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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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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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Casie Greve has stepped down as CMS 8th grade volleyball coach. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Casie Greve is leaving the gym, but not the school.

The popular Coupeville Middle School volleyball coach has stepped down after four seasons in the program.

Greve, who is an English teacher at CMS, is remaining at the school.

“She’s (just) moving into a different phase and she won’t have time to coach right now,” said Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith.

After stepping in as the 7th grade coach in 2015, Greve eventually moved up to coach the 8th grade team in recent years.

Her squads were always competitive, and her coaching laid the groundwork as Wolf players prepared to make the transition to the high school program.

Plus, she always responded to emails and was quick to deliver info, even when it probably seemed like I was nagging.

On the bench or in the classroom, Greve has always been first-rate, and we here at Coupeville Sports thank her and wish her the best.

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CHS cheer coach Emily Stevens is resigning to spend more time with family. (Photo courtesy Stevens)

Coupeville High School is on the search for a new cheer coach.

Emily Stevens, who returned in 2017 to run the Wolf program that she was once part of as a cheerleader, is leaving to spend more time with family.

Acceptance of her resignation is on the agenda for next Monday’s school board meeting.

Stevens departure follows that of her assistant coach, Amanda Jones, another Wolf cheer alumni who also recently stepped down to devote more time to family.

With a new season right around the bend, and CHS cheerleaders holding summer practices, school officials will likely need to move quickly to find a replacement.

The decision to step down was not an easy one for Stevens, but one she felt she needed to make as she juggles work, family and being a mother to a young, fun-loving son.

“I’m pretty upset about it; there were a lot of things I wanted to do this season and in the future,” she said. “But the team deserves someone that can give 100% of themselves.”

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   Coupeville High School baseball coach Marc Aparicio resigned effective Thursday. (John Fisken photo)

Coaching changes continue at Coupeville High School.

Wolf varsity baseball coach Marc Aparicio has resigned his post, effective immediately, after accepting a new Department of Defense job.

The position requires travel and enough time away from home, especially during baseball season, that it presented substantial scheduling problems.

Aparicio, who also runs the Penn Cove Taproom with brother Mitch, said he greatly enjoyed his time as a coach, but needed to make the decision that was best for his family.

Baseball joins boys basketball, cheer and girls soccer as the fourth CHS program to have a coaching change this school year.

JV coach Chris Smith has been promoted to head coach and will debut in the post Friday against Port Townsend.

He’ll be aided by longtime Wolf assistant coach Mike Etzell, as well as volunteers Aaron Lucero, Josh Welshans and Steve Hilborn.

Aparicio finished 14-15 in a little under a season-and-a-half of helming his alma mater’s hardball program.

The Wolves went 10-12 last season, going 7-2 in Olympic League play to capture the program’s first league title in 25 years.

CHS is 4-3 overall, 0-1 in league play, this year.

Coupeville High School issued the following press release:

Effective on Thursday, Mar. 30th, Marc Aparicio will be stepping down as Head Baseball Coach due to job re-location.

It is difficult being a head coach and not employed by the school district and as Marc’s job situation became such that it would require him to miss time with the baseball program, he made the difficult decision to resign and have his assistants continue coaching, making the transition as seamless and least impactful as possible.

I completely understand and support Marc in his decision as he needs to take care of himself and his family and fully appreciate the difficulty in the decision he had to make.

I’d like to thank Marc and appreciate his time and effort that he made while Head Coach here in Coupeville and wish him nothing but the best.

Willie Smith
Athletic Director

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