After 26 seasons, more than 540 victories and two NWAC championship crowns, longtime Lower Columbia College men’s basketball coach Jim Roffler announced his retirement.

The announcement was made only days after the Red Devils grabbed a third-place finish in the NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship held in Everett.

“I’d like to thank all of my former players and coaches who worked so hard to put a product on the court that the community could be proud of,” Roffler said in a press release from the college. “I would also like to thank my bosses Gary Earnest and Kirc Roland for their incredible support.”

During his time at LCC, Roffler compiled a 546-241 record, with his teams winning 71 percent of their games.

Under Roffler, the Red Devils won 11 region titles, and his teams played in the NWAC tournament 21 times in 26 seasons. He led LCC to NWAC titles in 2004 and ‘05, and missed a third straight title with an overtime loss in the ‘06 championship game.

During the three-year span from 2004-06, Roffler’s teams won 11 consecutive tournament games, an NWAC record. His Red Devils also finished second two other times, brought home two third-place trophies, and one fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place trophies.

Roffler was promoted to men’s basketball coach prior to the 1991-92 season by then athletic director and men’s coach Gary Earnest. During his tenure, Roffler was named the NWAC West Region Coach of the Year 12 times, and was selected the NWAC Coach of the Year in 2004 and ‘05.

“I’m happy for Jim. He has given his heart and soul to Lower Columbia College as a player and coach,” LCC athletic director Kirc Roland said. “Jim cares deeply about the success of the team and the players, and not just on the court. He’s an old-school coach who demanded that his players played basketball the right way.”

Coach Roffler sent 82 players on to the four-year level, and many became coaches themselves. A story in the 2016 TDN Preps+ Basketball Preview magazine highlighted many of his former players who went on to successful coaching careers.

LCC assistant coach Allan Brown has been promoted to interim head coach, and will handle recruiting duties during the search for a new coach.

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Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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