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Columbia River taps DC Brett Smedley as next head football coach

River grad served as defensive coordinator for last three seasons

By Andy Buhler, Columbian Staff Writer
Published: March 8, 2019, 1:07pm

Columbia River High School has promoted Brett Smedley to be its next head football coach, the school announced Friday.

Smedley, a 2003 River grad, spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator under Christian Swain, who resigned in January.

“I am really excited to start working with the kids and coaches and to give back to the River community that has done so much for my life,” Smedley said in a press release.

Smedley was the head coach at Coupeville High School, a 1A North Sound Conference school, for one season (2015), where he was previously an assistant coach. He has also been an assistant coach at Battle Ground High School.

As a player, Smedley was an all-state defensive end for the Cheieftains in 2002. He went on to play for Western Washington and Linfield.

Smedley teaches weight training and P.E. at River. His wife, Breanne, is River’s head volleyball coach.

This story will be updated.

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Columbian Staff Writer