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Union football’s Coad steps down as interim head coach

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor
Published: December 13, 2023, 7:00pm

Union football’s Kevin Coad announced Wednesday that he will not be the team’s head coach going forward.

In an e-mail sent to Union players and parents, Coad said balancing family life with the rigors of being a head football coach was one reason for his decision.

“After further conversations with my wife, I just didn’t feel like I could confidently provide the level of support and attention to the Titan program and all of the time that is needed to bring us back to the ranks of the elite, while also keeping my own cup full at home,” Coad wrote.

“I believe the Titan Football Program deserves a truly clean slate and someone who has the experience and ability to be present for your student-athlete each and every day,” Coad added.

A 2004 graduate of Evergreen High School, Coad joined Union’s football program as an assistant coach in 2016. He took over as defensive coordinator in 2018, the year the Titans won the Class 4A state championship.

Coad was named interim head coach in July when Rory Rosenbach left after seven seasons to become the athletic director at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish.

Union went 2-7 this season while playing a schedule that included six teams that reached the Class 4A or 3A state playoffs.

Coad wrote there were other factors at play besides his desire to balance coaching and family.

“This is not the only reason for my decision, but I will reserve those other details for more individualized conversations,” Coad wrote. “Just know that I only accepted the interim role because of your kids and I only choose to teach and coach because of the great young people you all have raised.”