Lande to coach BHS girls basketball team

Terry Lande literally hit the ground running after being named to succeed Penny Gienger as BHS girls basketball coach.

“I got the job Thursday [April 23], met with the girls on Friday and left for San Diego on Saturday morning,” he said.

This frenetic pace matches his preference for an up-tempo style on offense and intense pressure on defense.

“If we can run, then we’ll run like crazy,” he said. “But the personnel has to match up with the style. Ninety percent of the offense and 95 percent of the rebounding will be gone. We’re going to have a young program for a year or two. But we have some really smart kids coming back who are willing to work hard.”

Lande had a great deal of success at Marist High School in Eugene, where he coached varsity girls from 1990 to 2003 before moving to Bainbridge executive director of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District. His Marist teams won 245 games and lost 28, at one point winning 109 consecutive league games.

He quickly became involved in Bainbridge basketball, assisting Gienger (who coincidentally began her coaching career at Marist several years before Lande’s arrival there) for several years and then coaching JV boys.

“I am excited!” Gienger said. “He is a proven coach, great person and will do a really good job with the program. I am really happy for the girls.”

Athletic director Annette Duvall echoed Gienger’s sentiments.

“The characteristics the committee was impressed with are his previous experience coaching high school girls, his communication style, his ability to build and instill positive team traditions, his knowledge of the game, and his competitiveness is balanced by the desire for the girls to create positive memories,” Duvall said.

The creation of positive memories begins Monday evening with the first of a series of open gyms. “There’s no coaching, just watching the kids play,” he explained.

The real work will begin early in the summer with a tournament in Oregon in June, another tournament in July at Gonzaga and then league play.

“We’ll wait and see how the summer plays out,” he said.

But there’s no waiting when he talks about his main reason for applying for the job.

“It’s my way of giving back to the island,” he said.

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