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Christian Swain steps down as Columbia River’s football coach

He hopes to eventually pursue other head coaching opportunities

By Andy Buhler, Columbian Staff Writer
Published: January 30, 2019, 4:58pm

Columbia River’s Christian Swain announced his resignation as head football coach after three seasons on Wednesday afternoon.

Swain cited proximity to his family and a transition into teaching as the primary reasons in a statement posted to Twitter.


“After careful thought and consideration with my family, I have decided to step down as Head Football Coach at Columbia River High School to pursue other Head Coaching opportunities,” Swain wrote. “This was a decision that did not come easy,”

The Chieftains had a 14-16 overall record, 12-6 in 2A Greater St. Helens League play over the course of Swain’s three seasons. River finished second in league in 2016, tied for second in 2017 and third in 2018.

“We wish coach Swain well and appreciate his work both on and off the field for CR football and athletics,” Columbia River athletic director Tony Liberatore said.

Liberatore said he will work with district administration to post the job and complete the hiring process.

“We want to be quick, but not hurry on this,” Liberatore said.

Reached Wednesday afternoon, Swain opted not to comment beyond his Twitter post. He currently works in the Vancouver Public Schools district office, he said. He lives in Portland with his wife and kids.

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to my family, the admin at CR, the student athletes, families, assistant coaches and wonderful community there,” Swain’s Tweet said. “This has truly been a first class experience for our family. CR had a great football program when I arrived and there is no doubt they will continue to prosper long after I am gone.”

Swain replaced John O’Rourke, who retired after 22 seasons, in spring 2016. He said he hopes to pursue other head coaching opportunities. Before Columbia River, Swain coached Portland’s Roosevelt High School from winless in his first season (0-9) to Portland Interscholastic League contenders and champions in 2013.

Staff writer Meg Wochnick contributed to this report.

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