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   A new teaching job will prevent Wolf legend Megan Smith from continuing as a CMS basketball coach.

One legend down.

Megan Smith, who made the jump from Coupeville High School hoops star to middle school coach, is stepping away from running the CMS 7th grade girls basketball team.

At least for a bit.

Smith’s new real-world job, as a teacher with Hand in Hand Head Start, which allows her to follow in the footsteps of mom Cherie, requires a detour out of the gym.

“With my new job, the hours just don’t work out,” Smith said. “But I do plan on returning eventually!

“So don’t count me out. I’m not done forever, just for now.”

Smith went 6-4 in her one year at the helm of the 7th grade program.

Her departure means both CMS girls basketball jobs are open, since 8th grade coach Ryan King stepped down after last season.

Before graduating from CHS in 2010, Smith was a 12-time letter winner (volleyball, basketball and softball) who was voted the school’s Female Athlete of the Year three straight times.

She is the fourth-leading scorer in Wolf girls basketball history with 1,042 points.

No word yet on whether her departure from the coaching ranks will make Coupeville Athletic Director (and dad) Willie Smith remove Megan from his will.

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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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   CHS will have three new head coaches next school year, after changes in the boys basketball, cheer and girls soccer programs. (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville High School has three open head coaching positions, though only one job has been officially posted.

The agenda for this Monday’s school board meeting, which is now available to the public, includes a request to not renew the supplemental contract of girls soccer coach Troy Cowan.

That job is expected to be posted shortly.

The school board already voted to not renew cheer coach Cheridan Eck’s contract at its Nov. 28 meeting, and the job was posted Dec. 12.

The position remains unfilled.

A third coach, Anthony Smith, confirmed he has been told he will not be returning to the boys basketball program.

Action on his contract is expected to happen at the school board’s April meeting, and the job would be posted afterwards.

Soccer and basketball hiring decisions are made by the school’s Athletic Director, Willie Smith, while cheer is an activity at CHS and falls under the purview of Principal Duane Baumann.

School officials declined to issue any public statements on any of the coaching changes.

Anthony Smith coached basketball for six seasons, while Eck ran the cheer program for five and Cowan headed the pitch squad for the last four years.

“I was given a great opportunity,” Anthony Smith said.

His words were echoed by Cowan, who released the following statement:

I was surprised, but the decision wasn’t mine.

I had a fantastic four-year run and am very thankful to Mrs. (Lori) Stolee for the opportunity and Mr. Baumann, who supported me and all of the staff at CHS.

I am extremely thankful for the wonderful relationships I developed with the players and the best fans on the Island!

I tried to change the culture and bring a new and positive approach to the program.

I’m proud of the accomplishments and the growth that I saw in the program, but unfortunately, I came up a bit short.

I honestly enjoyed every minute I spent with the Lady Wolves and will cherish them dearly.

I hope this new direction the school wants to take the program helps them put that first banner in the rafters.

I honestly wish the girls all the luck and hope they achieve their full potential.

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CHS assistant soccer coach Samantha Shulock is moving to Phoenix. (John Fisken photo)

   CHS assistant soccer coach Samantha Shulock is moving to Phoenix. (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville High School is losing a popular assistant coach for the second time in three weeks.

In late Nov., it was Wolf football coach Ryan King announcing his departure.

Thursday it was CHS soccer assistant Samantha Shulock.

In a post on the team’s Facebook page, she told her players of her plans to move back to Phoenix at the start of the new year.

“I more than appreciate all of you girls and am proud of how much all of you grew this season!,” Shulock wrote. “Never forget you’re always a team, on and off the field.

“Good luck with your school year, other sports, and next season.”

A 2008 Oak Harbor High School grad who went on to play soccer at two colleges, she joined Troy Cowan’s staff this season.

Shulock worked with players on both sides of the ball, with an emphasis on defense.

Coupeville put together the first winning season in program history this fall, finishing 8-7-1 overall, 6-3 in 1A Olympic League play.

The Wolves claimed their third consecutive second-place league finish and lost a close playoff game to Charles Wright Academy.

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Ryan King

   Ryan King, seen here imparting wisdom to Matt Hilborn (80), is stepping down after six years as a Coupeville HS/MS coach. (John Fisken photo)

The Coupeville coaching fraternity took a hit Monday afternoon.

Ryan King, who went from being a starting lineman for the Wolf football squad to working with the players who came after him, is stepping down.

He plans to coach one more season of girls middle school basketball this winter, but officially ended his run with the CHS football squad.

King was a key member of the 2005 Coupeville gridiron team, the most recent to post a winning record.

After speaking to the current football squad, he released the following statement:

I want to thank all of Coupeville for the last six years.

I have been truly blessed to come back and coach and to be around truly wonderful people.

As of today I have decided to step down from all coaching once my girls basketball season is done.

I want to thank all of the coaches I have worked with in all sports, especially Dustin Van Velkinburgh, who had helped me get into coaching.

I also want to thank all the head coaches I have worked with — Jay Silver, Bob Martin, Tony Maggio, Brett Smedley and Jon Atkins — for helping me become a better coach and teaching me a lot.

These last six years coaching football and basketball have been amazing.

I had the opportunity to meet with some wonderful families and be able to give back to the Coupeville that I once played for.

All the athletes I had the chance to coach from football and basketball (both boys and girls), I thank you.

I will truly miss being out there on the field or being on the court with them or even being in the weight room for SST.

I am so proud of you all.

For the last six years, being there as your coach has been the greatest thing I have ever done.

I love you all and know that I may not be there on the sidelines or in the weight room, but I will always be your biggest supporter and your biggest fan.

The door for coaching is never closed. I shall return in the near future, but as of now, I say, thank you, Coupeville.

Go Wolves!

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