Longtime basketball coach

Dan Leman, CIRI shareholder and longtime head coach for the Ninilchik Lady Wolverines, has retired, stepping down for medical reasons. This beloved coach spearheaded one of the most successful basketball programs in Alaska. Dan began coaching elementary and junior high school basketball in 1982. He was assistant for the high school boys program for three years before being offered the head coaching position for the high school girls’ program in 1990/91. In 1991/92 the team went to the 2A state tournament and won fifth place. Dan continued to take his teams to the state tournament every year afterward and never placed less than third. The Lady Wolverines were state champions eight times, including a five-year run unrivaled in Alaska basketball history, state runners-up four times and third place four times. The Wolverines were conference champions thirteen times and Runners Up 3 times. All three of his daughters, Tasha, Whitney and Krista, and several other girls who played under Dan, went on to play college ball. Whitney was the first girl in Alaska basketball history to earn Player of the Year for three consecutive years. Dan created a basketball dynasty that won’t soon be forgotten. Dan is married to CIRI shareholder Jamie, a teacher at Ninilchik School. They reside in Ninilchik, Alaska.