ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Legendary Alaska high school basketball coach Chuck White passed away on Monday.
Channel 2 spoke with friends close to the family who confirmed this and said his legacy for Alaska basketball will live on. Former players say they were informed by the family that White lost his battle with Parkinson's Disease.
White coached for 45 years in Alaska. He won a record-setting 921 games. White also won 18 state championships, 14 as the head coach at East, 4 of them at West.
Friends close to the family said the time they got with Coach White was nothing short of amazing and they'll be forever grateful to have known him.
White coached Alaska players Trajan Langdon, Muff Butler, Tony Reed, Andre Laws, Ramon Harris, and Mao Tosi, just to name a few. He helped put Alaska basketball on the map.
In 45 seasons of coaching, he only had one losing season. White's winning percentage is .802
He helped lead East High basketball to its first national ranking back in the 1990s. The Thunderbirds posted a tribute to their Facebook page Monday.
He last coached in Alaska in 2010, before he moved to the college ranks in the Lower 48.
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