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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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Alison Perera

There’s a full lineup again.

Coupeville School Board directors chose Alison Perera Thursday to replace longtime board member Glenda Merwine, who recently resigned due to health concerns.

The seat is one of two on the five-member board which are up for election in 2023.

Perera was chosen from a field of six candidates who interviewed for the position.

Mark Conway Valencia, David Ford, Jennifer Marzocca, Chic Merwine, and Gregory Thomas also vied to fill the opening.

Ward Sparacio was originally to be part of that group but withdrew from consideration before his interview.

Perera, a mother of school age children, has been actively involved in the school district for several years.

She has worked with the PTA, Coupeville Farm to School, and the Robotics Club, and has been a member of both the Strategic Planning Committee and the Instructional Materials Committee.

Current board members include Nancy Conard, Sherry Phay, Christine Sears, and Morgan White, with Sears spot the other one set to go to the voters next year.

In addition to adding a new board member Thursday, the directors elected a President and Vice President for the year ahead.

Sears will remain as President, with White as Vice President, inheriting a position previously held by Glenda Merwine.

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The final two applicants for an open position on the Coupeville School Board have been made public, with the release of the agenda for the Dec. 15 meeting.

Alison Perera and Ward Sparacio will be interviewed by board members that night, coming on the heels of five applicants having finished the process at Thursday’s workshop meeting.

The board interviewed Mark Conway Valencia, David Ford, Chic Merwine, Gregory Thomas, and Jennifer Marzocca.

While the identity of those five was made public before the Dec. 8 meeting, district officials declined to reveal the other two names at the same time.

After the board completes its final two interviews, it will go into executive session to evaluate the candidates, before returning to publicly vote.

The person chosen replaces Glenda Merwine, who resigned due to health concerns. The position goes up for election in 2023.

Of the seven candidates, none have previously served on the Coupeville School Board.

Sparacio ran for a different open position in 2021, losing that race to current board member Morgan White.

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No more endless bus rides to Forks for Kyle Nelson. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

After 15 seasons, two teams, an estimated 100+ bus rides, not to mention a few ferry trips, Kyle Nelson has reached his limit.

The Coupeville High School girls’ soccer coach is stepping down from the position, following on the heels of the recent announcement Wolf cross country guru Paige Spangler is moving to the East Coast.

Nelson is not planning to leave town, or his job as a CHS teacher, but the father of former Wolf booters Loren and William decided this was a good time to step away from his pitch duties.

After stepping in to cover for current Coupeville boys’ soccer coach Robert Wood at a three-team tiebreaker Saturday in Oak Harbor, he pondered the upcoming change.

“My wife would like to see more of me,” Nelson said. “I’ll still show up at some games and make that transition to just being a fan.

“If every game was played in 65-degree weather, and all the road trips didn’t go any further than Oak Harbor, maybe I’d hang on,” he added with a smile.

“But that’s not going to happen, so…”

Nelson, who previously coached swim in Seattle, joined the Coupeville boys soccer program as an assistant to Paul Mendes, serving two seasons in that capacity.

When the former Seattle Sounder retired, his right-hand man inherited the head coaching job, later making it a two-fer when he also took over the Wolf girls’ program.

Nelson led both programs until Coupeville moved from 1A to 2B, where boys’ and girls’ soccer play in the same season.

In all, he coached nine seasons with the CHS boys, seven as head coach, and six with the girls.

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Glenda Merwine

Coupeville students are losing a tireless advocate.

Glenda Merwine, who has been on the school board since 2013, is leaving a year before her term ends.

Her resignation was tendered at Monday’s board meeting and is effective Dec. 1.

Merwine’s replacement, when named, will serve out her term, with the position up for election in 2023.

Initially appointed to replace the departing Carol Bishop in Jan. 2013, Merwine formerly served as the Coupeville Elementary School principal and the district’s Director of Student Learning.

A leadership coach for the Association of Washington School Principals, she also supervises student teachers for Seattle Pacific University and the University of Phoenix.

Merwine is the board’s current Vice President.

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