TACOMA, WA – An unequaled commitment and dedication to his teams and sport will be recognized this evening at the Allenmore Events Center in Tacoma when La Conner boys’ and girls’ head coach Scott Novak will be inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the highest honor a high school basketball coach can receive in Washington State.
With a storied basketball tradition known statewide, La Conner alumni and fans were accustomed to winning league and district titles long before a young basketball fanatic from Adna named Scott Novak arrived to begin his coaching and teaching career in 1991, but instead of being burdened by the pressure to succeed, Novak embraced the Braves’ tradition, started winning immediately, and has never stopped winning.
La Conner qualified for the state tournament in each of Novak’s first three seasons – 1991, 1992 and 1993, but that was just a preview of what was to come. The only coach statewide to be guiding his school’s boys’ AND girls’ teams simultaneously, the Braves and Lady Braves have combined to advanced to the sweet-16 round of their state tournaments 15 times during the last 10 years, capped by the Lady Braves’ school record 26-1 record and the 3rd place trophy from this past season’s Class 2B State Tournament in Spokane.
On behalf of everyone associated with SkagitRadioSports.com and the great sponsors of our webcasts of La Conner High School sports, we commend and we congratulate Scott Novak for his hard-earned and well-deserved hall of fame induction.
With no offense intended toward any of the exceptional coaches not mentioned here, our announcers at SkagitRadioSports.com have been blessed to have been personally coached-by, been teammates of, and/or broadcast hundreds of games coached by some of the greatest hall of fame or future hall of fame coaches in Washington State history, including the incomparable Landy James at La Conner, Glenn Rickert, Don Leach and Jim Clem at Burlington-Edison, Don “Spud” Walley and Jay Breckenridge at Sedro-Woolley, Concrete’s Ron Rood, and Mac Fraser and Bill McCutchin from Mount Vernon. Add a 10th name, Scott Novak, to that platinum level of Greatest Coaches in Skagit County Sports History.
We believe coach Novak’s hall of fame induction confirms what we’ve been saying for the last few years during our La Conner basketball webcasts here at SkagitRadioSports.com, “coach Novak is not only one of the best coaches in any sport at any high school classification in Northwest Washington, he’s one of THE absolute BEST of THE BEST in the entire state of Washington.”