Western Washington University coaching icon Chuck Randall dies

It’s been 3 1/2 decades since former Western Washington University men’s basketball coach Chuck Randall retired after 18 seasons of leading the program, but his fingerprints still are all over the game that he loved, especially here in Whatcom County.

From the break-away rims he helped invent that are now used on basketball courts around the world to the endless list of former players that learned from him and went on to teach and coach at various levels to the summer basketball camps he helped bring to Washington state, it’s not hard to find Randall’s influence. Even Western’s Thanksgiving Classic bares his name.