Football coaching carousel: all offseason hires, departures across Washington state high schools

Which high school football programs around Washington state have made head coaching changes?

Below you can find a comprehensive list of all the movement among the head coaching ranks across the state.

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  • Eastside Catholic (3A Metro League) hired offensive line coach Dominic Daste to replace Jeremy Thielbahr, a three-time 3A state champion. He stepped down in February to care for his mother in Montana.

Southwest Washington

  • Columbia River (2A Greater St. Helens League) promoted defensive coordinator Brett Smedley to head coach after Christian Swain stepped down after going 14-16 over three seasons.
  • Evergreen (3A Greater St. Helens League) hired Christian Swain after mutually agreeing to part ways with Terry Hyde after four seasons. The Plainsmen went 11-26.
  • Woodland (2A Greater St. Helens League) hired its JV coach Garrett Lutgen to take over after Mike Woodward stepped down after the season. Woodward went 18-11 in three seasons under Woodward and made the regional round last season.
  • Heritage (4A Greater St. Helens League) promoted assistant coach Dennis Moody to replace Matt Gracey, who resigned after four seasons. The Timberwolves went 2-7 in 2018.

Central Washington

  • Ellensburg (2A CWAC) hired Jeff Zenisek as its next head coach, replacing Randy Affholter, who left to take the same job at Kennewick after 22 years.




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