Squalicum’s girls’ basketball team is looking to take the next step and what better way to do that than bring in a coach with championship experience.
Former Mount Vernon and Lynden Christian boys’ basketball coach Vic Wolffis was announced as the next head coach of Squalicum girls’ basketball on Wednesday, April 22, in an email from Storm athletic director Patrick Brown.
“The girls are excited about Vic,” Brown said in a phone interview. “With his knowledge and where he’s taken his teams, we’re confident we can be a force to be reckoned with.”
Wolffis led the LC boys 14 years from the 1995-96 season through 2008-2009, winning state titles in 1999 and 2006 and compiling a career record of 228-132. The team also played for a state title in 2001 and collected eight tournament trophies in 10 state appearances under Wolffis.
Wolffis resigned in 2009 after the Lyncs went 12-56 in his final three seasons at LC.
After a year off, Wolffis took over at Mount Vernon, where he went 50-42 in four seasons and led the Bulldogs to the Class 3A state tournament in 2011.
Last year, Wolffis returned to Lynden Christian as the C-team coach on Roger De Boer’s staff and again helped the Lyncs reach the Class 1A state title game.
Making the shift from boys to girls shouldn’t be too difficult, Wolffis said in a phone interview, but there are some nuances he’s sure will take some getting used to.
“I find girls to be very receptive to coaching, eager to learn and hungry for their sport,” Wolffis said.
That couldn’t be more true for the Squalicum girls, who made clear in the interview process they were ready to become a perennial playoff team, Wolffis said.
There’s certainly much for Wolffis to build around. Chalae Wolters was spectacular as a freshman, scoring 12.1 points per game, and point guard Sarah Hulbert and post Hannah Kohr give the Storm a strong corps.
“I would agree that the potential is there. I think I find the program in a very good spot,” Wolffis said. “The next step they want is to start winning games they felt they’ve been unable to win in the past. ... After that, the goal is to make the district tournament, and that if they make the district tournament, they want to play in a game that can get them into state.”
For now, Wolffis is glad to be back at the helm of a team in Whatcom County.
“Whatcom County is a great place to coach any sport,” Wolffis said. “One thing I appreciate so much is the coaching staff these schools have. ... It’s good to be in a the Northwest League at a quality school.”