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Prep notes: Lutgen resigns as Woodland’s football coach

Seton Catholic hires baseball, girls soccer coaches

By , Columbian staff writer

Woodland High School will have a new head football coach in 2020 after Garrett Lutgen resigned Friday, athletic director Paul Huddleston said. 

Lutgen went 2-7 in one season as the varsity head coach. He served in Woodland’s football program since 2014 in multiple coaching roles and replaced Mike Woodward as head coach after the 2018 season. 

“On behalf of our entire school and community, I want to thank him for the time and effort he invested into our football program,” Huddleston said Friday. “Garrett has a bright future ahead of him as a head coach and I would not at all be surprised to see him back on the sidelines again if the fit and timing are right.”

Attempts to reach Lutgen for comment were unsuccessful.

Seton Catholic hires baseball coaches — Seton Catholic will field its own varsity baseball program for the first time this spring. On Friday, the school announced that Ted Wieczorek will be the head coach.

Seton Catholic previously had combined baseball programs with King’s Way Christian. Seton contributed five players to a squad that won the 1A state championship in 2017.

However, that agreement ended after the 2017 season. The past two seasons Seton students played baseball for their resident public high school teams.

Michael Naughton, Pat Merriweather, Dan Iverson and Nick Kralj will also serve on the coaching staff, the school said.

The Cougars will play their home games the turf field at Harmony Sports Comlex in east Vancouver.

Seton hires girls soccer coach — Antonio Buckley, a club coach for the Washington Timbers, was hired as the new girls soccer coach for Seton Catholic, replacing Amanda Chase.

Buckley also has coaching experience at Jefferson and Madison high schools in Portland as well as Heritage High School.

Seton athletic director Phil Kent said Chase stepped down as coach to spend more time with her family.