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"Rastovski, Taylor step down at Olympic"

"Olympic High School now has two high-profile coaching vacancies.Trojan football coach Dave Rastovski said this week that he has decided not to return to the Silverdale Stadium sideline next year, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Tom Taylor, the Oly baseball coach, also recently resigned.Rastovski said Thursday that the time commitment required of high school football coaches is more than he was willing to give.Each year, I evaluate everything I do at the end of football season, Rastovski said. I evaluate how much time it's going to take to do this correctly. This is the first year that I've decided its gonna take too much time away from everything else I want to do.It doesn't mean that I don't like coaching.In fact, Rastovski hopes to continue coaching at Fairview Junior High. Rastovski has been pulling double duty at Fairview and Oly since he started working in the district in 1997.Prior to coming to Silverdale, Rastovski had coaching experience at Mountain View, Bethel and Fife high schools and an assistant at several colleges. He has served as a head or assistant coach since 1973.At Olympic, Rastovski went 13-14 in three years, advancing to a district playoff game in 1999. His first two Olympic teams were known for their high-flying passing attack, but Rastovski adjusted his system last year to accommodate a strong defense and dangerous running game.He guided the Trojans in their adjustment from the old, four-team Olympic League to the stronger Narrows League during the 1999 season.But the commitment required of a high school head coach - organizing summer football camps, holding weight room sessions in spring and winter, the seven-day-a-week rigors of football season - was finally too much for Rastovski.The competition part, I may miss that a little bit, said Rastovski. But I won't miss Sunday night meetings, I won't miss Saturday film study. I enjoyed it when I did it, but when it became work for me, I knew it was time to get out. Olympic athletic director Robin Campbell said the football coaching position will be posted in-district starting next week, and a large-scale search for Rastovski's replacement will start soon.Campbell himself has replaced Taylor, at least temporarily. Campbell was the Olympic baseball coach from the school's inception until 1997, when Taylor was hired to replace him. Campbell said he has no intention coaching baseball after this season, and that a search for a new baseball coach will begin this summer.Campbell said Taylor was tired of being second-guessed and the kind of pressure that goes with being the head coach.Last summer, coach Taylor had talked with me and said he was considering not coaching again. It just wasn't something he was having fun with anymore, Campbell said.Campbell talked Taylor into remaining at the helm for this season, but agreed to join the Trojans as an assistant coach. On March 22, they simply switched roles.Taylor has remained with the team as third base coach, the position he held before being elevated to head coach. Taylor's teams went 27-16 during his two full seasons at Olympic, with last year's squad winning the Olympic League tournament and advancing to regionals. Campbell originally stepped down as coach for the same reason Rastovski is - the desire to spend more time with his family.Rastovski said he leaves the high school coaching ranks with one final, lasting memory. Washington State University football coach Mike Price, who coached Rastovski at the University of Puget Sound in the early 1970s, was the guest speaker at the Trojans' 1999 football banquet.The last thing I remember is, I was sitting next to coach Price laughing. If that's my final memory, that's great, Rastovski said.To have that as your last feeling of football, it's kind of a good memory. You do the best you can, the wins and losses take care of themselves. The relationships are what last."

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