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Aaron Hart resigns as Mountain View’s football coach after one season

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 4, 2024, 9:10am

Aaron Hart resigned Friday as Mountain View’s head football coach, citing “personal reasons” for why he stepped away after one season. 

In an email addressed to Thunder families Friday, Hart wrote, “Making this decision has been immensely difficult for me, given that coaching and fostering positive changes in the lives of young individuals have been my deepest passions and life’s calling. Yet, after thorough contemplation, I have reached the conclusion that stepping down at this juncture is in the best interest of the players.”

Hart continued: “I want to express my gratitude to you and the rest of the Mountain View community for your support, dedication, and hard work throughout my tenure, albeit short. I am truly grateful for the opportunity of serving as the head coach of Mountain View.”

Cale Piland, director of athletics for Evergreen Public Schools, confirmed Hart’s resignation.

Under Hart’s direction in 2023, the Thunder went 9-2, won the 3A Greater St. Helens League title, and reached the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs. 

This marks the second time in less than 12 months Hart resigned as a high school head football coach. Last spring, he cited player safety concerns for why he stepped down as Lincoln’s (Seattle) head coach. He was hired as Mountain View’s coach in June, replacing Adam Mathieson. Mathieson is now Camas’ head coach after serving as an assistant on staff in 2023.