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Seth Johnson returns to Skyview to be head baseball coach

He was assistant for 2013 state championship team

By , Columbian Sports Editor

Skyview High School is turning to a familiar face for its next baseball coach.

Seth Johnson, an assistant coach on the 2013 Class 4A state championship team, has been named head coach for the Storm.

Johnson spent last season as head coach for Hudson’s Bay.

“We felt like the role he played with the state championship team makes him a great fit for this job,” Skyview athletic director Jim Gray said. “He did such a good job with that team. I’m sure he’ll have no problem meeting expectations.”

Johnson takes over for Eric Estes, who was arrested in June on charges of child sex abuse. He is free on $50,000 bail while awaiting trial on allegations from 1997 in Maryland.

Vancouver Public Schools received no reports of misconduct by Estes during his 14 years with the district.

Gray said Johnson’s familiarity with the school, players and parents will be a stabilizing influence after the shock of the Estes arrest.

“He’s been around the program,” Gray said. “He is known by the kids and their families. He’s been around the building.”

Johnson, 32, previously was an assistant at Lower Columbia College in Longview for four years. He played high school ball at Kelso.

Skyview has also chosen a new boys golf coach, filling the other coaching job Estes held at the school. That job will go to Michael Baskette, a Skyview teacher and current girls golf coach.

Both hires are pending approval by the school board.

Johnson could not be reached for comment.