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By Andrew Christiansen

Mat coach decision on hold


Goldendale High School has a number of changes to their coaching roster for next year. In addition to a new principal, with Clay Henry moving on to Kiona-Benton, the school will have new faces at head coaching positions in football, soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball and wrestling.

The change in wrestling came as a shock to many of the families involved in the program. The school chose to part ways with long-time coach Omar Flores. With Flores went the assistant coach, Matt Dumolt. Both have contributed a great deal to the program that has a history of being underfunded. Henry said Flores’ departure was a personnel matter. Flores couldn’t be reached for comment.

With Flores gone, the new head coach has the right to select an assistant, so Dumolt also was cut loose. He was one of the applicants for the new head coaching job, but wasn’t initially selected. Some speculation was that the school wanted to stick with faculty coaches. Henry says that “all schools want faculty coaches.” But, he concedes, they can’t always find someone who is qualified and interested, so they will go outside for qualified people. Four of the current coaches, Jodi Bellamy (volleyball), Rick Johnson (soccer), Mike Plum (girls’ basketball) and Gina McCabe (dance) are not faculty members.

A large number of wrestling family members attended the school board meeting on May 19, to voice support for Dumolt. It led the board to delay their decision on announcing the new coach. Dumolt says he was disappointed he wasn’t offered the job, but he appreciated the support and says he wants what’s best for the kids. According to Henry, the Board has decided not to go with the committee recommendation and the position remains open.

The new head coaches are Johnson, replacing Jimmy Dick for girls’ soccer, Plum, replacing Jeff Fields for girls’ basketball; Chris Hill, replacing Chris Twohy for football; and Ted Wilkins, replacing Lance DenBoer for boys’ basketball.

DenBoer, who is the athletic director may also be leaving. The school advertised for his position this week in The Sentinel. DenBoer just finished working on his certification to become qualified as a principal, but has not yet been hired elsewhere.


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