New coach looks to lead Highlanders to victory

September 3, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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By Tim Pfarr
Hazen High School’s varsity football team has seen a major change of leadership. Former head coach Scott Leick has taken a job coaching Tyee Senior High School’s football team, and Drew Oliver, former Newport High School assistant coach, took over for the Highlanders.
However, the change in leadership is arguably the only major change to Hazen’s team, as many of its varsity players are returning for the 2009 season.
“I think the amount of varsity experience we have would be a strength for us,” Oliver said. “In the past, there were a lot of young guys playing varsity, and so now those young guys have grown up.”
Oliver said the team’s slogan this year is “raise the bar.”
“Our emphasis all summer has been accountability to our teammates,” he said. “We should be able to make the playoffs. That’s our goal.”
In 2008, the team finished with a 4-6 record, finishing fifth in the Seamount conference with a 4-4 conference record. The team looks to improve this year.
“We’re a quick team,” senior tight end/linebacker Tyler Searles said. “We’re not the biggest team out there, but we’ve got speed and we’re conditioned.”
The team’s key players this year include senior running back/defensive back James Holland (6-foot-1, 195 pounds), Tyler Searles (6-3), junior quarterback/defensive back Travis Johnson (5-10, 170), senior wide receiver/defensive back Anthony Pina (5-10, 170), junior offensive lineman/linebacker Jordan Bumgarner (6-1, 200), senior offensive lineman/defensive end Jordan Hjelmaa (6-0, 180) and senior wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Snow (5-10, 155).
Before coming to Hazen, Oliver spent seven years in various coaching positions at Newport High School. His final position at Newport was an assistant coaching position in which he coached linebackers on the varsity team.
Oliver attended Newport High School and was a linebacker on its football team while he attended the school in the mid-1990s. After graduating in 1997, he attended Western Washington University before transferring to Washington State University.
He was a football team walk-on at WSU, but he only played in a number of practices and no games, as he said there was no room on the team for a walk-on in his third year of college.
Two of Hazen’s biggest games this year are against Renton on Sept. 25 and against Lindbergh on Oct. 2. Both are home games.
The Highlanders will begin their season Sept. 4 at Evergreen High School in Seattle. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Drew Oliver, the new Hazen High School head football coach, works with players during a preseason practice.  By Greg Farrar

Drew Oliver, the new Hazen High School head football coach, works with players during a preseason practice. By Greg Farrar

Hazen High School’s varsity football team has seen a major change of leadership. Former head coach Scott Leick has taken a job coaching Tyee Senior High School’s football team, and Drew Oliver, former Newport High School assistant coach, took over for the Highlanders.However, the change in leadership is arguably the only major change to Hazen’s team, as many of its varsity players are returning for the 2009 season.

“I think the amount of varsity experience we have would be a strength for us,” Oliver said. “In the past, there were a lot of young guys playing varsity, and so now those young guys have grown up.”

Oliver said the team’s slogan this year is “raise the bar.”

“Our emphasis all summer has been accountability to our teammates,” he said. “We should be able to make the playoffs. That’s our goal.”

In 2008, the team finished with a 4-6 record, finishing fifth in the Seamount conference with a 4-4 conference record. The team looks to improve this year.

“We’re a quick team,” senior tight end/linebacker Tyler Searles said. “We’re not the biggest team out there, but we’ve got speed and we’re conditioned.”

The team’s key players this year include senior running back/defensive back James Holland (6-foot-1, 195 pounds), Tyler Searles (6-3), junior quarterback/defensive back Travis Johnson (5-10, 170), senior wide receiver/defensive back Anthony Pina (5-10, 170), junior offensive lineman/linebacker Jordan Bumgarner (6-1, 200), senior offensive lineman/defensive end Jordan Hjelmaa (6-0, 180) and senior wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Snow (5-10, 155).

Before coming to Hazen, Oliver spent seven years in various coaching positions at Newport High School. His final position at Newport was an assistant coaching position in which he coached linebackers on the varsity team.

Oliver attended Newport High School and was a linebacker on its football team while he attended the school in the mid-1990s. After graduating in 1997, he attended Western Washington University before transferring to Washington State University.

He was a football team walk-on at WSU, but he only played in a number of practices and no games, as he said there was no room on the team for a walk-on in his third year of college.

Two of Hazen’s biggest games this year are against Renton on Sept. 25 and against Lindbergh on Oct. 2. Both are home games.

The Highlanders will begin their season Sept. 4 at Evergreen High School in Seattle. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Hazen High School

Date Opponent

Sept. 4 At Evergreen

Sept. 10 At Highline

Sept. 17 Foster

Sept. 25 Renton

Oct. 2 Lindbergh

Oct. 9 At Liberty

Oct. 16 At Mount Rainier

Oct. 22 Kennedy

Oct. 29 At Tyee

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