Ray Roberts stepped down as head football coach at Lake Washington Monday, according to athletic director George Crowder.
Troy Hennum, an assistant coach at Meadowdale last fall, is handling the head coaching duties on an interim basis, but Crowder said he hopes to have a permanent coach in place for this fall.
Hennum was hired as offensive coordinator at Lake Washington in January and was named interim coach when Roberts unexpectedly resigned. He said he “probably” will apply for the position, but noted that school administrators would prefer to have an in-building coach and that there is a teaching position open in physical education that could be coupled with the football hire.
Hennum, who plans to pursue his master’s degree in special education, said he would “probably step aside” if a teacher/coach is found and remain as an assistant.
Roberts, a former Seattle Seahawk, took over as head coach in 2008 and had back-to-back 1-8 seasons. The Kangaroos were 0-9 the season before, but were co-champions of the KingCo 4A conference at 8-1 in 2005 and lost in the district playoffs to Curtis. They went 5-5 in 2006.
In response to an e-mail about his decision to resign, Roberts had this to say:
“I reached a point in my quest to rebuild the LW program where I could not give the necessary energy, passion, and drive that’s necessary to get the job done. The kids, the school and the community deserves a leader capable of giving 100% of their talents and I could no longer provide that type of leadership. I love the kids I coached and look forward to watching them acheive their goals. Go Kangs!”
Roberts had been conducting spring football practices but “didn’t seem his complete self,” Hennum said. “He looked drained.”
Hennum, a 2006 Mountlake Terrace graduate who was an assistant baseball coach there this spring, served as a student assistant football coach at Washington on Tyrone Willingham’s staff in 2007 and ’08. He said he likely will be on the interview committee as Lake Washington seeks a permanent head coach.
“We want to bring in someone who’s got head coaching experience and wants to be here for a while,” Hennum said. “We’re going to do everything we can to find the right guy.”
If the right candidate doesn’t emerge, Hennum said he is prepared to handle the head coaching duties through the upcoming season.
“I’m more than up for the challenge,” he said. “I’ve had some really good mentors.”