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Jack Hathaway steps down as head football coach at Camas High School

Papermakers were 22-11 in three seasons under Hathaway

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: January 5, 2024, 3:01pm
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Camas head football coach Jack Hathaway looks down he sideline Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, during the Papermakers’ 17-7 win against Skyview at Camas High School.
Camas head football coach Jack Hathaway looks down he sideline Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, during the Papermakers’ 17-7 win against Skyview at Camas High School. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Jack Hathaway has resigned after three seasons as head football coach at Camas High School, citing personal reasons, the school announced Friday.

“It is with mixed emotions and a deep sense of gratitude that I announce my resignation as the head football coach at Camas,” Hathaway said. “This decision has been a difficult one to make, as this program and community is very important to me. I still have aspirations to be involved with the football program but just in a different capacity.”

Hathaway served as an assistant coach under Jon Eagle for seven seasons before becoming interim head coach when Eagle stepped down after the Spring COVID season of 2021. Hathaway had the interim tag lifted from his title following the fall 2021 season.

The Papermakers went 22-11 in three seasons under Hathaway, winning three 4A Greater St. Helens League championships and reaching the state playoffs in two seasons. As an assistant, he was part of teams that won state championships at Camas in 2016 and 2019.

“Please respect my decision to step down and understand that personal reasons have led me to this decision,” Hathaway said. “I am confident the tradition of excellence we’ve built upon will continue to thrive under new leadership. I extend my deepest appreciation to the players, coaching staff, administration, parents, and the entire Camas community.

“During the transition period, I am committed to working closely with the coaching staff to ensure a seamless transfer of responsibilities. I have the utmost confidence in the program’s future and I look forward to continuing to work with Camas football in whatever capacity is needed of me.”

Hathaway’s three-year tenure is the shortest at Camas since Reed Clayton led the program for just one season in 1995. Since then, only three men have served as the Papermakers head coach — Bob Holman (1996-2007), Eagle (2008-2021) and Hathaway.

“We are grateful that Coach Hathaway will continue to coach as part of our varsity staff, and continue to impact our student-athletes,” Camas athletic director Stephen Baranowski said. “His kid-centered approach and unwavering commitment to the program are attributes we will seek in our next head coach. With an immense amount of gratitude, we thank Coach Hathaway for the impact he has made on the lives of so many as our head coach.”

Prior to coming to Camas, Hathaway was the head coach at Heritage High School from 2011 to 2013.

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