Ed Pepple (center). File photo

Ed Pepple (center). File photo

Legendary Mercer Island coach celebrated on sports podcast

On Scorebook Live Today, coach Matt Logie discussed the legacy of his grandfather, Ed Pepple.

Former Mercer Island basketball coach Ed Pepple was discussed at length on a recent episode of the Scorebook Live Today podcast, on which his grandson, Matt Logie, was the special guest.

Logie is currently the men’s basketball coach at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. On the May 26 episode, Logie discussed playing for Pepple in high school, among other things.

The episode was part of a quarantine series hosted by sports analyst Dan Dickau.

Logie talked about what it had been like playing for his grandfather and how the experience impacted his own coaching.

“I’ve tried to capture the essence of what made Mercer Island basketball so special and unique,” Logie said on the episode, adding, “My grandpa was a very competitive, disciplined coach…he knew what basketball looked like at a high level, and he really kept those expectations very high for me and for everyone around me. I’ve tried to just model a lot of those behaviors that led to consistency and success but, more importantly, led to a lifelong relationship he had with his players.”

Pepple retired from Mercer Island High School (MIHS) in March 2009. He began his coaching career at Fife High School in 1958, then transitioned to MIHS in 1967.

He remained there until his retirement.

“It’s been long enough,” Pepple told the Reporter at the time. “It’s time to let someone else run the show. And I am not Brett Favre.”

Widely celebrated on the Island, Pepple is Washington state’s winningest basketball coach, having won 952 games and taken home four state titles.

More can be read about Pepple’s career and legacy on the Reporter’s website (https://bit.ly/3c5JF64).

To listen to the full episode, go to Soundcloud (https://bit.ly/2M0p7Bc).


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