Monday, July 5, 2021
He has tried to move away from Spokane several times, but in the end coach Hank Dennewith and his family find themselves anchored in the community as he continues working with young, developing players.
A native of Tacoma, Dennewith played select soccer in the Puyallup area growing up and played for Franklin Pierce High School, where he was an All-League player.
“I hadn’t planned on playing soccer in college, however, ended up with the opportunity to play with EWU’s men’s club team for 2 years. I still enjoy playing and you’ll occasionally find me in an outdoor pick-up game or out at the indoor soccer center.
The move to Eastern for school is what locked Dennewith in the area.
“I moved to Cheney in 1998 to attend EWU, which is where I also met my wife, who’s from the area. We tried to move away a few times but we love the seasons here and all the outdoor activities eastern Washington has to offer.
As time passed Dennewith would fully return to the game with the growth of his family.
“I have awesome boys and wanted to share my love for the game with them and started coaching when my older boy turned five years old. I absolutely love working with the youth and decided to keep at it.
“I started with the SYSA program in 2013 and had a talented group of boys made up of my son’s school buddies. As they got better we decided to take it to the next level and go competitive. So, we joined the Spokane Pumas in 2015 and moved into the IEYSA league and then onto PSPL a year later.
“When the Foxes/Pumas club merged, we decided to make the switch over to Spokane Sounders. It’s been a great experience developing players, helping them move into the Sounders program, and getting to watch them all grow in the sport.”
Dennewith is in his fifth year with the club as a Select coach.
“The part I enjoy most about coaching is creating the relationships with the players and families. I have the opportunity to make an impact on these guys that not only creates great players, but great young men.
“My favorite season is always spring soccer. There’s a growth transition over the winter that just makes spring something amazing and fun to watch!”
Soccer is not the only passion that he shares with his boys.
“When I’m not coaching, my family loves to camp. You’ll also see me all over the Spokane/Colbert area on my bicycle, or out for a run with my wife, or out on the lake with the boys. This really is the best place to call home!”
Maybe calling it an anchor isn’t the most appropriate metaphor.