From sidelines to tree stand: Chiawana football coach Steve Graff talks retirement, favorite coaching moments and what’s next

PASCO — Of his 37 years on the sideline — 23 as a head football coach — it’s hard for Steve Graff to parse out one particular memory that stands above the rest.

The coaching resume, which the longtime Chiawana coach is quick to brush off, is mighty impressive: four WIAA state championships, two runner-up finishes, 13 league titles and numerous playoff experiences.

Graff, who announced his retirement on Tuesday, sat down with Scorebook Live Washington to reflect on his coaching career, his favorite moments (hello, 2013 4A state championship) and what’s next for him after coaching. Watch the interview:

Andy Buhler is a reporter for Scorebook Live Washington. Hear him weekly on the Scorebook Live Today podcast, follow him on Twitter @AndyBuhler; email at

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