Prep notes: Hockinson hires new football head coach

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Brian Schott has been hired to become the second high school football coach at Hockinson High School.

Schott, a Mountain View High School graduate, is a French teach at West Linn (Ore.) High School, where he also served as the offensive coordinator on the freshman team. He has also served as a coach in football, basketball and baseball at Madison of Portland, Evergreen and Mountain View, as well as in Yuma, Ariz.

He also served as a coach consultant and player for Les Tigres de Nancy, an organization of American-style football in France. He is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where he also played football.

"In addition to his breadth of coaching experience in multiple programs, we were most impressed with Brian's deep level of passion for the student-athletes and vision for the program," Hockinson principal Brian Lehner said. "We are confident that he will continue to strengthen the program that Rick Steele left in excellent shape."

Schott replaces Rick Steele, who served as Hockinson's first coach when the program was launched in 2004 through the 2012 season, leading the Hawks to three Class 2A Greater St. Helens League titles.

Marshall to NAU

Jabari Marshall was impressed with Northern Arizona's football coach.

The football coach evidently was impressed with Marshall.

photoJabari Marshall, 33, of Skyview High School intercepts a pass in a game against Issaquah High School at Kiggins Bowl Friday November 4, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington. (Troy Wayrynen/The Columbian)

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Jerome Souers made a home visit with Marshall, a linebacker from Skyview, a couple weeks ago. The meeting went well.

Marshall made his intentions known that he plans to sign with Northern Arizona on the first day of the signing period, Feb. 6.

Former Skyview standout Isaac Bond played at NAU before returning to Skyview as a teacher.

"He said he liked it," Marshall said. "They have hard work days, but it pays off in the end."

Marshall said school will come first, football second.

"I want to learn how to survive on my own and how to react to different people, how to cope with different types of people," Marshall said, referring to the college experience.

He wants to major in computer science, to create computer programs and applications.

As far as football, he wants to help Northern Arizona to a championship.

He also wants to perform well for his new coach. Marshall said because of the school's budget, the head coach rarely travels to the Pacific Northwest. When it was Souers who showed up in Vancouver, Marshall said he knew the school was serious in its interest in him.

Marshall was voted to The Columbian's All-Region football team as a linebacker. He also was voted by the coaches to the first team for the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League as a running back and a linebacker.

He entered the season as the back-up running back. He ended up with 106 carries in 10 games, and made the most of them with 17 rushing touchdowns.