Since 1989, Spokane Hoops Elite Basketball League (formerly known as Spokane AAU) has supported generations of young athletes in growing their passion for the game. Our success could not be possible without incredible volunteers, such as Dale Soden.
Dale Soden has been with our programs for 24 years, starting in 1993. When he’s not coaching, Dale can be found teaching history at Whitworth University.
Dale’s love for kids, basketball and developing relationships brings him back to the court each year. Not only does he get to watch his players improve their basketball skills, he also gets to watch them grow off the court.
“I have been connected with one family for twelve years,” explains Dale. “They have been extremely loyal to me. I consider it one of the greatest gifts of my life.”
Dale enjoys keeping in touch with ex-players, getting to know other coaches, and sometimes referees. Soden has had many favorite moments including unexpected wins and close games. He recalls nearly beating Adam Morrison’s seventh grade team, only to lose because of Morrison’s skill and shot making.
With the support of volunteers like Dale, Spokane Hoops EBL has become a transformative, positive program for the youth of our region.
“If they are taught the basic skills and taught how to play with other kids, they may enjoy thousands of hours of basketball for the rest of their lives in Hoopfest, intramurals and recreational leagues.”
Dale also believes basketball can teach lessons beyond the court and tries to instill those lessons in his players.
“How we learn to overcome failure and frustration without blaming referees, coaches and teammates and simply be honest about what we can do to improve in all aspects of basketball, and become a better person, is huge.”
Thank you Dale for being such an incredible supporter, coach and positive influence for Spokane Hoops EBL!