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   Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim was one of seven Wolves who attended a summer hoops camp in Bellingham. (John Fisken photo)

Put in the work in summer for success in winter.

That’s the mantra for the Coupeville High School boys basketball squad, which took the court under first-year head coach Brad Sherman at a hoops camp this weekend.

Getting maximum effort out of the seven players who attended, the Wolves played eight games in two days in Bellingham, before injuries curtailed efforts to keep playing Sunday.

Sherman, the former CHS star who is returning to lead the program he once played for, was joined by Hunter Downes, Kyle Rockwell, Ariah Bepler, Mason Grove, Jacobi Pacquette-Pilgrim, Ethan Spark and Jered Brown.

“The kids showed a tremendous amount of heart this weekend,” Sherman said.”Our final two games today (about 70 minutes of basketball), we played with five guys against schools who had a bench full of subs.

“Our guys never quit and never stopped pushing when it would have been easy to.”

Coupeville’s never-say-die attitude drew praise from other coaches and bystanders.

“Highlight of the weekend for me — against likely the best team at the camp in a lopsided game, a collegiate-level official had been sitting watching our team and made a point of telling me that several people had commented on our teams sportsmanship and attitude in the face of adversity,” Sherman said.

“There is no greater compliment and it made me proud as a coach, and should make our players and parents feel proud as well.”

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   Dakota Eck made a name for himself in football, basketball and soccer during his days at CMS. (John Fisken photos)

   His mom, Cheridan, has been a beacon of joy as a cheer coach, Zumba instructor and advocate for all things healthy.

   Dakota’s energetic lil’ sis, Aubrey, delivers one final kick before she and her family head off on a new adventure.

Dakota Eck is headed to the big show.

A three-sport athlete for the Wolves during his time at Coupeville Middle School, Eck won’t be making the jump to CHS this fall with his classmates.

Instead, he’ll be attending classes at Edmonds-Woodway, a 3A school which competes in Wesco alongside Oak Harbor.

The change is due to a family move, as Eck, mom Cheridan, the former CHS cheer coach, and lil’ sister Aubrey are relocating.

It’ll be a big switch, as the last WIAA classification numbers shows EWHS with 1,216 students, or, basically, just about a thousand more than Coupeville.

During his time at CMS, Dakota was a key member of several teams, playing for Wolf football and basketball squads.

He also played rec soccer for many years, and was the captain for his pitch team this year.

Aubrey’s enthusiasm meter as a junior cheerleader never dipped below 100, as she spent much of her time immersed in her mom’s cheer world.

Cheridan, a former Sonics dancer and someone who was always at the forefront of health and well-being, both as instructor and participant, led the CHS cheer program for several years.

As the trio heads off to the big city on a new adventure, we here at Coupeville Sports wish Dakota, Cheridan and Aubrey all the best.

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   CHS head baseball coach Chris Smith is taking on a second job at the school, as boys basketball JV coach. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

Chris Smith is going to pull double duty.

The popular Coupeville High School head baseball coach has been offered the assistant boys basketball job at the school, Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Sunday night.

The hire is not official until approved by the school board at its June 26 meeting.

As the new JV hoops guru, Chris Smith joins Brad Sherman, who was recently hired as the program’s head coach.

After working as a baseball assistant, Smith moved into the head coaching position early this spring when Marc Aparicio resigned.

He guided the Wolf hardball squad to a 7-6 mark, going a crisp 6-2 in Olympic League play.

A father of three star CHS three-sport athletes (2016 grad CJ, senior-to-be Hunter and sophomore-to-be Scout), Smith is a 1989 graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia.

He holds a BA in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy from Western Washington University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University.

Smith also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993.

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   Brad Sherman, here playing in the Roehl Roundball Classic, will be the new CHS boys basketball head coach. (John Fisken photo)

The Three-Ball King is coming back to the gym.

Barring a last second snafu, legendary former Coupeville High School athlete Brad Sherman will be the new boys basketball head coach at his alma mater.

The recommendation to hire him for the position was slipped on to the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting at the last second, buried under a bunch of other hires (soccer, cheer, football) which were already public knowledge.

Sherman, who graduated in 2003, is currently an assistant coach with the Wolf football and track programs.

During his days as a high school athlete, he set football QB records which still stand, and was a standout on the hardwood as well.

He jointly held the single-game record for three-pointers made in one game, with six, until this past season, when senior Gabe Wynn hit seven against Port Townsend.

Sherman inherits a team which will return many of its key players, including leading scorer Hunter Smith.

For more background on the quiet legend, take a look at a “Where Are They Now?” feature I wrote awhile back:


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Clockwise, from left, are Kyle Nelson, Michael Golden and Jerry Helm.

Everything’s beginning to fall into place.

While nothing is 100% set in stone until the school board approves the hirings, Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith is rapidly filling open coaching positions.

On the heels of Emily Stevens and Amanda Jones being offered cheer coaching positions — https://coupevillesports.com/2017/05/11/alumni-return-to-coach-chs-cheer/ — CHS has tabbed new assistant football coaches and a new girls head soccer coach.

Jerry Helm and Michael Golden will join second-year man Brad Sherman as assistants to Wolf gridiron coach Jon Atkins.

Meanwhile, Kyle Nelson will pull double duty, adding the girls soccer squad to his duties with the Wolf boys.

Nelson joins CHS tennis coach Ken Stange as the only coaches to be in charge of two varsity programs at the school.

Approval of all five hires are on the agenda for Monday’s school board meeting.

Coaching jobs still open include high school boys basketball (head and assistant coach), high school volleyball (assistant coach) and middle school girls basketball (head coach).

Nelson, who replaces Troy Cowan, has been the Wolf boys head soccer coach since 2014.

He inherits a girls team which went 8-7-1 last season and should return a solid core in Mia Littlejohn, Sage Renninger, Kalia Littlejohn and Lindsey Roberts.

Helm is CHS royalty, a four-sport star in his time in the red and black before graduating in 1998. He is a captain with Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue.

To find out more about his story, check out this “Where Are They Now?” piece I wrote a few years back:


Of the new hires, Golden is the one most in need of an introduction.

A native of Alabama, where he played and coached football, he moved his family to Whidbey last fall to bring his startup — http://wolf-tek.com/ — closer to the bustling West Coast tech community.

Golden’s wife Laura is a published author who works with Random House, and they have two sons, Cade and Tanner.

Both are following their dad, but in different ways.

Cade, who trains with Seahawks QB Jake Heaps, “is a lover of all things football and carries a football everywhere,” while Tanner is “a young tech genius who’s already writing software code and likes to write like his mother.”

Golden grew up in Pell City, Alabama, following a family tradition which saw his grandfather, dad and brother all embrace gridiron life in a state which loves football and then some.

“I’ve always had a passion for football at a very young age and carried a football everywhere I went until I was 30,” Golden said.

He was a QB for Pell City from 1991-1993, and continued playing for local teams while focusing on academics while in college at Gadsden State and Auburn University.

While playing in the Birmingham Metro League, Golden got the coaching bug, which has carried him through highly-successful stints with little league, middle school and high school teams.

That included a ten-year run with Pell City, a 6A high school which went to the playoffs every year.

His love of football and technology have always meshed well.

“I love studying plays and trying to figure out how to outsmart our opponents,” Golden said. “I look at myself more as a football engineer or architect.

“I believe in ‘build the offense or defense around your team, not the team around the offense or defense’.”

Golden also believes in putting in the work, both as players and coaches.

“I truly believe fundamentals and correct techniques are the success of any championship program,” he said. “I also believe in having fun and being a good role model for the kids.

“I want to help kids not only be successful on the field but also be good students in the classroom.”

While he and his family have only been in Coupeville for a relatively short time, they’ve already come to love their new home.

“Last year I coached with the locally famous Bob Martin on the middle school team,” Golden said. “Bob is one of the best coaches I’ve worked with and I truly appreciate all his hard work.

“I really appreciate the warm welcome this lovely town has given us over the last year,” he added. “We truly appreciate being here and can’t wait to get more involved in the community.”

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