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Coupeville High School Principal Duane Baumann is exiting the job at the end of the school year. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The man walks away.

Coupeville High School Principal Duane Baumann is leaving his job at the end of the current school year.

The move will put a cap on a 10-year run as an administrator in Coupeville, during which time he worked, at various points, as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and Athletic Director.

Baumann has been CHS Principal since 2016.

During my time working with him — otherwise known as harassing him with emails or peppering him with constant questions, while he flashed a quiet smile and waited for me to wind down — I found him to be a rock-solid guy.

Baumann was deeply committed to his job, his students, and his co-workers, and he has made our schools and community better for his presence.

He and wife Barbi, and their five children, will be missed, but we wish them all the best.

Saturday night he released the following statement:

Yes, I will be retiring from principaling at the end of this school year. 

I plan on spending more time with my family. We are most likely moving to Port Orchard to be around extended family.

I do not have a new job yet; I am looking at working at the university level, maybe teaching at a school again (I was a pretty good math teacher back in the day) or maybe a new adventure altogether. 

Coupeville has been tremendous for me and my family. I have never seen a community so wonderful as Coupeville.

I thought I would share a few (there are many) of my most memorable sports moments I have seen here at Coupeville.  

Sean Toomey-Stout scoring a touchdown with the deer leading the way was definitely memorable.

I love watching the boys and girls relay teams in track. They are exciting to watch.

The football game when the fog rolled in and nobody could see anything was hilarious.

Randy King was trying to announce and pretty much could not see anything that was happening.  

The top moment though had to be in 2011 when our boys basketball team beat South Whidbey at South Whidbey with the running three-pointer from Ian Smith at the end of the game. 

I think there is still a YouTube video out there with it.  

There are a ton of moments from band, drama, activities, assemblies, etc., that I have not touched on. 

Coupeville, thank you for all the memories.


PS — The video still lives. Bathe in the sweet, sweet tears of South Whidbey:

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Wolf cheerleaders will not travel to Lake Washington Saturday with the football team. (John Fisken photo)

   Wolf cheerleaders will not travel to Lake Washington Saturday with the football team. (John Fisken photo)

There is turmoil on the sidelines.

That much we know for sure. If not a whole lot else.

Coupeville High School cheer coach Cheridan Eck hasn’t been at her post during the past two varsity football games, and multiple sources confirm she isn’t running practices.

The Wolf cheer squad, after originally being scheduled to perform Saturday, when the CHS football team travels to Lake Washington High School to play Bellevue Christian, has been scratched.

Coupeville Principal Duane Baumann replied “Scheduling conflict. Cheer will be at the next games.” when asked for comment.

Whether that means a conflict with available transportation (soccer is also traveling to the same location) or school employees available to monitor the cheerleaders in their coach’s absence, was unclear.

It is the only statement school officials have had, as they have not responded to questions about Eck’s absence or her current status.

The cheer coach has declined comment, saying the school instructed her not to speak.

Wolf cheerleaders are now repeating the same company line, referring any questions to Baumann or Assistant Principal Melissa Rohr, who, as I mentioned, have no comment.

Which is their right.

They don’t have to talk to us if they don’t want to, and they certainly don’t have to address persistent chatter that the reason for Eck’s absence allegedly stems from a letter written by parents detailing their differences with the coach.

There are those who have said “The school will tell you when they want to,” followed by the expectation that I should go quietly sit in the corner until the adults make up their minds.

If that’s your opinion, fine.

It’s not something I 100% agree with, though.

Coupeville High School is a public, taxpayer-funded institution. A certain transparency has to come into play at some point.

Also, people gossip, non-stop, part of the boon and bane of small town life, and that’s spurred by all the advances in online nattering.

Part of what I’m trying to do is weed through the rumors and innuendo. The truth will set us free and all that jazz.

And, at the core of the gossip is something bigger.

If a CHS coach is removed, and if it happens because of parent complaints, that has a potentially chilling effect on all our coaches.

With remarkably few exceptions, the coaches I have worked with at CHS and CMS over the years have been devoted, hard-working, easy to deal with, helpful and in the job because they want to impact the next generation.

Regardless of the sport, they have to deal with balancing egos, playing time, parental expectations, winning and teaching.

It is not an easy job, and frankly, it is one which has become harder in recent years, as everyone has become way more sensitive to criticism.

I’m not advocating for a whole-sale return to the “good old days,” back when grizzled football coaches use to bounce clipboards off of kid’s faces (or far worse), but there’s also a point where we go too far in coddling people.

At the same time, every parent’s responsibility is to protect their children, and it’s certainly not my place to tell anyone how to raise their son or daughter.

I can’t speak to the contents of an alleged letter I haven’t read, and I have a great deal of respect for our current CHS administrators.

Their job is often difficult and hard to navigate, especially in situations like this.

As we move forward in Cheergate 2016, I hope for a positive resolution, whatever that may be.

I, like a lot of others, will be intently watching to see what develops.


Thoughts or comments? I can be easily reached at davidsvien@hotmail.com.

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Sherry Roberts

   Former Coupeville High School Athlete of the Year Sherry Roberts completed her first half marathon Saturday. (Photo courtesy Sherry Roberts Fan Club)

The few, the proud, the local.

Now, only about 3% of the runners involved in the four races offered as part of Saturday’s Whidbey Island Marathon claimed Coupeville as their home town.

That just makes my work a tad bit easier, as, instead of listing all 1,243 runners who participated in the marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K, I’m just focusing on the 38 from Cow Town.

Hey, this blog ain’t called Pocatello Sports, is it?

So here we go:

Marathon (138 runners):

James Steller (7th) 3:13:00
Maria Summers (104th) 4:52:45
Daniel Verble (113th) 5:02:30

Half Marathon (727 runners)

Reed Harbeck (9th) 1:34:13
Holly Salinger (32nd) 1:41:50
Luke Summers (47th) 1:44:16
Duane Baumann (205th) 2:06:23
Allyson Hockett (210th) 2:03:40
Stephen Edwards (226th) 2:04:52
Chris Bibby (232nd) 2:05:43
Phillip Renninger (296th) 2:10:03
Sherry Roberts (297th) 2:10:04
Denise Buys (354th) 2:14:49
John Fish (509th) 2:35:41
Bobbi Bradley (652nd) 3:14:18
Jessica Larson (663rd) 3:19:08
Brian Haight (677th) 3:22:31
Elizabeth Haight (678th) 3:22:33
Christopher Bradley (687th) 3:27:47
Jon Vermillion (696th) 3:32:12
Shari Murray (700th) 3:35:56
Sheryl Sato (702nd) 3:36:34
Joan Chochon (703rd) 3:36:34
Christine Niemann (727th) 4:30:31

10K (204 runners)

Zack Harris (17th) 52:13
Brian Hunt (47th) 56:43
Terri Eggers (136th) 1:14:18
Ben Robinett (139th) 1:14:40
John Eggers (157th) 1:19:42
Claire Mietus (163rd) 1:23:16
Brett Mietus (164th) 1:23:16
Everett Winsberg (187th) 1:39:35
Sheila O’Rourke (188th) 1:39:36

5K (174 runners)

Marian Quarrier (14th) 26:56
Jaschon Baumann (20th) 27:43
Betsy Brace (32nd) 29:55
Barbara Baumann (77th) 37:04
Karen Fletcher (149th) 55:02

Want to skim the results of all 1,243 runners? Pop over to:


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"No autographs today!!"

“No autographs today!!” (John Fisken photo)

The Man comes around again.

Less than a year after stepping down as head baseball coach at Coupeville High School, Willie Smith is returning to his old duties.

No, not those duties.

Being a fan again instead of a hardball guru allows Smith to stroll away in the third inning of a game now and take wife Cherie to dinner, and that puts a huge smile on his face.

So, what is he returning to, you ask?

Smith will be reclaiming the title of Athletic Director at CHS, starting with the 2016-2017 school year.

He replaces Duane Baumann, who will let go of the job when he rises to become Principal at the school next year.

Dr. Jim Shank has been operating as both Superintendent for Coupeville Schools and Principal, but will now be able to focus his time and energy more fully on his original job.

Both appointments have been announced internally and are confirmed by multiple sources.

Smith stepped down as the school’s AD in 2009, after a five-year run in the position.

During his time at CHS, he has been a near-constant presence on the sidelines, with 19 seasons as varsity baseball coach, 17 as an assistant football coach and seven as varsity girls’ basketball coach.

His 1999-2000 hoops squad was the first girls team in school history to win a game at state in any sport.

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Duane Baumann

   Current Coupeville High School Athletic Director Duane Baumann (left) talks with Wolf girls’ soccer coach Troy Cowan. (John Fisken photo)

The job postings section on the Coupeville School District web site is a busy place right now.

Two of the four openings offered to external candidates are sports-related, with the high school seeking new assistant coaches for volleyball and track.

But, it’s when you look under the jobs accepting applications from internal candidates that things get really interesting.

The school district has posted the job of Principal for the high school and middle school, and, most importantly for sports fans, the role of Athletic Director.

Both jobs would kick in with the 2016-2017 school year.

Duane Baumann is currently in his second year juggling jobs as AD and Vice Principal, while Dr. Jim Shank has been operating as schools Superintendent, Director of Special Education/Student Services and CHS/CMS Principal.

While nothing has been officially confirmed, it doesn’t take much of a leap on my part to imagine the hard-working Baumann rising to take the Principal position.

The question over who is most likely to replace him as AD is an intriguing one, with several strong candidates currently existing in-house.

The overwhelming favorite has, for now, elected to remain mum publicly on the matter.

All I will say is this, if that person were to get the job, it would be a major win for Wolf coaches, athletes and fans.

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