Enumclaw High School’s new varsity boys basketball coach is 27-year-old Kellen Hall, a 2000 graduate of Enumclaw High School.
The 6 foot, 4 inch Hall refers to himself as “Enumclaw through-and through” and has been told, for years, he was born to be a high school coach.
“I can’t wait to get started,” he said. “Basketball has always been a passion of mine. It is a sport in which there is a lot of sweat and arduous work involved, but if you make it your policy to know that winning doesn’t come easy, then you will reap the rewards of your toil.”
Hall welcomes the opportunity to take the helm of his alma mater’s cage crew. “I jumped at the chance to be the head basketball coach at the school whose colors I used to wear with pride,” he said.
Hall believes stability is an essential element in any sports program, hoping he’ll be around for awhile.
“I realize that high school coaching contracts almost exclusively go year-to-year and I also know that I will have to prove myself in a program steeped in a tradition of greatness,” he said. “In a perfect world for me though, Enumclaw won’t have to be looking for a new boys head basketball coach for at least 20 more years.”
Hall said he would never ask players to do something he wouldn’t do or has already done.
“Two things are vitally important to me in regards to demands I will have on the players,” he said. “They will always have to incorporate attitude and effort into their game. Own those two aspects as a player and never, ever be outworked.”
Hall replaces Ted Carlson, who filled in for one season following the resignation of Phil Engebretsen, who resigned after leading the Hornets to the state championship game in his final season.