Black Hills High School announced Friday that its new head football coach is longtime assistant Kirk Stevens, replacing Dominic Yarrington, whose coaching contract was not renewed after one season.
Stevens is an English teacher at Black Hills and has been on the Wolves’ coaching staff since the school opened in 1997. He’s held multiple coaching titles on offense, defense and special teams. In 2013, Stevens, a defensive-minded coach, was Yarrington’s head varsity assistant coach, helping the team to a 4-5 record — 2-3 in 2A Evergreen Conference play.
Dedication and loyalty to a school and program he’s been a part of since ’97 was a big impetus for Stevens to remain at Black Hills, but this time as a first-time head coach.
“If I’m going to coach,” Stevens said, “I need to coach kids I see at school and talk with every day in the hall.”
Stevens was asked about the effect of Yarrington’s dismissal on the program, which will now have its third head coach in three years. The Tumwater School District placed Yarrington on paid administrative leave Dec. 9, 2013, for reasons the district has not yet disclosed. The district’s investigation of Yarrington is ongoing, but his coaching contract was not renewed last month.
“I think once the people who don’t know me get to know me, they will have confidence in my respect for the players,” said Stevens, 45. “I want nothing but the best for the kids and the program and the community as a whole.”
Stevens said he plans to leave most of last year’s coaching staff intact.
“The last time we talked, everyone is interested in continuing,” he said.
In his previous 24 years of coaching, Stevens said his duties have included everything except the title of head coach, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Stevens is a Capital High and University of Washington graduate and has coached high school football since 1990. He served on Tumwater’s staff from ’90 through ’96, with duties including freshman, defensive ends and linebackers coach.
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