Teams and Coaches

Columbia Cascades Team Hall of Fame Coach: Al Aldridge           Retired as of January 1, 2022

Al has coached the Cascades number one club for the past 30 + years and has won over 70% of his summer club games while competing at the top or elite level of every tournament entered. He knows how to win and what it takes. Coach Aldridge won his 700th game at Prairie HS in 2012, and his 6th State Championship as the Head Coach.

He was a former  Head Women’s Basketball  Coach at Clark College in Vancouver, Wa. He finished at Clark with career win Number *786 for HS & college games. Al was Inducted into the WCAGBB Hall Of Fame in 2016, and has been inducted into the Prairie HS Hall Fame individually and with 3 sports teams as well. He was also inducted in to the Clark County Rotary Hall of Fame in 2008. Al was selected a National Runner-Up for the USA Coach of the year in 2000, and coached the  WCBCA All America Team & Game in Connecticut and on National TV. 

NEW Columbia Cascades Team Coach: Jackie Robinson

We welcome our good friend and Evergreen State College Head WBB Coach Jackie Robinson to our club for the 2022 summer season, as the new club director.  Jackie brings a wealth of basketball knowledge and energy  to our club and his personal guidance skills are exceptional.  He is considered a “PLAYERS COACH.”

Jackie grew up in Grand Bay, Alabama,  and graduated in 1997 from Grand Bay HS. Coach Jackie then went to Bishop State CC Class of 2002 , and to Evergreen State College, where he was a decorated basketball player!  Jackie went on to play professionally 2002 in Basal Switzerland, 2003 in Cuxhaven Germany, 2004 in Landshut Germany.

Jackie was the Olympia High School Women’s Basketball coach prior to getting the head coaching position at ESC.. This worked well for him as he was an Evergreen State Alumni. Jackie Robinson was picked to lead the Geoduck Women’s Basketball team for the 2019-20 season announced by Director of Student Wellness, Recreation, and Athletics, Elizabeth McHugh. “As a celebrated player, and alum, Jackie has a connection to Evergreen, and I’m excited for his return.”

Jackie is a former RiverRidge HS, and Olympia High School Girl’s Basketball Head Coach.

In his last eight seasons as a head coach, Robinson has compiled a 122-75 overall record and 74-36 conference record. Robinson has spent the last four seasons at Olympia High School, two of those seasons he was named Coach of the Year. His team was just one game out of regionals all four years as he compiled a 51-44 overall record and 35-25 conference record. This past season, his team finished 12-12 overall and 9-7 in conference and finished fourth overall.

Basketball is a big part of the Robinson household, as Jackie is married to former Seattle Super Sonics Coach George Carl’s daughter Kelci.  Jackie lives in Olympia with his bride Kelci, and his 2 kids: Kienan 13, and Cinaiya 11.




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