Highline School District athletic director Terri McMahan announced Wednesday that Mount Rainier hired Scott Leick to coach football.
Leick replaces Terry Green, whose contract was not renewed after coaching the Rams in 2010.
“Scott is committed to teaching football fundamentals and rebuilding the program from the ground up,” McMahan said through a press release. “He has the knowledge, patience and skill set to improve the program through the years to come. I have worked closely with Scott this year, feel he has the desire and commitment required of this position and look forward to the improvement of our players both on and off the field.”
After graduating from Hazen High School in 1990, Leick spent three years playing at Washington and was a member of the Huskies’ National Championship team in 1991. He brings eight years of head coaching experience to Mount Rainier, six spent at Hazen and the last two at Tyee.
He currently works as a school counselor at Mount Rainier.
McMahan also announced that the school has submitted paperwork to the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to combine Mount Rainier’s football program with Tyee’s starting in the fall.
“The WIAA allows 2A programs to combine with 3A/4A programs,” McMahan said. “It requires that the enrollments of the two schools be added together to determine the combine’s classification. Mount Rainier is already a 4A school so this becomes a moot point. It also explains why we would not combine with one of the 2A or 3A schools in our school district as it would result in playing up a classification, which is not our intent.”
The Tyee program did not play a varsity Seamount schedule in 2010 due to low turnout.
“I believe Tyee football players deserve an opportunity to compete in football and play at the level their grade, physical maturity and skill dictates,” McMahan said. “Mount Rainier has three squads which ensures the viable opportunity we were seeking. The fact that Scott knows Tyee kids coupled with the welcoming attitude of Mount Rainier principal Julie Hunter building AD Darren Rawie and members of the overall coaching staff makes this a win-win situation for all involved.”