Rory Rosenbach described Union as one of the premier schools and athletic programs in the state.
“They’ve been outstanding in every aspect since the doors opened,” Rosenbach said.
Now, he is part of that program.
Rosenbach, who has been the head football coach at Glacier Peak of Snohomish since that school opened in 2008 and also won state titles when he was a coach in Oregon, has been hired to coach the Union Titans.
“I loved where I was at. Union is one of the few places I’d leave where I’m at for,” Rosenbach said, adding that he has family living in Portland, and that was another benefit to making the move from the Snohomish school.
Glacier Peak never had a losing season under Rosenbach, going 61-25 in eight seasons. The Grizzlies reached the state quarterfinals in 2009 and this past fall. In 2015, Glacier Peak went 10-2 — both losses coming against powerhouse Bellevue.
“As far as on-field success, Rory’s resume speaks for itself,” said Cale Piland, athletic director for Evergreen Public Schools. “More importantly, we think he’s going to be a positive influence on the school and the community in general.”
Rosenbach led Marist of Eugene, Ore., to state titles as the head coach in 2005 and 2007 before being hired at Glacier Peak.
Now his challenge will be getting Union to the playoffs in what will be a new-look Class 4A Greater St. Helens League. The league will have five teams. Four of those teams — Battle Ground, Camas, Skyview, and Union — have recent playoff experience. While nothing is official, it is possible the league will have only two postseason berths, maybe three.
“Football in southwest Washington has gotten better and better in the last decade,” Rosenbach said. “Any one of those teams could represent. It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be a fun challenge.”
Union finished fifth in the seven-team GSHL this past fall, the first time the Titans had missed the playoffs since their first year in 2007.
Glacier Peak ran a no-huddle offense, and Rosenbach expects to continue doing that at Union.
“I tend to be pretty aggressive with play calling, scheme, and philosophy,” he said.
Rosenbach will take over for Gary McGarvie, who resigned this winter after two seasons and a 13-7 record.