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Former D1 scholarship athlete Kwamane Bowens is part of an all-new Coupeville High School football coaching staff. (Photo courtesy Bowens)

It’s a whole new group on the sideline.

Coupeville High School football has made a major transition this year, hiring Marcus Carr as its head coach, and now bringing in five new assistants.

The hiring of Nathan Bellamy, Tyson Boon, Robert Carr and Kwamane Bowens was officially approved by the school board at its July 30 meeting.

Bennett Richter, a volunteer assistant coach, rounds out the staff.

With the start of a new season just a week away (Washington state teams can start practicing Aug. 15), the group is rarin’ to get going.

Marcus Carr replaces Jon Atkins, who stepped down after two seasons, and is Coupeville’s fifth head coach in nine years.

Prior to that, Ron Bagby coached the Wolves for 26 years.

Coupeville’s new head coach went 13-6 in two seasons at Concrete, winning a Northwest League title last fall, and is looking to bring that same success to CHS, which hasn’t finished above .500 since 2005.

To help him build the Wolf program, Marcus Carr recruited men with long-term playing and coaching experience, much of it here on Whidbey Island.

Among the new Wolf assistant coaches are a former D1 scholarship athlete and several guys who played for the 2006 Oak Harbor High School football squad which won a 4A state title.

A primer on the new assistant coaches, with commentary by Marcus Carr:

 

Nathan Bellamy (Defensive Coordinator):

Lived on the Island for 23 years, has 13 years of coaching experience. Huge fan of Buddy Ryan.

Passionate about helping the youth in our community.

Blessed to be in the position to help rebuild the Coupeville football program and bring back a standard of excellence.

 

Tyson Boon (Offensive Line):

Oak Harbor graduate 2006, where he was the varsity center.

He has played semi-pro football for the Bellingham Bulldogs.

He coaches because he wants the kids to understand that what we do is bigger than football.

When kids graduate he wants them to leave with more than just football skills. He wants them to have gained a better sense of self worth.

There are many life lessons that are taught playing football.

 

Kwamane Bowens (Receivers/Defensive backs):

23 years old. Played D1 football at Hawaii and Texas State.

He ran track as a youth for Coupeville Middle School.

Coach Bowens is ready to help the athletes succeed and to bring the football program to prominence.

 

Bobby Carr (Running back/Linebackers):

29 years old, played 13 seasons of football; WIAA state champ in ’06 with Oak Harbor.

Coached six seasons of youth football in Oak Harbor. Professional painter. 

 

Bennett Richter (Running backs/Linebackers):

Graduated from Oak Harbor 2009 and was a member of the ’06 Oak Harbor state champs.

Has been coaching youth sports for the last several years.

He looks to bring energy and teach solid football fundamentals and techniques while instilling a love and passion for the game.

Wants the players to know they are part of something bigger than themselves – a sense of community, and the idea that they are learning far more than just the principles of football, but of life.

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Chris Smith fires up his squad during baseball season. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

Wolf fans will be seeing a lot of Chris Smith this year.

After making the jump to varsity coach with the Coupeville High School baseball team last spring, he has picked up two new gigs this off-season.

First came the boys basketball JV job, where he will assist new varsity coach Brad Sherman.

And now he’s stepping in as JV volleyball coach, joining second-year varsity coach Cory Whitmore’s staff.

Smith replaces Kristin Bridges, who left the job to welcome her new son.

CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed the job offer, which should be officially approved at the next school board meeting.

“I’m extremely grateful to Chris and his willingness to step up when our program needed it,” Cory Whitmore said. “He also brings a ton of experience as a coach and a role model.

“He sure will be busy this year!”

A father of three star CHS three-sport athletes (2016 grad CJ, senior Hunter and sophomore Scout), Chris Smith is a 1989 graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia.

He holds a BA in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy from Western Washington University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University.

Chris Smith also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993.

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   CHS head baseball coach Chris Smith is taking on a second job at the school, as boys basketball JV coach. (Sylvia Hurlburt photo)

Chris Smith is going to pull double duty.

The popular Coupeville High School head baseball coach has been offered the assistant boys basketball job at the school, Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Sunday night.

The hire is not official until approved by the school board at its June 26 meeting.

As the new JV hoops guru, Chris Smith joins Brad Sherman, who was recently hired as the program’s head coach.

After working as a baseball assistant, Smith moved into the head coaching position early this spring when Marc Aparicio resigned.

He guided the Wolf hardball squad to a 7-6 mark, going a crisp 6-2 in Olympic League play.

A father of three star CHS three-sport athletes (2016 grad CJ, senior-to-be Hunter and sophomore-to-be Scout), Smith is a 1989 graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia.

He holds a BA in Exercise Science/Physical Therapy from Western Washington University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University.

Smith also served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-1993.

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   Brad Sherman, here playing in the Roehl Roundball Classic, will be the new CHS boys basketball head coach. (John Fisken photo)

The Three-Ball King is coming back to the gym.

Barring a last second snafu, legendary former Coupeville High School athlete Brad Sherman will be the new boys basketball head coach at his alma mater.

The recommendation to hire him for the position was slipped on to the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting at the last second, buried under a bunch of other hires (soccer, cheer, football) which were already public knowledge.

Sherman, who graduated in 2003, is currently an assistant coach with the Wolf football and track programs.

During his days as a high school athlete, he set football QB records which still stand, and was a standout on the hardwood as well.

He jointly held the single-game record for three-pointers made in one game, with six, until this past season, when senior Gabe Wynn hit seven against Port Townsend.

Sherman inherits a team which will return many of its key players, including leading scorer Hunter Smith.

For more background on the quiet legend, take a look at a “Where Are They Now?” feature I wrote awhile back:

https://coupevillesports.com/2013/10/07/ten-years-later-the-legend-of-brad-sherman-still-looms-large/

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Kevin McGranahan, seen here coaching daughter Katrina in little league play, was tabbed as the new CHS head softball coach. (John Fisken photo)

   Kevin McGranahan, seen here coaching daughter Katrina in little league play, was tabbed as the new CHS head softball coach. (John Fisken photo)

They’re getting the old gang back together.

Highly successful juniors softball coach Kevin McGranahan is being reunited with his former Central Whidbey Little League players, after being tabbed as the new head coach for Coupeville High School.

The move was confirmed Tuesday by CHS Athletic Director Duane Baumann.

McGranahan replaces Deanna Rafferty, who resigned after one year at the helm of the Wolf program.

Rafferty went 7-12 and took her squad to the district playoffs last season.

She replaced David and Amy King, who stepped down in 2014, after taking Coupeville to its first trip to state in 12 years.

The duo have remained as CHS girls’ basketball coaches, but needed more time to focus on their real-life jobs.

McGranahan will inherit a squad which contains almost all of his players from his 2014 Venom squad, which went undefeated, ten-running every regular season foe en route to advancing to state.

That includes current sophomores like Katrina McGranahan, Hope Lodell and Lauren Rose, who all starred for the Wolves as freshmen, as well as big-hitting ninth graders Sarah Wright and Veronica Crownover.

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