Coaching football at a high school with a smaller student enrollment has always appealed to Randy Swilley.
His single-wing offense fits the small-school mold, too, where he looks to continue the trend at Tenino High School as the Beavers’ new football coach.
Swilley, who was North Thurston’s defensive coordinator in 2013, replaces Jeff Zenisek, who stepped down after four seasons to take over at Class 4A Thomas Jefferson in Federal Way.
“It’s nice to get to a small school … and finish my career at a small school,” said Swilley, who had prior head-coaching gigs at Yelm (2008-12) and Hoquiam (1997-2002). “The biggest thing was I wasn’t done wanting to be a head coach again.”
Last fall, the Beavers won their first league title since 1986, finishing 6-5 overall and advancing to the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs. They return a healthy amount of all-
league players, including quarterback Calvin Guzman, and running back/linebacker Thomas Pier.
Swilley called the Tenino job a “hidden gem.”
“The (community) support of their sports and the facility for that level are really good,” Swilley said. “They have good athletes and have a pretty good tradition going.”
VOGT TO TUMWATER
Tumwater hired Alyssa (Ferdaszewski) Vogt as girls basketball coach, replacing Dave Weber, who resigned after two seasons.
Vogt, a 2003 Capital High graduate who played basketball at Azusa Pacific, is married to Stephen Vogt, a catcher for the Oakland Athletics. Stephen Vogt was called-up to the A’s from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday.
North Thurston baseball coach Lance Baker has stepped down after nine seasons. Baker led the Rams to the 3A Narrows League title and a regional berth this season. … W.F. West athletic director Scott Chamberlain has taken the same position as Centralia High School, replacing Josh Lowe, who has been named the school’s principal. … Two of the area’s multi-event state champions — Capital’s Ryan Chase and Tumwater’s Brooke Feldmeier — will compete in the annual Washington combined event state championships Friday and Saturday at Lake Stevens High School. Feldmeier, the girls defending state heptathlon champion, won three events (2A 100 hurdles, 200, 400) at last weekend’s Star Track XXXII while Chase won two events (2A long jump, triple jump).
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