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February 14, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Would Butch Goncharoff leave Bellevue?

BHS_SKY_86239.jpgSeattle Times photo by Jim Bates

A report surfaced on the Los Angeles Times’ Varsity Times Insider blog Monday that Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff is interested in coaching at Orange Lutheran in Orange, Calif.

Click here for Eric Sondheimer’s post.

The Lancers are looking to replace Jim Kunau, who was fired in January after 19 seasons.

Would Goncharoff, who has led the Wolverines to nine titles in the last 11 seasons, consider moving on?

If he did, it would have to be for the perfect opportunity at the right time and the timing isn’t great.

Bellevue, which has evolved into a Washington powerhouse that is relevant in the national conversation since Goncharoff was hired in 2000, brings back 15 starters next season and could be one of the most talented teams in the school’s history.

Here is a column on Goncharoff written after the 2011 state-title game. Click here.

As soon as I can catch up with Goncharoff, I will put up a new post. The day Goncharoff leaves Bellevue, whether it is for another job or when he one day decides to retire, it will be a huge loss for football in Washington. His Wolverines have helped bring national attention to local athletes, proving that teams in the Northwest can compete, and beat, some of the nation’s best programs.

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