The past four years has seen stability come to the Rochester High School football program, something it had been lacking.
The credit goes in large part to head coach Paul Christianson.
But after four years as the Warriors’ coach, Christianson has resigned.
“He did some very good things for us,” Rochester athletic director Jerry Striegel said. “It’s been beneficial to Rochester.”
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Christianson compiled a 15-24 record in four years with the Warriors. The team struggled through a 1-8 season this past fall. Rochester’s victory came against Forks (28-7) on Sept. 24. In 2008, Christianson guided the Warriors to a district crossover playoff game.
Christianson, who previously coached at Mount Vernon and Stanwood, has a career record of 51-92 in 15 years of coaching state high school football.
Prior to Christianson’s arrival in 2007, Rochester endured some rocky times that included three coaches (Russ Vincent, Lem Elway and Vince Tarsi) in four years. The longest-tenured football coach at Rochester was Bob Wollan, now at Chehalis, who coached the Warriors seven years, from 1996-02.
Striegel said he hopes to have a football coach in place before spring sports season begins Feb. 28. The opening also comes with a teaching position.
“The district has made a commitment to hire a coach, but we also have funding issues we have to deal with, too,” Striegel said.
Christianson teaches weight training, and will remain on staff for the remainder of the school year. Phone messages left for Christianson went unreturned.
The football job isn’t the only fall sports vacancy at Rochester. Striegel stepped down as volleyball coach after four years. He guided the team to a fourth-place finish in the Southwest Washington 1A Evergreen Division and a spot at the District IV tournament in the fall. In addition to his teaching duties at the high school, he became part-time athletic director this school year. It’s the first time he’s served as an athletic director since he had the same position at Tenino (1991-01). He will remain the Warriors’ baseball coach.
“I fired myself,” Striegel said with a laugh. “I couldn’t get deal with the athletic director anymore.”
Ten South Sound girls soccer players were named to the 2010 coaches all-state girls soccer team, as voted on by select coaches around the state.
In 3A, Timberline’s Kristen Piephoff, the MVP of the Narrows 3A League, was named a first-team midfielder, and Capital’s Alyssa Edenstrom earned honorable mention at forward. In Class 2A, Tumwater’s Katie Bergquist (forward) and Centralia’s Jenny Milton (forward) each earned first-team honors, and Tumwater’s Abbey Bergquist (midfielder), Lindsey Bert (midfielder) and Centralia’s Miakah Nix (defender) were second-teamers. Black Hills defender Emily Cotey was honorable mention. In Class 1A, Tenino’s Karri Russell (midfielder) and the late Spencer Ford (midfielder) were honored at second-team and honorable mention, respectively. Ford died in a car accident in September.
Anna Boatright has resigned as Capital girls soccer coach, athletic director Steve Bellande said. Boatright has been the Cougars’ coach the past two years, and led them to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state playoffs this past fall. The Capital and Olympia boys swimming teams will square off in a dual meet at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Evergreen State College. It’s the teams’ final meet before the Narrows League Championships, Jan. 27-28. The 2A Evergreen Conference bowling tournament will start at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Westside Lanes. Teams participating include Black Hills, North Thurston, River Ridge and Tumwater. The District IV tournament (Jan. 28) and West Central District IV 4A/3A tournament (Jan. 29) take place next week.