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Get to Know: Levi Stewart

January 15, 2019
Levi Stewart

Name: Levi Stewart

Age: 27

Residence: Big Lake

Education: Washington State University, graduated in 2014 with degree in sports management

Occupation: Sixth-grade teacher at Concrete Elementary School, head boys’ basketball coach at Concrete High School

What did you want to be when you grew up? “My dad asked what I wanted to be and I answered that I wanted to play for the Mariners. He asked what would I do if I couldn’t play for the Mariners. I said I’d play for the Yankees. Knew I wanted to be involved in sports.”

When did your interest in sports begin? “It was probably when I was at WSU. I was a student manager for the men’s basketball for three years, when Len Bone was there. Being around it ... being in the huddle at that level of play, it lit a fire under me. I wanted to be involved with it. After that, I worked at the Arlington Boys & Girls Club and I loved being around the kids.”

What do you enjoy about coaching? “It allows me to keep competitive nature going. I’m involved with fun stuff ... game planning, prepping, developing guys. That’s my favorite part ... the preparation, seeing the guys advance.”

Advice I’d give future coaches: “Know if you don’t make it to the next level in terms of playing there’s tons of opportunities to be involved in the game. And network ... (that’s what) steered me in the right direction. Having guys to reach out to. There are options.”

Favorite thing about Skagit County: “Being a Sedro-Woolley guy, it’s such a tight-knit community. Everyone roots for each other. As you meet more people in the county you realize it’s such a unique place. I enjoyed my time at WSU. I met my wife there. It was the best decision I’d ever made, but it’s always nice to come back.”

What is the farthest you’ve traveled? “I’m a homebody in every sense of the word. Probably Hawaii and Orlando, Florida. That was my senior year at WSU. I got to travel with the team to the Old Spice Classic (basketball tournament).”

Who is the most famous person you’ve met? “The most star-struck I’ve been is meeting (former NBA player and coach) Lenny Wilkens when he was calling one of the WSU games. I was starstruck. I don’t even remember what I said.”

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