Former WWU men's basketball coach co-authors book
Jan. 8, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Former Western Washington University men's basketball coach Chuck Randall still attends every Viking men's and women's home basketball game, and you can find him at most of those team's practices as well.
But the energetic Randall, who turned 81 in mid-December, has been doing more than watching basketball and playing golf during his retirement years. His latest achievement is co-authoring a book about his life entitled, "My Impossible Dream."
The book, which was written with Barbara Kindness, becomes available in mid-January. It can be ordered online at myimpossibledreamchuckrandall.com.
"My Impossible Dream" takes the reader through Randall's formative years in Spokane, his Hall of Fame coaching career at Western Washington University from 1962 to 1981, his invention of the slam-dunk rim, and life after WWU.
Randall won nearly 500 games during his 35-year coaching career, including a 275-186 record in 18 seasons at Western. His 1971-72 team reached the quarterfinal round at the NAIA National Tournament, finishing 26-4 and placing ninth in the final Associated Press small college poll.
Randall, who is a member of both the NAIA and Washington State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, was known as the "Coaches Coach," as one-third of his players at Western went on to coach themselves at schools throughout the Pacific Northwest.
A portion of the book's proceeds will go to the Chuck Randall Scholarship Endowment c/o The Western Foundation.
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