End of Waymiller era is no surprise at Olympic

It wasn’t an easy decision, but when Pete Weymiller officially stepped down as head football coach at Olympic High on Nov. 7, it didn’t surprise a lot of people.

Weymiller cited family reasons as his primary reason for resigning, but there was more to it than that.

“The administration knew that there was a chance they would need to find a replacement at the end of the season,” said Weymiller, who was 5-13 in his two years with the Trojans, including a 3-6 record (1-6 Narrows League Bridge Division) this season.

“They knew that early on in the summer, maybe late spring. It’s not a big surprise for them.”

Weymiller had expressed unhappiness with the school district’s commitment to co-curricular activities. He even appeared before the school board at one point, outlining a number of concerns.

“I don’t want to draw a lot of attention to myself,” said Weymiller, who will continue as a biology instructor at the school. “It’s no secret that I’m on record as saying a lot of things can be improved there to help the school become more competitive.”

“This has nothing to do with the kids,” Weymiller said of his decision. “We had some great kids, some great parents. I’ve had a fun ride. Now it’s time to commit to my family and the kids in the classroom.”

Weymiller’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife, Kathy, and sons Alex, 7, and Ben, 5.

“My wife has been carrying the ball,” he said. “Now it’s my turn.”

Weymiller assisted previously at Sumner, Bellarmine, Gig Harbor and Federal Way before taking a job at Olympic as an assistant under Dave Rastovsky in 1997. Rastovsky, who still teaches in the district, stepped down at Olympic after three seasons.

If presented another opportunity to be a head coach, Weymiller said he’d definitely consider it.

“Coaches always say, ‘Never hang your curtains,’” he said. “If a good thing comes along, you look at it.

“I’ve still got the coaching spirit. I miss it already. I want to get into a situation sometime that’s special to kids. I’m not saying ours wasn’t. I think (athletic director) Rob (Polk) and the building people did about as much as the district would allow them to do.”

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