Steve Valach nominated for community leadership award

August 30, 2013

By Imelda Dulcich

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Steve Valach has been the head coach of the Liberty High School football program for 15 years.

Named KingCo 3A Coach of the year multiple times, Valach led four teams to playoff appearances — 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009, the Liberty football team placed second in state, the same year Valach was named the Seahawks Coach of the Year.

But for as much winning as Steve Valach does on the field, the Liberty community recognizes that Valach offers so much more. He is a leader whose passion and dedication create an extraordinary community. When not coaching football, Valach also teaches English at Liberty.

Valach’s accomplishments as a coach are not measured only by the scoreboard, but are more clearly seen in the integrity displayed by his teams in victory and defeat. Valach focuses on team accomplishment and the importance of each individual effort on the whole. Valach has established a football program built not only to win football games, but also to teach young men to be excellent in all areas of their lives.

Valach teaches that water does not boil at 211 degrees but does at 212. That one degree of effort makes the difference. It is Valach’s determination that his program produces young men who use the lessons of football to create a life direction and focus that goes far beyond the field or the locker room.

Always a joy to see at football games are the special-needs students who are part of the Liberty team. Valach welcomes the students as part of the Liberty football team, integrating them with his own team of coaches and allowing the students to be an important part of the community.

Valach creates lasting bonds that extend beyond the boys on the team and their families. He is a leader within the community.

Whenever Valach receives an award, he is quick to mention his fellow coaches, the athletes on the team and the community as part of his success. But, those who know him realize that there really wouldn’t be the same kind of team or community without Valach and his dedication.

Learn more about the Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Diamond Awards, and nominate someone you know who makes a difference in the community at



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