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Former CHS hoops star Megan Smith has been selected as the school’s new JV girls basketball coach.

Megan Smith has come all the way back around.

The former Coupeville High School basketball star is returning to the gym of her youth, but this time as a coach.

After two years working with middle school players, Smith has been tabbed as the high school’s new JV girls basketball coach, and will join Scott Fox, who debuts as varsity coach next season.

The duo replace David and Amy King, who retired this winter, and both hires are not official until approved by the school board.

Smith, a 2010 Coupeville grad, was a 12-time letter winner (volleyball, basketball, and softball) and three-time CHS Female Athlete of the Year.

She sits as the #4 scorer in Wolf girls basketball history, having tossed in 1,042 points across her four seasons on the court.

After graduation, Smith played basketball for Peninsula College, where she was joined by former Coupeville teammate Ashley Manker.

When she’s not coaching basketball, Smith is a teacher at the Skagit/Islands Head Start in Mount Vernon.

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Lincoln Kelley is back and rarin’ to coach CHS track and field athletes. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Reunions as far as the eye can see.

Hot on the heels of the news Megan Smith was returning to coach middle school basketball, Coupeville High School Athletic Director Willie Smith announced Friday that Lincoln Kelley is rejoining the Wolf track and field coaching staff.

Kelley, who previously worked with Coupeville’s throwers before taking a day job in Oak Harbor, takes the paid position previously held by Chad Felgar.

Felgar will still be around, but wanted to step back and be a volunteer as he balances his teaching job, coaching and family life.

The hire of Kelley won’t be official until the Coupeville School Board approves it at their next meeting.

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Greg White, here with his family, has been hired as a Coupeville Middle School boys basketball coach. (Photo courtesy White)

One by one, the giants of Wolf basketball are returning to the gyms of their youth.

In recent seasons, former Coupeville High School hoops stars such as Ashley Ellsworth-Bagby, Brad ShermanMegan Smith and Brittany Black have picked up clipboards and moved into working with the current generation of basketball players.

Now, you can add Greg White to that list.

The Class of 1998 grad has been hired as a boys basketball coach at Coupeville Middle School, and will start his first season when practice begins Oct. 22.

He still needs the OK from the Coupeville School Board when it meets at the end of the month, but hey, if they mess with a Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer, the editorials will never stop, so I think we’re safe on this one.

White will coach the 7th grade CMS squad, joining Dante Mitchell, who is returning for a second season and will helm the 8th grade team.

One of the most accomplished athletes in Cow Town history, the long ‘n lanky White was a star on the football gridiron, the basketball hardwood and the baseball diamond.

He still stands as the 29th highest scorer in the 101-year history of CHS boys basketball, having recorded 604 points during his time in a Wolf uniform.

After his playing days, White has transitioned into coaching.

In recent years, he has been at the forefront of local SWISH basketball programs, running successful teams and helping build a new generation of stars to follow in the footsteps of players such as himself and Sherman.

He’s also been a key player on Red Pride basketball teams which have scorched the field in the Tom Roehl Roundball Classic, and helped carry the load in a recent Coupeville Schools fundraiser in which he and his teammates completed a circumnavigation of Whidbey Island.

As he counts down the days until the first CMS practice, White is rarin’ to get on the court and get going.

“I think we have a great group of kids coming up,” he said. “And I’m excited to be involved in the program.”

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   CJ Smith, who pitched Coupeville to a baseball league title in 2016, is returning as a coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Two years after he pitched the Coupeville High School baseball team to an Olympic League title, CJ Smith is returning to the Wolf dugout, but this time as a coach.

He joins a staff headed up by his dad, CHS head baseball coach Chris Smith.

Completing the trio, CJ’s younger brother, Hunter, is a senior and the staff ace.

The hire of the younger Smith is not official until the school board approves it at its next meeting.

After his family moved to Coupeville midway through his sophomore year, CJ Smith became an immediate three-sport star for the Wolves, playing football, basketball and baseball.

Providing a template for Hunter and lil’ sis Scout, the oldest child of Chris and Charlotte combined talent with a laser focus.

While his skills were impeccable, it was his serene nature which always caught people’s eye first.

The rare pitcher who projected utter calm every time he took the mound, it was virtually impossible to tell if CJ had a 10-run lead or was trailing by 10.

Well, check that, cause he never trailed by 10…

But you get the point.

CJ’s biggest moment in a Wolf uniform came April 29, 2016, when Smith, a senior at the time, took the ball and whiffed 10 Port Townsend hitters in five innings in a 10-0 home win.

The victory clinched Coupeville’s first league title in baseball since 1991.

As CJ pulls the uniform back on, a flashback to prairie history:


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Highly-respected coach Mark Hodson is returning to lead South Whidbey's gridiron program after a three-year absence. (Photo poached from Hodson's Facebook)

   Highly-respected coach Mark Hodson is returning to lead South Whidbey’s gridiron program after a three-year absence.

South Whidbey football is returning to its roots as it rebuilds.

Former head coach Mark Hodson, who helped lead the Falcons for more than a decade, will be back at the helm next season.

He replaces Michael Coe, who resigned after posting a 1-18 mark in two years at SWHS.

Hodson will be the third head coach in four seasons, as former college coach Chris Tormey, who preceded Coe, only hung around for one 2-8 season before heading to the Canadian Football League.

South Whidbey, which hosts Coupeville in its season opener Sept. 1, has been a program in turmoil recently.

The Falcons went as low as 14 active varsity players at times last season, which forced it to be the first in a line of teams that forfeited to eventual 2A state champ Archbishop Thomas Murphy.

SWHS has now taken an indefinite leave of absence from the 1A/2A Cascade Conference and will play an independent schedule in 2017.

Hodson, who was the league’s coach of the year in 2007, helped lead the Falcon program for 14 seasons before resigning in 2014.

Some of that time involved working with Andy Davis as a co-coach.

The quick turnover in the last three years has been unusual for South Whidbey.

Prior to Hodson taking the Falcon job in 2001, SWHS had gotten a 19-year run from Mick Heggenes and a 30-year stint from coaching legend Jim Leirer.

Hodson played high school football at King’s, then went on to be a member of the 1987 Pacific Lutheran University squad which won a national championship.

He coached at several colleges before settling in as a teacher and coach in Langley.

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