The Forks High School Basketball program has inducted Kasey Ulin into its Spartan Basketball Hall of Fame. High School officials inducted Ulin into the hall of fame during a ceremony Feb. 2 during the last boys’ and girls’ varsity games of the 2017-2018 season.
Ulin, who is also a community corrections officer at the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) Port Angeles Field Office, played for the Spartans at Forks High School (FHS). He earned many accolades during his sports career at FHS. He was the all-time leading scorer with 1,587 points. He also totaled 406 career assists, 367 rebounds and 128 steals in 77 career varsity games as a Spartan.
Ulin graduated from FHS in 2000. Ulin is the first-ever inductee into the program’s Hall of Fame.The school presented Ulin with his #10 jersey in a framed case during the ceremony. It will be permanently displayed at Forks High School.
“That was a special moment,” Ulin said of the ceremony. “Forks is a very tight-knit community. I was lucky enough to have been raised there because who I am today comes from how I was raised and the values of a small town. So to share a special experience like that with a gym full of family and friends was truly a moment I will never forget.”
Ulin earned many honors as a Spartan including Evergreen League MVP in 2000, First Team All-State 2000, USA Today Honorable Mention All-American 2000 and First Team All-State Tournament team, where he was the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association State Tournament, in which he had a scoring average record of 26.3 points per game.
After graduating from FHS, Ulin played college basketball at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC). He became an MVP for the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NAACC) and led the YVCC and NAACC more than 25 points per game. After graduating from YVCC, he went on to Central Washington University and later Dickinson State University in North Dakota and led the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in scoring 27.9 points per game and a shooting percentage of 49.7.
Ulin continued his basketball career playing overseas for seven years in Germany, Australia, Macedonia and BBC Sparta in Luxembourg where he won a championship in 2012 and was voted MVP of Finals and Player of the Year in 2013, averaging more than 22 points per game and 5.7 rebounds and 5 assists a game.
Ulin retired from playing basketball in 2013. In August 2015, he began his career as a community corrections officer at the DOC. Though he no longer plays basketball full-time, he can still be seen on the court. Ulin is the boys’ varsity head coach for the Port Angeles High School Roughriders.
“What I enjoy most about coaching is mentoring and leading young men, “Ulin said. “I love teaching life lessons through team sports. Things like having a strong work ethic, being unselfish setting goals, installing discipline and building self-confidence. At the end of the day it is all about building quality relationships. I’ve been very fortunate to be around some great coaches, student athletes and parents in the community. To me, it’s crucial to create those quality relationships that go far beyond just the game of basketball.”