Scappoose names new boys head basketball coach
by: John Brewington Rahim Tufts, new Scappoose High boys basketball coach

Scappoose High has named Rahim Tufts, the new head boys' basketball coach.

Tufts, 29, is an English teacher at the high school, and has been involved with the basketball program for the past six years. He has served as varsity assistant, head jayvee coach, summer camp director, and head of individual player development.

Tufts says he wants to bring some stability to the program, which has seen four different head coaches in his time there.

'From my perspective, I've been able to learn from four different coaching styles and four different backgrounds,' he said.

Tufts already has plans for this summer, scheduling several tournaments, and participation in a 40-team camp at Seaside.

The type of game the Tribe will play next season 'depends on the athletes we have,' he said. 'We have to tailor (our style) to the abilities and skill level we have. I like to pressure, play man-to-man and make our opponents uncomfortable.'

The Indians graduated five players from their team this year, but bring back a good core of athletes.

'I have some guys back with really good experience. We'll really be a strong shooting team and very athletic. We're going to pressure people and get up and down the court a little bit.'

Tufts was married last summer to Jacey Durham of Hillsboro. Her father was an NBA referee for a number of years. 'She didn't play but she really likes basketball and has been extremely supportive.' Tufts said they both work at the renowned Helvetia Tavern. He works there summers and part-time, but will cut back a bit for basketball.

He noted that Ryan Poster will return as an assistant and other coaches will be added over the summer.

Indians slate boys basketball camp

A basketball camp for third- through ninth-grade boys will be held Monday through Thursday, June 20-23, at Scappoose High School.

New head basketball coach Rahim Tufts said the camp will focus on fundamentals-ball handling and shooting-and will also offer a number of fun games. Instructors for the camp include Tufts, alumni, and current varsity and jayvee players. Each player receives a camp T-shirt and individual evaluation. Guest speakers, such as coaches from local high schools and college players, will appear.

There is a $50 fee for the camp. All funds go to the Scappoose Indians high school basketball program.

For more information, contact Coach Tufts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website http://shs.-scappoose.

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