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Chris Smith’s departure this spring opened up three CHS coaching jobs. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Looking for a job? Maybe the coaching life is for you.

Coupeville schools currently list five open positions on the district web site, with three being varsity high school head coaching gigs.

Wolf Athletic Director Willie Smith needs to tab new leaders for the CHS baseball, boys soccer, and cross country programs, while also hiring a middle school volleyball coach and a boys high school JV basketball coach.

The baseball and JV basketball positions came open when jack of all trades Chris Smith left Whidbey in the spring.

He had also coached high school JV volleyball, though former Wolf player Ashley Menges has been offered that position.

Her hire has not been officially approved by the school board, however, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shut down all athletic contests since February.

The cross country job opened when Wolf coach Luke Samford and his wife, Hayley, moved to Kansas in May.

Erin Locke accepted a new job in Bremerton around the same time period, opening the middle school volleyball job, while the high school soccer coaching position came open thanks to a quirk.

With CHS dropping from 1A to 2B and returning to its old-school stomping grounds, the Northwest 2B/1B League, the Wolves will play boys and girls soccer during the same season.

Kyle Nelson previously led both programs, but decided to step away from the boys job to focus on the girls team.


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Erin Locke is leaving Coupeville Middle School. (Photo courtesy Locke)

Coupeville Middle School is in the market for a new volleyball coach.

Erin Locke has resigned her position as a teacher at the school, and will also let go of her duties as a spiker guru.

Her departure becomes official when approved by the school board at its next meeting, set for Tuesday, May 26.

Locke shared CMS volleyball coaching duties with Sarah Lyngra, and was also an assistant wrestling coach at Oak Harbor High School.

A 2018 graduate of Eastern Washington University, Locke taught PE and English as a Second Language for Coupeville.

She came to CMS with a strong sports background, having been a championship-level wrestler and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor.

Vibrant and outgoing, Locke built a strong fan club among her students, and continued to provide them with leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic school shutdown, posting music-infused exercise videos to social media.

She’s leaving Whidbey to accept a position which moves her closer to family.

“I accepted a position as an ELL teacher in the Bremerton School District and will be moving there in the fall,” Locke said.

“This is one of the hardest things I have ever done, because I love Coupeville and our community so very much, but Bremerton is a few hours closer to my family and someone very special to me. So, very personal draw.

“This has been a hard decision, but I am excited for what’s to come.”


Locke sent out the following video to her students, which she is allowing us to share:


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Erin Locke and other Coupeville Middle School teachers and staff have put together a video for their students.

Staying connected, even while apart.

That’s a big part of the plan for Coupeville Middle School teachers and staff, who crafted this video for their students.

They may be away from each other, as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, but, in the words of Geoff Kappes, “We love you, we miss you, and we can’t wait to see you again at CMS as soon as it’s safe to be there.”


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Coupeville Middle School teacher/coach Erin Locke is helping her students stay busy during the state-wide school shutdown. (Photo courtesy Locke)

Erin Locke can’t work with her students face-to-face right now, but she’s still teaching.

The Coupeville Middle School PE guru and volleyball coach is one of many on the outside looking in as Washington state schools go through at least a six-week shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Locke is still preaching hard work and staying in shape, and she’s jumped to the internet to interact with the world.

So, grab your socks, your music, and get to work.


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Grey Peabody is one of 31 Coupeville Middle School volleyball players ready to kick off the season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

One week until they’re unleashed on the world.

The spike-happy Coupeville Middle School volleyball players, who go 31 deep, open a new season Monday, Sept. 23 on the road in Granite Falls.

Two days later, the spikers make their home debut against King’s, and the 10-match season is well underway.

One change from previous years is the Wolves won’t play as separate 7th and 8th grade squads this time around.

Instead, there will be three teams (Levels 1, 2, and 3), with each team a mix of players from both grades.

CMS coaches Erin Locke and Sarah Lyngra will lead the following players:


7th Grade:

Gabriella Becktell
Taylor Brotemarkle
Kaylee Clark
Mia Farris
Oktober Frost
Bryley Gilbert
Jada Heaton
Katie Marti
Chloe Marzocca
Madison McMillan
Lyla Stuurmans
Bailey Thule
Kassidy Upchurch
Samantha Webb
Savina Wells
Laila Wenzel
Abi Wood


8th Grade:

Brionna Blouin
Jackie Contreras
Emma Garcia
Issabel Johnson
Kaitlyn Leavell
Maryah Love
Ava Mitten
Allison Nastali
Skylar Parker
Grey Peabody
Desi Ramirez
Olivia Schaffeld
Hayley Thomas
Jones Walther

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