When longtime Hockinson football coach Rick Steele announced his retirement last month, Clint LeCount immediately knew he wanted the job. On Friday afternoon, Hockinson principal Andy Schoonover announced on social media that LeCount was picked as the next head coach of the Hawks’ football team. The hire is pending school board approval.
LeCount spent the past 11 years with Hockinson football, including as the defensive coordinator for the past eight.
“It becomes a part of who you are after awhile,” LeCount said.
Steele left big shoes to fill. He went 112-54 after starting the program in 2004, and won back-to-back state championships in 2017 and 2018.
“I don’t know if you can replace a guy like coach Steele,” LeCount said. “I’ll have to do things and prove myself over time that it was a good choice to bring me in.”
It is the first head coaching job for the 43-year-old LeCount, who is an Evergreen High School graduate. He then played wide receiver at Central Washington University. He became a position coach 11 years ago, and has coached linebackers, receivers, quarterbacks and the secondary during his time with the Hawks.