Casey Kushiyama is entering his third season (2019-20) as the women's basketball head coach, and his 14th overall as a coach. Last season, he led the Loggers to a third-place finish in the Northwest Conference with a 19-6 overall record. The Loggers’ season included two wins against nationally-ranked opponents and a number of individual post-season accolades. Elizabeth Prewitt was named First Team All-NWC and Third Team All-West Region. Jamie Lange was voted as the NWC’s Player of the Year, First Team All-West Region, and the Tacoma Athletic Conference’s Female Athlete of the Year. The Loggers’ season concluded in the 1stRound of the NWC Playoffs.
Kushiyama’s NWC roots run deep, starting with his playing career as a point guard at Linfield College. Upon graduation, he helped as an assistant coach and head JV coach for the Linfield men’s basketball team for three seasons. He was served as the interim head coach for Linfield women's basketball.
Following that season, Kushiyama joined the Whitworth men’s coaching staff as an assistant coach for the 2008-2009 season. That season the Pirates were ranked as high as No. 7 nationally and won the NWC Tournament Championship. Kushiyama also held coaching positions with the George Fox and Whitman women's basketball programs, and his teams made several deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. He helped Whitman to the National Championship game during the 2013-14 season.
Kushiyama earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Linfield College and a Masters in Teaching – Secondary Education (Health) from Grand Canyon University. He is married to Puget Sound Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Lisa Kushiyama. The couple resides in University Place with their two boys, Kai and Keo.
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