Weekly Herald staff
For somebody ready to coach high school boys soccer again, Michael Bartley has found the perfect job.
Archbishop Murphy announced on Feb. 15 that Bartley has been hired as the school’s newest boys soccer coach and will take over from Eddie Fernandez, who resigned last June. Bartley’s son, Josh, is a junior on the Archbishop Murphy boys soccer team, which Bartley said was a factor in his decision.
Bartley, who has coached soccer for more than 31 years, will remain as the girls soccer coach at Jackson. He coached the Jackson boys soccer team until 2004, when he resigned because he was coaching his son’s select soccer team. Bartley said that the timing to move to Archbishop Murphy was right because the select soccer team he was coaching recently disbanded.
“I’m very excited to coach at Murphy,” Bartley said. “I’ve always admired Murphy and I thought it was better to coach with them instead of battling against them.”
It’s too early to diagnose the talent on this year’s team, Bartlett said, but he sees a lot of potential on a team that won its conference last season and went to state.
During his coaching career, which included stints at Meadowdale (1997-2002) and Eastside Catholic (1986-1993). Bartley was named The Daily Herald All-Area Coach of the Year and Metro All-Area Coach of the Year.
Archbishop Murphy also hired an athletic director, tabbing Jerry Zander of Edmonds for the job. Zander, who has served as interim athletic director since Rick Stubrud’s contract was not renewed earlier this year, has 12 years of high school coaching experience in football, basketball, volleyball, and track and field, and was co-athletic director at Archbishop Murphy in 2007-08.
Zander started teaching mathematics at Archbishop Murphy when the school opened in 1998.