O'Dea basketball coach Al Hairston announces retirement

O'Dea basketball coach Al Hairston announces retirement

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O'Dea basketball coach Al Hairston announces retirement

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After five seasons at the helm of the O’Dea basketball program, Hall of Fame head coach Al Hairston will retire.

Hairston, 69, finishes his tenure with a 87-46 record that included three trips to the state tournament and two Metro League championships. Twice, the Irish finished fourth in state under Hairston’s leadership.

Before his time at O’Dea, Hairston won five state titles in 12 seasons at Garfield and also coached at Kent-Meridian. At the college level, he was head coach at Seattle University and an assistant at the University of Washington.

Hairston was a second round draft pick by the Sonics in 1968, playing two seasons with the team. He was inducted to the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006.

“O’Dea High School would like to thank Coach Hairston and his staff for their leadership and dedication to the O’Dea basketball program these past five years,” Principal Jim Walker said in a statement released by the school. “We wish Coach Al Hairston the very best in retirement and Go Irish!”


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