Basketball coaching clinic carries on Schumacher legacy


Todd Schumacher has always been a big basketball fan.

He starred at Kamiakin High School, has been an assistant coach for a number of different programs -- including for his brother Lane for the men's program at Columbia Basin College for a few seasons -- and is the son of Don Schumacher, the long-time athletic director who is retiring from Kamiakin this summer and who will also be inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association's hall of fame next month.

So basketball is in Todd Schumacher's blood.

It should come as no surprise, then, that he wanted to create a basketball coaches clinic right here in the Tri-Cities.

"You always end up going to Portland, or flying to Las Vegas for those things," said Schumacher, who teaches English and physical education at Kamiakin. "I ended up wanting to put something together here."

And the Three Rivers Basketball Coaches Clinic was born. It will be held over two days, next Friday and Saturday at the Hampton Inn in Richland.

It's open to any boys and girls basketball coaches, even AAU coaches, Schumacher said.

The cost is $125 at the door -- but it includes dinner and a social at Jack-son's in Richland on Friday night, and a Saturday golf social at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland on Saturday.

"Registration is at 4 p.m. Friday, and the first speaker starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 9," said Schumacher. "On Saturday, we start at 9 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. Then it's golf."

Schumacher said when he decided to put this clinic together, the first guy he thought of was Frank Teverbaugh, who led Richland High School to a state championship in 1972.

The hall of fame coach speaks at 8 p.m. Friday, and Schumacher said if people want to just show up for his speech, they could.

"People need to hear him," Schumacher said. "He asked me what he should talk about. I said 'Winning. You've always won.' So he's going to talk about that. But he also wants to talk about the 1-2-2 zone defense."

The rest of the coaching lineup is pretty good too.

Also scheduled to talk are Whitman men's head coach Eric Bridgeland; WSU men's assistant Jeff Hironaka; Rod Jensen, currently the head men's coach at College of Idaho but who was the head coach at Boise State for seven seasons and an assistant for two more seasons at Virginia; Walla Walla Community College men's coach Jeff Reinland; Boise State assistant John Rillie, who played for Australia in the 2004 Athens Olympics; Eastern Washington women's head coach Wendy Schuller; and Greg Sparling, the head men's coach at Central Washington University.

For more information, call Schumacher at 430-6245.

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