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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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Former Coupeville High School coach Breanne Smedley led Columbia River to a state volleyball title. (Photo property The Elite Competitor podcast)

We knew her before she was big time.

Former Coupeville High School coach Breanne Smedley, who helped build a strong Wolf program, sits atop the volleyball world Saturday night.

Her Columbia River spikers completed a masterful run, upending Ridgefield 25-23, 25-16, 20-25, 25-23 to claim the 2A state title.

The crown-clinching win came on the heels of straight-sets victories over Mark Morris, Anacortes, and Burlington-Edison.

The Rapids finish 22-1, having thoroughly avenged their only loss of the campaign.

Columbia River fell in three sets to Ridgefield in late September, than rebounded to beat the Spudders three straight times, with the state final the crowning touch.

It’s the third state title for the Rapids volleyball program, with each win coming in a different classification.

The school’s first spiker title came in 1991, when Columbia River was a 4A school.

The Rapids won again in 2000, this time at the 3A level, before adding Saturday’s 2A crown to the stash.

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

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 six-straight winning seasons and a trip to state in 2017.

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

Along with coaching and being a mom, Breanne also co-hosts a podcast which focuses on female athletes:

https://www.kristinabreanne.com/

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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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