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Trojans tab Weymiller as football coach

"Most high school coaches started off as teachers. Pete Weymiller took the opposite tack.The new head football coach at Olympic High School, whose hiring was announced last week, began his career as a volunteer coaching assistant at his alma mater, Federal Way High School.That's what got me into teaching. I got so excited working with the kids, I went back and got certified at the University of Puget Sound.Weymiller, 39, now teaches science at Olympic. He takes over the Trojans' grid program from Dave Rastovski, who resigned earlier this year after a three-year stint that culminated in a trip to the Narrows League playoffs. Rastovski stepped down to spend more time with his family.I believe there are some good life skills that are taught through football, and through any sport, said Weymiller, who also has coached baseball at his previous stops at Bellarmine, Gig Harbor and Sumner. This is his first head football coaching job.I was curious whether I could be successful teaching the same life lessons I learned playing football, Weymiller said.Weymiller said he overcame his lack of size - he was a starting wingback and defensive back at Federal Way and later at Linfield College - to have personal success in football. His message to players is that they can do the same thing, if they have the right attitude.Marginal talent is acceptable, he said. Marginal attitude isn't.I was a 108-pound defensive back in high school, and (at Linfield) I was the smallest player on a 120-man roster, he said. There were always people telling me I was too small.I've sort of been an underdog all my life. I'll never tell a kid he can't do something. I'll try to help them set goals and make plans to achieve those goals.The Trojans were considered overachievers under Rastovski, who adapted his offense to suit the talent on hand. The Trojans were pass-oriented in 1998, when their roster was heavy with offensive skill-position players. Last year, they ascended to the playoffs by leaning on a big-play defense.That's what we're going to have to do this year, wait and see what talent we have and decide what we can do with it, Weymiller said. We lost a lot of seniors, especially at the skill positions.We're going in with our eyes wide open, he continued of the Trojans' second season in the treacherous Narrows League Bridge Division ranks, where they were the third of three playoff qualifiers last year with a 5-4 record before being hammered 47-0 by Capital. We know there are going to be some challenges, and hopefully we've got the commitment to meet those challenges.Weymiller, who is married and has two young children, was one of two candidates who were interviewed for the vacancy, according to Olympic athletic director Robin Campbell. The other was Neal Rosenquist, the head coach at Entiat and a South Kitsap High School graduate.He said there still is work to do to fill his staff, but confirmed that Carlton Cooper would return and serve as offensive coordinator.I've got a lot of confidence in Carlton's knowledge of football, Weymiller said.Weymiller's hiring completes a clean sweep of the area's prep football programs over the last two years. Bremerton and Klahowya got new coaches for the 1999 season in Shawn Perkins and Brad Hamblet, respectively, and Mark Keel replaced Scott Speck at Central Kitsap earlier this spring."

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