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Section 2 August 13, 2015 Cheney Free Press Even in retirement, former Eastern Washington to relax as he plans to spend more time writing Photo by Paul Delaney basketball coach Jerry Krause will have little time books and working on a variety of projects. Long trail of successes after basketball, not wins, are his fondest memories (Part two of a two-part series) By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter He didn't invent the term student-athlete but for former Eastern Washington basketball coach Jerry Krause, one might think so because rare is the time it is not part of a conversation. Krause, 79, who "retired" as much as he knows how this past spring from active coaching, will still be connected to the game in a variety of ways, all of them in some form of teaching or mentoring. His career locally stretches nearly 50 years to 1967 when he took over a struggling Eastern Washington State Col- lege program and ended up as the basketball coach with the next best record behind the legendary Red Reese. For Krause, some of his fondest memories are of those who carry on his teacher-coach tradition. One of those is Ron Cox, one of just two players in EWU basketball history to have their jersey number retired. Cox's other notable accomplishments include being the school's all-time leading scorer. But it was what he did after leaving Eastern that en- deared Cox, a four-year All-American and EWU Athletic Hall-of-Fame member to Krause. "Ron Cox, I was so proud of him," Krause said of Cox. But after having to step away from the game for a while, Cox, who went on to become a member of the Washington state basketball coaches Hall of Fame, is returning to the bench at Lakeside High School in Suncrest. "You have such a gift, I've watched your teams, I've watched you teach and coach, you care so much," Krause told Cox recently when he showed up at a summer camp. With three of Cox's grandkids in school there was extra incentive to return. Krause partially credits his Nebraska upbringing for an ability to connect with many small-town recruits he led to Eastern. One of Krause's best finds and memorable recruits, however, came from the opposite end of the basketball uni- verse. Eddie Waters is the son of Maxine Waters, a former member of the United States Congress from California. Krause tried as he might to convince Waters to finish school, needing just one class to do so. He was unable to do so at the time but the importance of the degree to Waters sunk in later in life. Waters opted to take a year and a half to finish the degree years later at a California state school. He is now a coach and teacher at Crenshaw High School in Los An- geles, his alma mater. "Those were two guys who took totally different paths but eventually I think I had a permanent, positive effect on their lives - both of them in different ways," Krause said. Not all of Krause's memorable recruits settled in the classroom or on the court. See Kreuse page 3 rn hockey Contributed photo from EWU hockey Having many more goal scoring celebrations like this hopes to lead EWU's hockey team to more wins in upcoming season. improvement with retu recruits Eagles enter and 31 assists paced a real scoring power. In 20 pounds, working a team with a 7-16-1 record 2014-15 EWU was last in summer job on a concrete fifth season under rookie coach Bret theleague, scoring just 70 barge in Seattle. Kellogg. goals (2.91 per game) but Additional help on in Canadian In all, 13 players, plus Collins, Matthew Lucero the blue line will come l ague e all three goaltenders are (Grand Forks KIJHL) from Hayden Boring who back, EWU associate and Colton St. John Co- played in 2014-15 with head coach Pat Hanlonmox (B.C.) Glacier Kings the Spokane Braves of the said. Paxton Bell (10- are notable recruits at KIJHL. Kyle Ruchas is a By PAUL DELANEY 16-26 points) and Brett forward who should help native Coloradan and was Staff Reporter Mathews (10-7-17)round those numbers. with the Tier III Eugene There appears to beout the top returning "We're short on the Generals. plenty of reason for op- forwards, back-end (defense) but Adam Moon trans- timism as Eastern Wash- Combine that with we're pretty deep Upferred from Western ington University pre- a host of new faces, in- front," Hanlon said. Washington University. pares fop its fifth season cluding Jesse Collins, the Chase Wharton (5- The level of play in of play in the British Co- all-timeleading scorer for 8-13), a defenseman, is the league has attracted lumbia Intercollegiate theKootenaylnternation- back for his last year. some looks from quality Hockey League. al Junior Hockey League "He'll likely be captain players, Hanlon said, kids For starters, the Ea- who played last year with this year," Hanlon said, who ultimately got offers gles return their top four the Creston (British Co- Defenseman Tanner from Division I schools. scorers, including Beaulumbia) ThunderCats, Hawes (2-6-8) also re- Walker whose 18 goals and Eastern possessestums having put on about See EWU hockey page3 e worl By PAUL DELANEY .,s, atn injuriesdration sets in and they notable considering it Staff Reporter u.c, H out- need an IV stuck some-was maybe one of the ~~- tim'side of a where in order to quell tallest peaks we'd been Uneventful and mere- q~~ ~litoe blis- the pain. to the top of without the orable. 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Write to the Point. a true understanding of we conquered the world's The original goal was It was uneventful what football playershighest mountain. because there were no go through when dehy-Our "climb" was still See Crunch Time page 2 EWU soccer is seventh in Big Sky preseason poll ~i~i~iUi~i~i~i~i~i~i!ii~i~i~i~i~i~i~i~ii!!ii~i~i!~!!~!i~i~i~!~!~i~!~!~i~i~!~i~i~i!~i~i!~i!iii~i!i~ii!~iii~!i~ii!iiiii!~!iii~i!~ii~ii!~iiiiiiiiiiiZi!iiiii!i~i~ ........ FROM NEWS SERVICE REPORTS Fresh off one of the best seasons in program history, the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team has been picked to fin- ish seventh in the 2015 Big Sky Conference Pre-. season Coaches' Poll, the See EWU soccer page 2