Titan Coaches at Tacoma Dome– Left to Right – Jeff Conner, Gary Mills (Titan Women’s Head Coach), Blake Conley, Everett Klodt, Todd Spike
Blake Conley – Varsity Head Coach
This will be Coach Conley’s 5th season in charge of the prestigious Union Titan program where they have gone 86-19 in his tenure and has a 158-50 overall head coaching record. Last season the Titans had their 3rd consecutive 20+ win season, won league and district titles, and placed 2nd at the 4A State Tournament. Union has placed in the top 4 in the Washington in each of the past three seasons. Coach Conley graduated from Western Washington University where he started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Sehome High School. After Sehome, Coach Conley took over the Kingston High School program that was 1-39 the first two years of the school’s existence. In his four years at Kingston, he lead the Bucs to 72 wins, three league titles and back to back 3rd place finishes at the 2A State Tournament. Coach Conley teaches English at Union and enjoys building relationships with everyone involved in the Titan family. He and his wonderful wife Christie have been married for eight years and enjoy going on trips together.
Todd Spike – Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Spike has been involved with Union High School basketball since the doors opened in 2007. Since that time Union has been known as one of the premier programs in the state which include a State Championship in 2010, Second Place (2016-17), Third Place (2012 & 2015), Fourth place (2016) and a 7th place finish in 2009 in the program’s second year of existence. He has much pride and enthusiasm for the program and is looking forward to the year ahead. This will be his 23rd year in the profession and he believes the best part of coaching is the relationships and memories built with the players and coaches throughout the years. Coach Spike was an All-State player at Hermiston High School and played collegiately at Walla Walla Community College and the University of Idaho. He is a school counselor at Union. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, BBQ-ing, and being active. He is married to his wonderful wife Nicki and proud father of Addison (15) Mackenzie (12) and Kadence (7).
Jeff Conner – JV Coach
Coach Conner starts his 3rd year at Union High School; both teaching, and coaching. Previously, he spent two years teaching math at Evergreen, and two seasons as an assistant coach at Hockinson. Coach Conner has been a part of three very special State Tournament runs; one at the Sun Dome with Hockinson, and the last two years at the Tacoma Dome with Union when the Titans finished 2nd and 4th Place in the State. Coach Conner graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Washington University with his degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. He played high school basketball at Battle Ground, where he started dating his beautiful wife Staci during his senior year. Coach Conner and his wife have a one year old child, Nolan Jeffrey Conner, and they are already enjoying the whirlwind adventure of parenthood. Coach Conner has a very positive attitude, loves to laugh, and enjoys building relationships with students, families, and other staff members. Go Titans!
Everett Klodt – C – Team Coach
Coach Klodt starts his second year on the Titan staff; which will be his second year teaching at HeLa High School and coaching basketball after graduating from Washington State University. Before graduating, Coach Klodt spent his last year student teaching and coaching the jv soccer team at Mtn. View High School while earning his bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education. He played high school basketball at Hockinson High School, where he started dating his lovely wife Grace during his junior year. Don’t let his age fool you, his young persona helps getting to know Titan students, athletes, and families become much easier. He looks forward to his second season and will do a fantastic job at providing more insight.