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Football: Beamer hires Darren McKay as head football coach

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on June 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm with 3 Comments »
June 27, 2012 8:19 pm

Less than a week after Beamer High opened up a search for a football head coach, the hunt is over.

The Titans filled the vacancy with a big-name hire, choosing former Gig Harbor High coach Darren McKay.

“I’m excited and happy,” McKay said. “Unless something opened up late I expected to be teaching at Gig Harbor next year and taking the year off from coaching.”

McKay marveled at the speed of the interview process.

“It moved incredibly fast,” he said

McKay said he first heard about the opening at Beamer last Thursday evening when a friend phoned him about the Titans gig. The next day, Peterson called McKay and asked if he’d be interested. McKay listened and spent the weekend thinking about the job and on Monday he visited the school, meeting Peterson and others.

He was asked to return for a formal interview and did at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. After the interview, McKay drove to Eastern Washington University where his son Carter was attending football camp.

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Peterson called McKay and offered him the position and McKay accepted.

“We’re excited to have Darren join the Beamer community and direct our football program,” Peterson said.

The Beamer job became available when former coach David Sundheim, who was with the Titans for three seasons, resigned last Thursday and took a coaching position closer to family in North Carolina.

Beamer went 2-8 last season, one year after reaching the postseason for the first time in school history.

McKay’s 12 seasons with the Tides ended in April when his contract was not renewed after McKay fought the Peninsula School District’s decision to place him on an improvement plan last winter that he considered unfair and unnecessary.

McKay has hired an attorney and plans to file a lawsuit against the school district regarding the non-renewal of his coaching contract, he said. High school coaches of all sports typically have one-year contracts.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. BigSwingingRichard says:

    “McKay fought the Peninsula School District’s decision to place him on an improvement plan”

    It’s too bad McKay didn’t work in the Tacoma School District, because if he had, he’d been able to do a self-assessment and then name himself the new superintendent.

  2. bgbrother says:

    Wow Beamer sure got lucky. They will be in the play offs and have one of the best college prep football programs in the state in short order.
    I hope Gig Harbor realizes their school board and Superintendents with their Draconian supervision style are leading way beyond their capacity to lead. Their decisions over this past two years have divided and upset a wonderful community. My advise to you Gig harbor is to either remove this severely inept group or run.

  3. Beamer should have looked into Dominic Yarrington as a Head Coach for the Beamer Football program,He did a good job at White river and Lindbergh at getting the most out of his talent and getting his teams to the state play-offs to have not be considered for the job.

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