Brett Allen is in his second month as Kent-Meridian’s new head football coach and is excited about the prospects for what has been a struggling program.
But Mount Rainier is still searching for a coach. Athletic director Darren Rawie said the stumbling block is not having a teaching position to offer with the job.
“We are still trying to nail one (a coach) down,” he wrote in an e-mail this week. “The one position we want to have in-building and we don’t have the positions to offer right now.”
Chris Paulson resigned in late spring to become Kentlake’s new coach. Paulson was 8-11 in his two seasons. The Rams were 2-18 the two seasons before. The make the position even more challenging, Mount Rainier moves from Class 3A to 4A this fall.
Allen also faces a challenge at Kent-Meridian, which is 12-38 over the past five seasons. The Royals ended a 32-game losing streak in 2005. Trevor Roberts took over the program in 2007, becoming K-M’s fifth coach in seven years. His best campaign came that first season as the Royals went 5-5, their best record of the decade.
Roberts left to explore other job opportunities as a sales representative for Ridell and assistant football coach at Pacific Lutheran University.
Allen, a 1992 Hazen High School graduate who has taught in the Kent School District for nine years, was an assistant coach at K-M from 2001-2004 and then at Auburn Mountainview from 2005-2009. This is his first head coaching position.
“I’m extremely excited to have this opportunity,” Allen wrote in an e-mail. “I always said that when I was ready to be a head coach, I wanted to coach at a school like K-M, with a diverse population, a rich tradition, and in the South King County area where I grew up. It’s also important to me to be able to impact kids’ lives beyond just the football level.”
He said he looks forward to building on the foundation Roberts began “and helping K-M get back the swagger in once had.” K-M was a regular contender in the South Puget Sound League in early to mid-1990s.
Allen said he wants to bring more stability to the program.
“There is a huge mountain to climb, I know, but my plan is to stay at K-M for as long as they’ll have me.”