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Brett Smedley, back in his Coupeville days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Former Coupeville High School football coach Brett Smedley has resigned from his gridiron position at his alma mater, Columbia River.

The husband of the school’s two-time state champion volleyball coach, Breanne Smedley, held the head job for four seasons after putting in three campaigns as defensive coordinator.

He led the Rapids to playoff berths in 2019 and 2021 but is stepping down now to focus on family.

Brett and Breeanne have two children, ages four and one.

Smedley, who graduated from Columbia River in 2003, plans to remain at the school as a PE teacher and assistant track coach.

During his four years in Coupeville, he coached middle school basketball in addition to working with the high school’s football program, first as an assistant to Tony Maggio, then as a head coach for one season.

Smedley was head coach in 2015, when Wolf quarterback Gabe Eck threw for a school single-game record of 403 yards in a win over Chimacum, a mark which still stands.

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Breanne Smedley won her second state volleyball title Saturday. (Valen Trujillo photo)

She’s a two-timer.

Former Coupeville High School volleyball coach Breanne Smedley led Columbia River to the 2A state title Saturday, successfully defending a crown won last year.

With the back-to-back championships, the Rapids have won four state volleyball titles all-time.

Smedley and her crew have the 2021 and 2022 wins at the 2A level, while Columbia River also won a 4A title in 1991 and a 3A crown in 2000.

The Rapids plowed through Ephrata (3-0), Enumclaw (3-0), Burlington-Edison (3-1), and Ridgefield (3-0) at the Yakima SunDome.

The championship win was sweet revenge for Columbia River, as it suffered its only loss during a 23-1 season while playing Ridgefield for a district title.

Smedley coached select and high school volleyball during her time on Whidbey, fronting the CHS varsity program during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Her second Wolf squad toppled Seattle Christian in the playoffs, the first postseason win for Coupeville’s volleyball program in a decade.

That helped set the path for success achieved by her successor, Cory Whitmore, who has guided CHS to seven straight winning seasons and a trip to state in 2017.

Breanne and husband Brett, who coached high school football and middle school basketball in Coupeville, moved to Vancouver in 2016.

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After four years teaching and coaching at CHS, Brett Smedley is returning to work at his alma mater, Columbia River. (John Fisken photo)

   After four years teaching and coaching at CHS, Brett Smedley is returning to work at his alma mater, Columbia River. (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville was rocked Thursday morning by news popular coaches Brett and Breanne Smedley were leaving and heading home to Vancouver.

The pair will teach and coach at Columbia River High School.

Breanne will take over as head coach for a volleyball program which finished second at state in 3A, while Brett will be the defensive coordinator for a Chieftains squad which won a league title in 2015.

Taking a moment out from his work in the classroom, Brett issued the following thank-you to the community.

As you have heard Breanne and I are taking teaching and coaching jobs at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, WA.

This was a very hard decision to make, but one we felt we couldn’t pass up.

It is also an opportunity for me to coach and teach at my alma mater and give back to the community that helped to raise me.

The Coupeville community has been amazing at welcoming Breanne and I into the community and making us feel as though we were part of the family.

For this I can not thank Coupeville enough.

I would also like to thank the students, staff, and athletes at Coupeville that I have had a chance to work with.

It has been a lot of fun and a great learning experience for me.

They have been extremely influential in my development as a teacher/coach/person. For that I am extremely thankful.

Lastly, I would like to thank Ron Bagby and Willie Smith for an amazing four years.

They have been huge mentors in my life and Breanne and I are extremely thankful for all they have done for us, and the friendships that have been created.

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Coupeville High School volleyball coach Breanne Smedley is leaving to take a job in Vancouver. (John Fisken photos)

   Coupeville High School volleyball coach Breanne Smedley is leaving to take a job in Vancouver. (John Fisken photos)

Husband Brett will be joining her at Columbia River.

Husband Brett will be joining her at Columbia River.

This is not an April Fools.

Four months out from a new season, Coupeville High School just lost half of its roster of fall sports coaches.

Brett and Breanne Smedley have accepted coaching and teaching jobs in their hometown and are leaving Whidbey Island to return to Vancouver.

Both will teach at Columbia River High School, with Breanne taking over as head volleyball coach.

Brett will be the school’s football defensive coordinator.

Columbia River is a 3A school and plays in the Greater St. Helen’s League, along with Fort Vancouver, Kelso and Prairie.

Both Chieftains programs won league titles this school year.

“This has been an extremely difficult decision, but ultimately we were presented with an opportunity we felt we couldn’t pass up,” Breanne Smedley said. “I am saddened to leave this team and community, but I am confident the program is in a great place to be successful next year and beyond.”

She has been the head volleyball coach at CHS the past two seasons, leading the Wolves to a tie for second-place in the 1A Olympic League this past season.

The Wolves upended Seattle Christian for their first playoff win in a decade.

With her departure, the Wolf volleyball program is two coaches down, as JV coach Heidi Wyman stepped down earlier in the year to focus on family and club coaching.

Brett Smedley worked as an assistant football coach under Tony Maggio before taking over the program last year.

Working with an extremely young roster, he went 1-10, but his team played aggressively and showed considerable signs of growth under his tutelage.

While the move gives the couple a chance to return to their roots, they will treasure their time on Whidbey.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better community to start our careers and begin our lives together,” Breanne Smedley said. “As I told the players, the relationships we have made here go beyond the volleyball court and I will continue to be available as a mentor and friend for these girls.

“Thank you again for the opportunity to coach and teach these amazing young women.”

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Wolf players showed up Friday to hold a flag football clinic for kids from the Boys and Girls Club. (Photo courtesy Jacob Martin)

   Wolf players showed up Friday to hold a flag football clinic for kids from the Boys and Girls Club. (Photo courtesy Jacob Martin)

The strength of the Wolf is the pack.

Proving that to be true, 20 Coupeville High School football players showed up Friday — on a day when there was no school — to help their coaches run a flag football clinic for local children.

The event, put on through the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club, drew 28 participants, said CHS head football coach Brett Smedley.

“We had a great turn out and they had a great time!” he said.

Drawing in both girls and boys on a sunny afternoon, the clinic featured a mix of lessons and fun.

As he continues to build his own program at the high school, Smedley is also reaching out to the sport at other levels.

Getting assistance from a wide range of helpers was invaluable, he said.

“I’d like to thank the Boys and Girls Club, Coupeville Elementary, the CHS Football Team, Coach (Bob) Martin, and Coach (Ryan) King for putting this on!”

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