Who wore it better?

The rivalry between Snohomish and Glacier Peak is so fierce it’s extended to the wardrobe choices of the two high schools’ football coaches.

In particular, their choice of headwear.

With head coaches Rory Rosenbach and Kai Smalley, two longtime friends who used to coach together, both sporting a large hat on their heads it’s only fair to ask, who wears it better?

“It’s the floppy gardening hat. It’s ridiculous,” Rosenbach said of Smalley’s choice. “I told him he needs to get rid of that.”

“I don’t think he has much room to talk about fashion to begin with,” said Smalley, the first-year coach at Snohomish. “His hat is probably in better shape than mine, but I still make it look better.”

Smalley was featured in a story in The Herald last week, where a picture of him – wearing his hat – was prominently displayed.

Rosenbach saw the story.

“He called me immediately after the picture came out and wanted to know why I was still wearing that hat,” Smalley said.

The duo both wore hats when Rosenbach came out to Park City, Utah – where Smalley used to coach – to help his friend with a football clinic. Smalley later took off his hat that day, because he didn’t want it to seem like the two coaches – who were also wearing the same shirt – had coordinated their wardrobes.

Smalley said Rosenbach still remains focused on his hat.

“He definitely is obsessed with the hat thing,” Smalley said.

When asked about the Snohomish-Glacier Peak rivalry, the first thing that came to mind for Rosenbach was his friend’s hat.

“I’ll be excited if he wears his gardening hat on Friday night,” Rosenbach said with a big smile. “That’s what I’m hoping he does. That’s a nice hat.”

When an assistant coach pointed out that Rosenbach had a similar hat to Smalley’s, the Glacier Peak head coach quickly shot that down.

“Mine’s more sturdy,” Rosenbach said. “His flops in the wind.”

Rosenbach then went on to compare the hat to something his mother might wear. Smalley wasn’t surprised at the comparison.

“He looks up to me a lot and probably thinks of me as a parent,” Smalley said.

For Smalley, the hat serves a more practical purpose than just fashionable headwear.

“My hat is pretty floppy but I’m also a redhead so I burn easily,” Smalley said. “I have to wear something. I’m out there more focused on the football practice than about how I look.”

Rosenbach said that regardless of who wears what hat, the battle of crosstown rivals should be a lot of fun to be a part of. He’s looking forward to welcoming Smalley to Snohomish with an exciting game that all can enjoy when the Grizzlies take on Snohomish on Sept. 13.

“That game in general is fun,” Rosenbach said. “It’s Snohomish-GP. That crowd is as good of crowd as I’ve seen in that stadium in 20 years and I anticipate it’ll be just the same. Having coached with him, it’ll be fun to see him on the other side of the field.

“Preferably, with the hat.”

More in Sports

U.S. women stun Canada in shootout to win hockey gold medal

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scores the game-winner as the Americans win their first gold since 1998.

It’s expensive, but hockey in Seattle will be worth your while

Pace of play has become an issue in most sports, but NHL hockey is full-steam, all-out action.

Art Thiel: UW is a nice story, but Pac-12 is embarrassing

The fact that the conference may have just two NCAA Tournament teams is a really bad look.

U.S. men’s hockey team eliminated in Olympic quarterfinals

The Americans lose to the Czech Republic 3-2 in a shootout

Blackmouth opener lives up to expectations

State creel checkers tallied roughly one chinook for every 2.5 Area 9 anglers on opening day.

Tampa Bay Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. celebrates after his walk off home run against Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jacob Barnes during the ninth inning on Aug. 6, 2017. The Arizona Diamondbacks sent infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from the Rays in a three-team trade that includes five players, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)
Surprised by trade, Souza ready to help D-backs win

The former Cascade star will fill a key role in the outfield for an Arizona team that expects to contend.

BLOG: Canadiens call up former Silvertips captain Noah Juulsen

Noah Juulsen, who served as the captain of the Everett Silvertips last… Continue reading

Window opens for Seahawks to franchise tag DT Richardson

Seattle must decide whether to use the expensive tag or let the defensive tackle test free agency.

Cascade alum Souza traded from Rays to Diamondbacks

Arizona sends Brandon Drury to the Yankees in the three-team deal involving the former local prep star.

Most Read