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

Regina’s Tyler Brown stops a shot with Everett’s Matt Fonteyne looking on Sunday afternoon at Xfintiy Arena in Everett on November 19, 2017. Everett lost 2-1.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Regina narrowly escapes with a 2-1 win over Silvertips

A shot by Everett’s Matt Fonteyne’s bounces off the post in the final seconds

Falcons set to test Seattle’s ‘Legion of Backups’

Playing without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor is ‘new territory’ for the Seahawks

No playoff berth at stake, but Apple Cup has plenty to offer

Huskies’ dramatic win over Utah sets the stage for the state’s annual Pac-12 showdown

REFLECTIONS: Tips snap power-play skid, continue penalty-killing streak

The Game The Regina Pats were predicted to be one of the… Continue reading

Monroe football’s historic season ends with loss to Sumner

The Spartans’ big second half hands the Bearcats a 56-14 4A state quarterfinals loss.

Lake Stevens’ Eason is The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year

The Seattle University-bound senior setter was a stabilizing presence for the Vikings.

Huskies rally to beat Utah on last-second field goal

No. 16 Washington scores 10 points in the last minute to stun Utah 33-30.

Saturday’s prep postseason results

FOOTBALL 4A State Tournament Nov. 18 Quarterfinals Central Valley 41, Skyline 0… Continue reading

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in Chinese jail

The president implies that the father of one of the men isn’t appreciative enough.

Most Read