Skyline High School has hired Gordon Kaplan as their Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach. Kaplan was a Varsity Assistant this past season and will take over the helm of the program immediately.
“The committee was looking for a coach who not only knows how to teach basketball but understands that high school basketball is about creating positive, life-long experiences for student-athletes” said Skyline Athletic Director Brent Kawaguchi. “I think we have found that person in Coach Kaplan”.
Kaplan, with more than 20 years in coaching, has run his own high school program on two occasions, served as an assistant at Roosevelt High School, Lakeside School, and last season at Skyline. In addition, the coaching veteran was First Assistant at Goucher College (Baltimore, MD) winning back-to-back conference titles and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament (D-III).
Kaplan spent a season with the Orlando Magic, during Chuck Daly’s final season, assisting with video scouting and draft preparation. He also served as a clinician for Converse, teaching fundamentals at their annual development camp and holding the title of Regional Clinic Director for the Mid-Atlantic region. Kaplan earned a master’s degree in Sport Management from Indiana University where he spent the year in Assembly Hall, observing Bob Knight and Hoosier basketball.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to do more than coach a team at Skyline.” Said Kaplan. “We’re going to build a robust program, do it with integrity, in a professional manner, and exemplify the highest levels of sportsmanship. I’ll be dedicating myself to this construction and with the help of a hard-working staff, supportive parents, passionate student-athletes, and our community, know we can work together to achieve our goals.”
A graduate of Seattle’s Lincoln High School, Kaplan spent a year at Washington State University before completing his undergraduate degree at Towson University in Baltimore. There he served as Sports Director for WTMD-FM radio, providing play-by-play for basketball, football and lacrosse. He is a 2,000-hour graduate of the College of Purna Yoga and founder of Bellevue-based Team Yoga, a company specializing in optimizing athletic performance. He is single and resides in east Bellevue.
What Others Are Saying -
Clay Nunley – Head Coach Roanoke College
“Gordon Kaplan is a talented coach who is in the profession for all the right reasons. He is invested in all facets of the lives of his players – caring not just that they reach their full potential as basketball players, but that they also strive to do their best as students while valuing the importance of being a good person and community member. He understands the game and how to put his players in position to be successful, so they can maximize their abilities. Skyline has hired an outstanding coach and person.”
Harold Katz – Former Assistant Basketball Coach – UMBC
I have known Coach Kaplan for more than three decades. His attention to detail and the caring he has shown for every player in his program is second to none. Combine that with his passion and understanding of the game of basketball, makes him the perfect hire for Skyline High School. Congratulations on a great decision.
Damian Pitts – Head Coach Centenary University
“Coach Kaplan has an incredible knowledge of the game of basketball. Greater than this is his mentorship of young men. He truly cares about the players that he coaches and is not afraid to show it.”
Graham Honaker – Executive Director of Principal Gifts – Butler University
“I am thrilled to hear that Gordon Kaplan is the new boys’ basketball coach at Skyline High School. I have been around the sport of basketball my entire life and no one exudes more passion and commitment for the game than Gordon. Gordon is an excellent teacher of the game, prides himself on preparation, and excels in motivating others. Most importantly, Gordon truly cares about his players and their well being beyond basketball. I know Gordon will do a tremendous job for Skyline High School and look forward to following the program from afar.”