The National High School Coaches Association announced on Monday that Freddie Rehkow, head coach at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Washington, as its 2017-18 National High School Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year.
Rehkow led his team to its second Washington Class 4A title in the last three years while going 81-1. Rehkow and Central Valley then capped off a perfect 29-0 season by beating Hamilton Heights Christian from Tennessee for the GEICO High School Nationals championship, which landed the Bears No. 4 in the national in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings.
Rehkow was also named the Tacoma News Tribune’s Coach of the Year.
The team dedicated the 2017-18 season to Rehkow’s youngest son Cameron, who is battling leukemia. Rehkow is the first coach from Washington to win the National Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
“We are extremely pleased to honor coach Rehkow,” said Eric Hess, executive director of the NHSCA. “Freddie has done an outstanding job of elevating Central Valley to national prominence with a great record of leading his student-athletes on the court and in the classroom.”
Throughout 2018, the NHSCA will be honoring high achievers in the high school coaching community by naming Coaches of the Year in a total of 20 boys’ and girls’ sports. It’s the 19th straight year that the NHSCA has presented its National Coach of the Year Awards.
Each one of the honorees will receive a trophy, plus they will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Digital Museum that the NHSCA is currently designing.