Fred Strankman Coach 1972 through 1977Fred Strankman began his coaching and teaching career in Ritzville, Washington in 1949. After five years in Ritzville, and a State Championship, Fred moved to Richland. He coached and taught at Chief Joseph Junior High for eleven years, at Richland High School (RHS) for seven years, and nine years at Hanford High School (HHS).
While at HHS, he taught Physical Education and coached football and basketball. In 1972, in his only season as Hanford's head football coach, the team was undefeated. Following that success he concentrated only on basketball, serving as head coach for the Falcons until he retired from coaching in 1977. Coach Strankman never had a losing season in basketball, and his Falcons were a perennial power in the 1970's in the Mid-Valley League (MVL).
The 1976-77 Falcon basketball team won league, district, and regional championships, then traveled to to the then four-team State AA Tournament, proudly bringing home the third-place trophy. Since retirement and passing a way in 2006, Fred continued to live in Richland, where he enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in sports, including Falcon baseball, basketball, and football.