Tom Betrozoff, veteran and legendary coach for Willapa Valley, and more recently, South Bend, has resigned from his heading coaching position.
Betrozoff coached the Willapa Valley girls for more than 20 years, amassing 395 wins during his tenure. Betrozoff coached the South Bend boys for the past five seasons.
“To did a very nice job directing the program for us for 20 or 21 years,” Willapa Valley HS Athletic Director John Peterson told the Herald.
Peterson was an assistant coach under Betrozoff for five seasons from 1992-97.
“He's a really good friend and I learned a lot from him,” Peterson said. “A lot of what I run, I got from him. He was a good guy to work for and a good guy to work with.”
Betrozoff had a record of 46-57 at South Bend, including 41-22 in his first three seasons and 5-35 the past two.
“I have known Tom for as long as I remember,” South Bend HS Athletic Director Tom Sanchez told the Herald. “He was a manager for my dad (Bud Sanchez) at Valley when Tom was in high school and those are my earliest memories of him. He was one of my Babe Ruth baseball coaches. I helped coach boys basketball with him at Valley during the 1985 season, and girls in the 1990 and 1991 seasons before helping him for a couple years at South Bend.
“He has probably seen it all as far as coaching basketball goes,” Sanchez added. “As successful as he has been, he was always about the players first. We are thankful for his service here at South Bend. It has been great to have him here and he will be greatly missed.”
In his last game at South Bend, Betrozoff walked off the court a 43-40 winner over Naselle February 10th.
Unless he accepts another coaching position, in all likelihood, Betrozoff's next stop will be the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame.