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Hank Coplen

Hank Coplen

Community Colleges of Spokane, Columbia Basin College, Highline College
Class of 1990

Coplen was hired in 1964 by Dr. Walt Johnson as the first athletic director and men's basketball coach at Spokane Falls Community College. He was also named as the first men's cross country coach.

His cross country team won the Washington Athletic Association of Community College championship in 1967-68. Coplen's best men's basketball team won the WAACC state title in 1967-68 and went on to compete at the NJCAA regional tournament in Boise, Idaho.

An outstanding basketball coach and teacher his entire career, he coached successfully at numerous Washington high schools. He also coached basketball at Highline Community College and Columbia Basin College where he won two state titles.

After coaching he returned to Spokane to run the extension program for the Community Colleges of Spokane. Hank Coplen has been honored by selection to the CCS, NWAACC, WIAA Basketball Coaches and Inland Empire Hall of Fame's.

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