Stanwood High School has found its next head football coach.
Doug Trainor, who spent the past seven seasons as the head coach at Bellingham High School, is taking over the Spartans job, according to Stanwood athletic director Tom Wilfong.
“We’re pretty excited,” Wilfong said of the hire of Trainor, who he coached with as assistants under Tom Boehme at Stanwood in the early 1990s. “It’s a great hire for us to get a coach who’s been successful and is energetic and has rebuilt two different programs.”
Before taking over Bellingham in 2005, Trainor was the head coach at Ballard. A big reason Trainor wanted to take on the Stanwood job had to do with where he lives.
“In all honesty, I’ve had my eye on the Stanwood job for quite a while now,” Trainor told the Bellingham newspaper. “I was close about three years ago when it was open, but I decided to pull out at the last second because we hadn’t accomplished everything we wanted to at Bellingham. I kind of crossed my fingers and hoped that it would come open again, and it did this year.”
Trainor lives in Conway in southern Skagit County and his daughter attends elementary school in the Stanwood-Camano School District.
Wilfong said he was looking at 6-7 applicants but only two, Trainor and another applicant, fit his criteria, which included a history of being a head coach.
“We wanted a head coach with experience turning programs around,” Wilfong said.
Trainor replaces Aaron Cupp, who resigned in January after three seasons as Stanwood’s head coach. The Spartans posted a 2-8 record last fall.
In his seven seasons at Bellingham, Trainor posted a 27-44 record. The Red Raiders were 2-8 this past season.
Stanwood is in its final season as a member of the Class 4A Wesco North. Next fall, the Spartans drop to the 3A level and join the revamped Wesco 3A. They will be members of the Wesco 3A North along with Everett, Marysville Pilchuck, Marysville Getchell and Oak Harbor.