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Football: Is Butch Goncharoff leaving Bellevue? (UPDATE)

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Feb. 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm with No Comments »
February 14, 2012 3:55 pm

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. Tuesday): Bellevue High football coach Butch Goncharoff has submitted an application for the head football coaching vacancy at Orange Lutheran High in California, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Eric Sondheimer.

Orange Lutheran has received more than 50 applicants for the position, so it’s not a sure thing that Goncharoff will get the job. But I’d expect he’d get serious consideration. What he’s done at Bellevue is remarkable — nine state titles in 11 years — and ending De La Salle’s 151-game winning streak is a major boost to his credibility in California.

I’m not sure what else there is for Goncharoff to achieve in Washington. He’s won nine state titles and turned Bellevue into a nationally-known program. Bellevue is so well-regarded that it’s possible that Euless Trinity, one of the top programs in Texas, will travel to Seattle next season.

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The Los Angeles Times speculates that Bellevue High football coach Butch Goncharoff might be interested in accepting a head coaching position at a Southern California high school.

Times reporter Eric Sondheimer wrote that a friend of Goncharoff said the Bellevue coach is interested in the opening at Orange Lutheran. Former coach Jim Kunau was fired recently after a 19-year run at the school and the Orange County Register reported that the school has received more than 50 applications.

Goncharoff took over at Bellevue in 2000 and has guided the Wolverines to nine Class 3A state titles, including a fourth straight crown when his team captured the 2011 championship.

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