After four seasons as head football coach at Class 1A Tenino, Jeff Zenisek has resigned and accepted the head-coaching position at Class 4A Thomas Jefferson of Federal Way.
Zenisek led the Beavers to a 23-18 mark in four seasons. Last fall, the Beavers made the 1A state playoffs, and won their first league title since 1986. Between 17 years of coaching at high school and college, the league title was a first for Zenisek.
“And that was because of them (the players),” he said.
Zenisek's coaching resume also includes previous college head-coaching stints at Western State in Colorado and Central Washington. His 1995 Wildcats team won the NAIA national title with quarterback Jon Kitna under center.
He will replace Dean Peck, who stepped down after six seasons after leading Jefferson to a 5-5 mark in 2013 and lost to Skyline, 43-13, in the district crossover playoffs after finishing fifth in the 4A South Puget Sound League North Division.
“That’s a tough league, and that will be a challenge in itself,” he said. “Once you get out of that league, you have a chance to move on further and deeper into the state playoffs.”
Zenisek, also the dean of students and athletic director at Tenino, will remain at the school through the end of the school year.