Jake Putnam is the new head volleyball coach at Garfield High School.
“We look forward to working with Jake and welcome his volleyball expertise and the positive attitude he brings to this position,” Garfield athletic director Jim Valiere wrote in his e-mail announcing the hire.
Putnam was the junior varsity coach at Mercer Island last seasn and also was an assistant on the varsity team that won the KingCo tournament. He succeeds Leslie Hamann, who resigned along with her husband and assistant coach, Jack, after 13 seasons.
Here is the bio on Putnam that Valiere sent out:
Jake Putnam first began playing competitive indoor volleyball in 1996. He has played 13 consecutive years of men’s USAV club volleyball, including one year with the University of Washington’s Men’s Club Volleyball team. The highlights of his indoor career include participating on teams representing the Puget Sound Region at the Adult National tournaments in four of the the past five years. Throughout those years he has played a wide variety of positions ranging from outside hitter to setter but now plays mostly libero. Jake has also been very involved in outdoor tournaments since 1997. He has won many tournaments ranging over different formats; grass and sand, doubles and fours, co-ed and men’s. He has also organized and hosted numerous outdoor doubles tournaments over the past 5 years. His coaching experience includes assisting the Overlake High School varsity girls’ volleyball team when they reached tri-districts and were one game away from State. Last year he was the head coach of the 15-2 league winning Mercer Island Junior Varsity team, and assisted the Mercer Island Varsity team to a Kingco 3A tournament championship. Jake has also coached club volleyball for the last three years at Island Thunder Volleyball Club, where he has coached ages groups ranging from U13 to U18. His passion for the game fuels his coaching philosophies and his enthusiasm for the sport is contagious.