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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Background on Chief Sealth coaches

Ray Willis

Willis, 52, took over the Chief Sealth High School girls basketball program in 2002-03, inheriting a team that had gone 3-17 the previous year. Willis, who is also a school counselor, coached at Eastside Catholic High School in Bellevue before joining Chief Sealth.

He was fired from Eastside Catholic after just two seasons, despite guiding the Crusaders to the state tournament. Neither Willis nor school officials would discuss why he was fired.

Willis played college basketball for George Fox University in Oregon, and he says he played professionally in Europe and Australia. He says he eventually wants to coach college basketball.

Laura Fuller

Fuller, 37, has been coaching with Willis since 2000, when they were both at Eastside Catholic.

A supply-chain analyst at Boeing, Fuller is the assistant basketball coach and head girls track coach at Chief Sealth.

She played on Garfield's 1987 state-championship team.

Amos Walters

Walters, 45, has been coaching with Willis for the past three seasons, after working several years at middle schools. He is also the head boys track coach at Chief Sealth. Walters works in King County's risk-management division as an administrative staff assistant.

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