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Ken Kelly to replace Bill Bakamus as boys basketball head coach at Mark Morris

Kelly has served as an assistant in the program for eight seasons

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: March 11, 2024, 5:09pm

Mark Morris High School found the person to fill some very big shoes for the Monarchs.

Ken Kelly, who served as an assistant coach under Bill Bakamus for eight seasons at Mark Morris, was promoted to boys basketball head coach on Monday, pending school board approval, Mark Morris athletic director Robert Blackman announced.

Kelly will replace Bakamus, who retired from coaching after 32 season at the helm at Mark Morris.

Kelly has served as the Monarchs’ junior varsity coach the past two seasons, compiling a record of 33-7. He has a combined record 93-42 in eight seasons coaching the Monarchs’ JV and JV2 programs.

“In addition to proven on-court success, Ken has been instrumental in the continuation and in some cases the development of the many traditions, assorted details and promotional ideas that have enhanced and have made the Mark Morris boys basketball program special and a program to be admired throughout the state of Washington,” Blackman said in a release.

In addition to coaching, Kelly also teaches marketing at Mark Morris High School.

“As with his player, his students know that he cares about them as individuals,” Blackman said. “Ken is organized, a tireless worker and understands the role and impact a head coach can have at a comprehensive high schoo.”