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Ashley Menges, flying high here, is returning to the CHS volleyball program, but as a coach this time. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Menges and Emma Smith enjoy their Senior Night during the 2018 season.

Smashley returns.

After a season on the sideline, former Coupeville High School volleyball ace Ashley Menges is rejoining the Wolf volleyball program, but as a coach this time.

Menges, who graduated from CHS in 2019 after a stellar four-year run of sets, digs, and kills, has been tabbed as the school’s JV spiker coach.

Her hire will be official after the School Board approves it.

Menges joins varsity coach Cory Whitmore, who is heading into his fifth season at the helm of the CHS volleyball program.

JV coach Chris Smith and C-Team coach Krimson Rector both stepped down during the offseason with an eye on pursuing other life goals.

For Menges, a volleyball lifer, the chance to coach at her alma mater, and in her favorite sport, is a thrill.

“It’ll be nice to be back in the gym during volleyball season!,” she said. “I’m very excited to work with all the girls.”

When I inducted Menges into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, this was part of what I wrote:

She could smoke service winners, flip end-over-end to save balls which looked like goners, soar into the heavens to smash spikes, and deliver perfect lil’ set-ups for her teammates to get the glory.

Through it all, the transcendent young woman who ended her career as a team captain, as a key player on back-to-back league title teams, as a state meet veteran who helped CHS to three straight 10+ win seasons, was pure class.

Menges is talented, is a firecracker on the floor, and worked as hard as anyone.

But it was her willingness to take on whatever role was necessary for the betterment of the team which made the biggest impression on those in the stands.

PS — If you have any doubt as to where I stand, I’ll close with this — this is a really great hire.

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After two seasons as a football coach at Coupeville High School, Kwamane Bowens is jumping to Oak Harbor. (Photo courtesy Bowens)

Bowens and Bennett Richter work the sideline in a game this past fall. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Kwamane Bowens is taking his talents north.

The former NCAA D-I football star, who has been an assistant gridiron coach at Coupeville High School the past two seasons, made the announcement Thursday on Facebook.

For the 2020 football season I will be coaching the defensive backs at Oak Harbor High School at the varsity level. I am beyond excited!!

I would love to thank the support I have gained from the past two years at Coupeville from parents and staff to the whole community.

To the coaching staff that gave me my first chance I am forever grateful and I thank you for letting me find who I was as a coach and mentor.

The things that we accomplished were amazing and I pray the program continues to grow.

To the kids I ask that you continue to give everything you got no matter what.

Do not let anybody tell you dreams don’t come true because those who say that don’t work for them.

Go win conference!

I am very excited for this new opportunity and can not wait for the new season.

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CHS cross country coach Luke Samford, seen here with Catherine Lhamon at the state meet, has joined the school’s track and field coaching staff. (Helene Lhamon photo)

Coupeville High School has filled two of its three open coaching positions, at least unofficially.

School Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Thursday that he’s hired Will Thayer as the Wolf JV softball coach and Luke Samford as a CHS assistant track coach.

Both men can work with their teams when spring sports practices begin Monday, but neither hire is official until approved by the Coupeville School Board at its next meeting.

Samford now has two gigs at the school, as he is also the head coach of the Wolf cross country program.

A former NCAA D-I athlete, he coached college runners for seven years before a family move brought him to Whidbey Island.

In his first season at the helm of the harriers this fall, he helped a reborn program make great strides, with junior Catherine Lhamon qualifying for state.

Samford’s hire helps to fill a hole left by the partial departure of Lincoln Kelley, whose day job in Oak Harbor will no longer allow him to be a full-time track and field assistant.

Kelley may still help out as a volunteer, however.

Thayer, a 2002 grad of Oak Harbor High School, replaces Greg Thomas, who stepped down after last season.

He joins a Wolf staff which includes head coach Kevin McGranahan and varsity volunteer assistant Ron Wright, and will coach the JV team.

The one current open position is the Wolf JV volleyball coaching gig, after Chris Smith recently stepped down from the position.

Smith continues to hold down two other jobs at the school, as the head varsity baseball coach and assistant boys basketball coach.

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