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January 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Redmond hires Jason Rimkus as the school’s new football coach

Redmond High School has hired Jason Rimkus has the school’s new head football coach.

Rimkus spent the previous three seasons as the head coach at Interlake. Redmond athletic director John Applegate said Rimkus’ experience in KingCo — Interlake competes in KingCo 3A/2A while Redmond competes in KingCo 4A — was a big selling point.

Rimkus went 12-23 (.343) in his three seasons at Interlake, which was a 2A school competing against mostly 3A KingCo schools during his first two years before jumping to 3A before the 2012 season.

“He comes to us with some experience with our conference against some great competition,” Applegate said. “He’s ready to come help us get to the next level.”

Rimkus helped grow Interlake’s program during his three years. He said he had only five seniors when he first arrived at the school. This year, he said before the season, he had somewhere in the high teens.

Rimkus previously spent time at Bothell as the defensive backs coach under Tom Bainter.

“He brings a lot of football knowledge, energy and enthusiasm,” Applegate said. “He knows the conference, knows the coaches and the players in the conference. That experience that he brought and what he’s done at Interlake were impressive. He really helped get that program going in that direction.”

Rimkus, who went 3-7 in 2012 at Interlake, replaces Jeff Chandler at Redmond.

Chandler went 7-21 in his three seasons at Redmond. He went 4-5 his first year but followed that up with an 0-9 season the next year. It was the first winless season in school history. The Mustangs gave up 43.8 points that year, the seventh-most allowed in KingCo history.

Redmond went 3-7 in 2012.

“Coach Chandler had the job for three years and really did a good job of increasing the turnout numbers,” Applegate said. “He got those going in the right direction. We finished our season strong and won our last two games. We felt like we were taking those steps to get Redmond back to a winning program again. With Jason, we just felt like he was the guy to keep it going forward.”

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