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Northland coach Washington retiring


After coaching basketball in the City League for more than two decades, including the last nine seasons as Northland High School girls basketball coach, Dean Washington is retiring.

Washington also has been the Vikings’ baseball coach for 27 seasons and is planning to remain in that role this spring. He is retiring from teaching at the end of the school year.

Washington took over a Northland program that had gone 25-55 in the four previous seasons before he became coach for the 2004-05 season.

Since that time, he led the Vikings to a 145-54 record that included four City League-North Division championships, one City title and two Division I district titles.

The Vikings went 18-6 this season, losing to Dublin Coffman 64-45 in a Division I district semifinal Feb. 28.

“I told them in the locker room after the game that I was honored to have coached Northland for nine years,” Washington said. “I think I left the program in pretty good shape.”

Northland won its first district championship since 1983 in 2010-11. The next season, the Vikings captured their first City League title since 1988 and won their second consecutive district title, eventually earning a regional runner-up finish.

After coaching the Marion-Franklin junior varsity from 1986-88, Washington led the Red Devils’ boys program from 1989-97. Marion-Franklin was a City runner-up and district runner-up in 1992 and won a district title in 1993.

Over the years, Washington also coached girls tennis and boys and girls golf.