Hazen hires new football coach

May 1, 2014

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Hazen High School hopes to capture some of the Bothell football team’s “Blue-Train” magic with the hire of its new football coach.

David Kilpatrick-White will lead the Highlanders, after spending the past three years on the coaching staff at Bothell High School.

He replaces outgoing coach Drew Oliver, who announced at the end of February that he would leave to take the helm at his alma mater, Newport High School.

“Thanks to the hard work of coach Oliver and the dedicated staff at Hazen High School and the amazing kids, the Highlanders are on a solid foundation,” Kilpatrick-White said in a news release. “We are very excited to get to the work of becoming great under way.”

Kilpatrick-White inherits a team that went 4-2 in league last year and 5-4 overall. He has some returning talent to work with, led by star defensive back Marquise Lee, and all-league performers center Parker Trewett and quarterback Nolan Hoover.

Hazen’s new coach worked with the freshman wide receivers at Bothell, his alma mater. He graduated from the school in 2003 and played for longtime coach Tom Bainter all three years.

Before his time on the staff at Bothell, Kilpatrick-White spent two years at Ballard High School, where he was the varsity quarterback and defensive back coach.

After Oliver took over the program in 2009, Hazen returned to the state playoffs during the 2011 season for the first time since 1993. Ed Crow, Hazen assistant principal and athletic director, said Kilpatrick-White is eager to build on Oliver’s progress.

“Coach Kilpatrick-White is an excellent fit for Hazen,” he said in the news release. “His desire for his team to exhibit excellence both on the field and in the classroom is exactly what we are looking for in a head coach in all of our sports.

“He understands and embraces that his role is to be a teacher of both the game itself but more importantly be a teacher of each young man in the program. We believe he’ll be an innovator on the field and motivator of our student athletes.”

 

 

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