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Prep notes: Dennis Herling steps down as football coach at Seton Catholic

New baseball coaches at Union, Skyview

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

Dennis Herling has resigned after three seasons as Seton Catholic head football coach, citing personal reasons, Seton Catholic athletic director Phil Kent said.

Herling took to social media last weekend to express his appreciation with everyone associated with the program.

“I never imagined having to step away under these circumstances, but as we have taught you, in life there are times and events that are out of your control,” Herling posted on social media. “All you can focus on is the parts that you can control. It’s with a heavy heart that I will not be returning to Seton next year, but I know you are all in good hands. Please know this was not an easy decision for me, and it is still something that weighs on my heart. But I have to do what is best for everyone involved.”

Herling took over the Seton program in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, then led the Cougars to a winning campaign in the Winter 2021 season at 3-2.

He led Seton Catholic to its first postseason berth in the fall 2021 season. The Cougars retuned to the district playoffs last season, going 5-5.

Herling finishes with a 11-14 mark in three seasons.

Seton Catholic becomes the third Clark County school to have a head football coaches step down this offseason, following Chase Smith at Heritage and Brett Smedley at Columbia River.

NEW BASEBALL COACHES: When baseball teams begin practices next Monday, two 4A Greater St. Helens League teams will be led by new coaches.

Lee Hunter is the new baseball coach at Union. A Fort Vancouver graduate, Hunter has over 30 years of coaching experience, ranging from travel teams to college.

Hunter replaces Rob Vance, who stepped down in January to join the coaching staff at Lewis & Clark College.

Brian Hansen returned to Skyview as head baseball coach after two seasons at Fort Vancouver.

Hansen replaces Seth Johnson stepped down in November after eight seasons as coach, citing Skyview’s limited in-season and offseason facilities as a driving factor in his decision. Hansen was an assistant coach at Skyview under Johnson.

NEW VOLLEYBALL COACH: Charlie Rosa has been named the second head volleyball coach in Union High School history.

Rosa served as an assistant under previous coach Lori Piland, who had been Union’s volleyball coach since the school opened in 2007.

“Charlie comes to us with an outstanding volleyball background and we are extremely lucky to have him,” Union athletic director Jamal McKenzie said.