After 22 seasons as Centralia's football coach - and a 31-year coaching career - John Schultz's next path is pursuing a goal he's had for quite some time: becoming an administrator.
Schultz retired as the Tigers’ coach last week, and he’s now looking to further his career as an educator as an assistant principal or principal.
“It’s just time,” he said. “Right now, I feel really good about it. I’m ready to move in the next direction.”
Schultz, who has spent 30 years as a teacher, started his coaching career at St. Helens (Ore.) High School, then spent two years as an assistant under the late Terry Ennis at Renton before becoming Centralia’s football coach in 1989. He also has been a track and field coach off and on at Centralia since 1991.
As coach of the Tigers, Schultz compiled a record of 129-90, won four league titles and made five trips to the state playoffs. The Tigers were 7-3 in 2010, finishing third in the 2A Evergreen Conference, and saw their season end with a 20-18 loss to Mark Morris in a 2A District IV crossover playoff game.
In 2006, Centralia tied a school record for most wins (12) before losing to Lynden in the 2A state title game, 14-10. Schultz also has coached 35 players who went on to play college football.
“There’s a ton of memories that I have,” Schultz said. “One thing we always tell our kids, especially our seniors, is about making memories, and I have a ton or memories of all the kids and all the great things that have happened at Centralia.
“Great kids, great community and a lot of support for football.”
Schultz has been actively looking to become an administrator for the past few years, but in order for that to happen, he said, “If I’m really serious about being a principal, I need to do more principal things.”
This school year, he has taken on the role of dean of students in addition to his teaching science and weight training.
Schultz played football for the late Jim Fouts at North Thurston High School, and graduated in 1976. He went on to play linebacker and center at Pacific Lutheran University, graduating in 1981.
And he isn’t shutting the door completely on coaching.
“You never know what the future will entail,” he said. “If I don’t (coach again), that’s OK. Right now, I feel content. I feel good about it.”
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