Tahoma, Auburn Riverside and Auburn Mountainview recently announced some coaching changes.
The most prominent change at Tahoma is in cross country and boys track, where Gary Conner has stepped down after 20 years. His cross country teams have been consistently among the best in the area, and state, and they’ve had some long winning streaks in the SPSL. I had hoped to get some more detail from coach Conner, but didn’t hear back from him.
The Bears also must replace volleyball coach Sally Eager, who has done an outstanding job during her five-year tenure. They qualified for district play each season and earned a pair of state berths.
Auburn Riverside has hired Kyle Jones as head wrestling coach. Jones is a 2006 AR graduate who succeeds Steve Mead, his former coach. He has been an assistant coach at Auburn and Auburn Mountainview.
The Ravens also will be starting a boys lacrosse program next spring under the leadership of coach Lou Lucchesi, who has an extensive background in the sport.
Auburn Mountainview already has hired three new head coaches — Telia Peterson in volleyball, Thomas Ostrander in boys basketball and Jay McGuffin in wrestling.
Peterson takes over for Nicole Claudon, who resigned to finish her degree in education, according to athletic director Chris Carr. She has coached at the middle-school, club and collegiate levels in Houston, Texas, the past five years. Peterson played volleyball at Boise State University.
Ostrander has been the girls basketball coach at Bonney Lake the past seven years, taking the Panthers to six straight post-season appearances, including a pair of state tournaments. He was a three-sport athlete at East Valley High School in Yakima went on to play football at WSU. Ostrander succeeds Terry Johnson, who took a coaching position in Tennessee.
McGuffin steps into the wrestling position vacated by Adam France and has coached wrestling in Lake Chelan the past eight years after a successful collegiate career at Boise State. His high-school teams have finished in the top-10 at state four times and he produced four individual state champions.