and Steve knows that it’s a big challenge,” said EV activities coordinator Joe Kostecka. “He did a great job in interviews and has the support of other head coaches in the building.”

Poffenroth a finalist at CdA

A Coeur d’Alene High School search committee today will interview four candidates to fill the school’s head girls basketball post, athletic director Larry Schwenke announced Monday.

Headlining that list is longtime Central Valley girls coach Dale Poffenroth, a finalist for the just-filled women’s basketball coaching position at North Idaho College.

Schwenke said the committee will interview Poffenroth; in-house candidate Russ Giles; Kevin Sheffler, a coach most recently in Alaska; and former Kellogg girls coach Wayne Pfeifer. The finalists were picked from a pool of 15 applicants, Schwenke said.

Poffenroth has guided CV to three state titles and two runner-up finishes in 17 years as head coach. He has a career record of 384-103. His teams qualified for 13 state tournaments. CV had a 69-game Greater Spokane League winning streak snapped in January.

Giles has spent seven years as a junior varsity assistant, most recently under Keri Jaworski, who resigned as head coach after three seasons.

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