Krause Honored At Battle In Seattle

Dec. 29, 2006

SEATTLE, Wash. - Legendary coach John Wooden once said, "I do not feel I was a coach, but rather a teacher".

If that is the case Dr. Jerry Krause, currently the director of basketball operations at Gonzaga University, is now the world's foremost teacher of the game of basketball, through his life long dedication to making the game better. Krause has authored more than 30 books on coaching basketball, produced 31 instructional videos, six DVD's, two CD's and serves as a consultant to many athletic organizations. He is the most widely published coach in basketball history, surpassing the legendary Clair Bee.

Krause was honored Friday night at a reception with the Baden Battle in Seattle basketball award. Gonzaga University and Northwest Sports has chosen to use the annual Battle in Seattle event as a platform each year to honor a person who has made lifelong contributions to basketball in Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

The first recipient of the "Battle in Seattle" basketball award in 2003 was former University of Washington, Washington State University and Pacific Lutheran University coach Marv Harshman. Don Monson, former head coach at the University of Idaho and University of Oregon, as well as one of the top high school coaches in the Pacific Northwest prior to entering collegiate coaching, was the honoree in 2004. Jud Heathcote, former Michigan State University and University of Montana head coach, as well as a former high school coach, was honored last year.

Currently, Krause is serving his second stint with the Gonzaga. He was a part-time assistant coach from 1984-92, then returned to Gonzaga in the summer of 2001 after a 5-year civilian term at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was a professor of sports philosophy and Director of Instruction for the department of physical education.

Krause has been coaching the basics of basketball since 1959. His experience at the elementary, high school, college, and Olympic levels are unprecedented in the coaching profession.

Krause is no stranger to basketball in the Pacific Northwest. He had a 17-year career as head coach at Eastern Washington University. During that span, his Eagle teams posted a 262-196 record for a .572 winning percentage. After a one-year sabbatical to assist the late Ralph Miller at Oregon State University in 1982-1983, he returned to lead the Eagles from the NAIA and into the Division 1 ranks. On October 1, 2005, he was inducted into the EWU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Prior to becoming head coach at EWU, Krause had been an assistant at Northern Colorado for three years, and also had stints at Berthoud High in Loveland, Colo., and Adair-Casey Community Highs in Iowa.

Krause was a long-standing member of the NCAA Rules Committee, was on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and served on the Selection Committee of the National Basketball Hall of Fame. He still serves as Research Chair of the NABC. He is also a member of the NAIA Basketball Coaches and National Association for Sports and Physical Education Halls of Fame.

As a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, Krause was the chair of their National Research Committee and wrote the 1986 Code of Ethics. Krause received the NABC Appreciation Award for lifetime contributions to basketball. The NABC again honored him at the 2003 Final Four with its Guardians of the Game for Advocacy award for his research in developing a standardized rim testing program.

Krause earned his bachelor's degree from Wayne State University in 1959. He received a master's degree in 1965 and his doctorate in 1967, both from Northern Colorado. In 2001, he was honored by UNC with an Alumni Achievement award for Contribution to Sport. The award is for alumni who have excelled in mentorship or role modeling while working with students in sports.

With more than 30 books published, Krause has sold more basketball publications than any other author in history. His works include Basketball Skills & Drills, Lessons from Legends, and the new NABC's Youth Basketball Coaching Handbook, Beyond the Backboard. Krause will also be honored at halftime of Saturday's fourth annual Comcast Battle in Seattle that pits the Bulldogs against the University of Nevada. Tip-off is 3 p.m. at KeyArena.



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