BY PARKER HODGE
The Hanford Athletic Department announced Nate Suggs as the next head coach of the girls basketball program on May 25.
Suggs grew up a sports junkie and, like most kids, played whatever sport was in season at the time. That included basketball, where he developed a strong passion for the game.
Following college, Suggs accepted an assistant coaching position for the boys’ program at Olympic High School in Bremerton, starting with the 2006-07 season. Suggs helped turn the boys’ program around, going from a season with six wins to a season with a sixth-place finish at state and the teams first state appearance in 20 years.
Suggs moved his family back to Richland and began to assist former head coach Evan Woodward at the start of the 2016-17 season and continued through end of Woodward’s tenure at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Suggs hire marks the third coach of the program in three years. Following Woodward’s departure, CoCo Gall led the program for one season, compiling a 7-15 record and taking the Falcons to the District 8 tournament in which the team when 0-2, ending its season.