Coaching changes

Here’s a look at two other coaching changes at area high schools:

Mount Vernon grad takes South Whidbey hoops job

Scott Collins, a 1998 Mount Vernon High School grad, has been hired as South Whidbey High’s head boys basketball coach. Collins was a standout point guard at Mount Vernon and played for teams that placed second and third in the state.

“He’s really energetic … and enthusiastic. He comes from a great tradition,” South Whidbey athletic director John Patton said of Collins, a first-time head coach. Collins has been a volunteer assistant at Mount Vernon and last season was an assistant at Oak Harbor High, where he continues to teach physical education and health.

Collins takes over for longtime South Whidbey coach Andy Davis, who resigned after seven seasons. Davis plans to spend time coaching his son, who will be a sixth-grader at Langley Middle School, Patton said.

“The cupboard’s not bare,” Patton said of the squad Collins will lead. South Whidbey loses one player – leading scorer Chad Anderson – from a group that went 4-10 in the Cascade Conference and 6-15 overall this past season.

Collins said he sees a lot of untapped potential and aims to improve the team’s shooting. The Falcons averaged less than 44 points per game in 2006-2007.

“I’m kind of ready to challenge myself,” said Collins, “and start doing things the way I want to do them.”

Hershey hired as Shorewood football coach

Formerly an assistant at Edmonds-Woodway and Shorewood, Andrew Hershey is Shorewood High’s new head football coach. It’s the first head coaching position for Hershey, who replaces Paul Christianson. Christianson resigned after back-to-back 1-9 seasons.

Hershey was an E-W football assistant the past 10 seasons. His prior experience “will pay dividends as he takes the next step in his coaching career,” Shoreline School District athletic director Don Dalziel said in a press release.

Hershey’s “enthusiasm and passion for football,” Dalziel added, “are outstanding traits as well as his high expectations for success of the T-Bird program.”

Mike Cane, Herald writer

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