Kamiak’s West stepping down as boys basketball coach

Knights coach wants to spend more time with his son and wife
By David Pan | Apr 11, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Cory West and son Cayn attend a Kamiak football game at Goddard Stadium.

Family comes first for Cory West.

So after 10 years as head coach of the Kamiak boys basketball team, West submitted his resignation last week.

West said that he has contemplated stepping down to spend more time with his family ever since the birth of his son Cayn almost four years ago.

“I have a lifetime to coach other people’s kids,” West said. “I have one chance to raise my own kid.”

West, who was an assistant coach for seven years before taking over as head coach, guided the Knights to their best finish in school history earlier this year.

The Knights recorded their first-ever victory at the 4A tournament and ended the season as one of the top 8 teams in the state at the Tacoma Dome.

West was glad that the team’s seven seniors were able finish out their high school careers on such a high note.

“It means everything,” West said. “That’s the most important thing – that they were able to experience the state tournament. … Their careers ended at the Tacoma Dome. You can’t get much better than that.”

The Knights have advanced to districts the last eight years and played in the state regional tournament the last three seasons.

West expects that Kamiak will continue to be successful.

The program has added four feeder teams through the years and the junior varsity and C teams have won or competed for the conference titles the last six seasons.

West said that working with the players is what he enjoys the most about coaching.

“It’s building the relationships with the kids,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing that I’m going to miss.”

West met many of this year’s seniors as third graders when they attended the first youth basketball camp he organized, which was held before West was named head coach.

As for Kamiak’s next head coach, West hopes that his successor will be someone who is committed to building relationships with the players on and off the court, who is passionate about the job and who is willing to put in the time.

The time required to be a head coach is significant. Aside from a few weeks in July, West said that there is no break between the open gyms, fall activities and scouting during the season.

“It’s nonstop,” he said. “I’m not complaining. That’s what I do. It’s multi-tasking. It’s a full-time job in itself.”

West will continue to be involved in young people’s lives as a Special Education Resource teacher at Kamiak High School.

And at some point in the not-too-distant future, West may return to the sidelines coaching Cayne.

“He’s a gym rat,” West said.

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