It’s the season for new coaching hires, and so far, Seaside, Astoria and Warrenton have all added new coaches for the next school year.
At Seaside, two new coaches will start this fall, as Chad Smith replaces Jeff Roberts as the Gulls’ varsity football coach; and Josh Garhofer was hired as the varsity girls soccer coach.
Smith was an assistant under Roberts last season, and before that was the head coach for the 2014 season at La Grande. Previously, he served as the offensive line coach at Madras High School.
La Grande made big strides during Smith’s one season at the helm, as he took the Tigers from a 2-6 league record in 2013 to a 5-4 mark in 2014, and a Greater Oregon League championship.
Roberts resigned when he became the new principal at the high school.
He coached the Gulls for four years, going 5-4 in 2012 and 8-3 in 2013. Seaside was 5-4 in 2014, and finished 1-4 in league last season.
Garhofer is replacing Matt Johnson as the girls’ soccer coach, after serving as an assistant last year.
Seaside was 4-8-2 overall last season, 4-6 in league.
Mike Hawes — a longtime assistant in both girls and boys basketball at Seaside — is the new varsity girls basketball coach at Seaside.
Hawes was chosen to replace Wally Hamer, who recently resigned. In his three years, Hamer led the Lady Gulls to Cowapa League titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15, three straight 20-win seasons, a 26-4 record in league play and state tournament appearances in each of his three years.
The Warriors have hired their third football coach in three years, as Jason Edwards replaces Travis Freeman, who left after succeeding Ian O’Brien.
O’Brien coached from 2012-14, following John Mattila’s run from 1974 to 2011.
Edwards, from Seaside, coached the Warrenton junior varsity last season, and worked with the varsity offense.
A familiar face will be back on the sidelines for Warrenton volleyball, as Jim Hackwith replaces Jenny Forney-Smith for the 2016 season.
Forney-Smith coached the last two years, after Hackwith coached the Lady Warriors from 2005-2013. He previously took Warrenton to the state tournament four straight seasons, 2006-09.
Warrenton volleyball has had just three varsity volleyball coaches over the last 31 years (Dianne Dick, 1985-2004), followed by Hackwith and Forney-Smith.
Jessie Todd has been hired as the Astoria varsity volleyball coach, replacing Angee Hunt, who has stepped down because of an increased workload outside of coaching.
Hunt coached a total of nine years, leading the Lady Fish to a state championship appearance in 2013.