Lakewood head coach Dan Teeter reflects on the teams performance at the end of practice on Aug. 28, 2019, at Lakewood High School. Teeter was recently named the Cougars’ new head baseball coach. (Katie Webber / The Herald)

Lakewood head coach Dan Teeter reflects on the teams performance at the end of practice on Aug. 28, 2019, at Lakewood High School. Teeter was recently named the Cougars’ new head baseball coach. (Katie Webber / The Herald)

Prep notebook: Lakewood football coach to lead baseball team

Also, the Mountlake Terrace boys basketball team earned an academic state title.

Dan Teeter, the Lakewood High School head football coach, will be the school’s interim head baseball coach this season.

Teeter has been Lakewood’s football coach since 2006. He has an 82-63 record in his 14 seasons at the helm, including a 72-33 mark over the past decade.

Teeter was named The Herald’s coach of the year in football this past season after guiding the Cougars to a 9-2 record and their third state quarterfinal appearance in program history.

“After the (baseball coaching) position opened up last spring, I had a few people talk to me about considering taking the position on. And I had a variety of reasons why I should not do that,” Teeter said with a laugh, “mostly involving family and time commitments and those kind of things.

“(But circumstances) just lined up and I said, ‘Well, you know what? Maybe this is something we’re supposed to do.’ … So I decided to throw my hat in the ring.”

Teeter played baseball throughout his youth and was an all-league shortstop at Lynden Christian High School. He has never coached baseball before, but was Sedro-Woolley High School’s head softball coach in the early 2000s. He guided the Cubs to state-tournament appearances in each of his four seasons at the helm.

Jackson Conn, a former Sedro-Woolley standout who played baseball at Pacific Lutheran University, will be an assistant coach under Teeter.

“My intent is to try and bring up a young coach to take it over and be the long-term answer in the future, but I want to give these guys a great experience this year,” Teeter said.

“In a perfect world,” he added, “it’ll just be a situation where I can lend a lot of my coaching experience to (Jackson) — and combined with his baseball knowledge and experience — hopefully create a real fun season for these guys.”

Terrace boys basketball earns academic state title

The Mountlake Terrace High School boys basketball team is headed to the state regionals for the eighth time in the past decade.

But the Hawks have already won a state title in the classroom.

Mountlake Terrace was announced last Tuesday as the Class 2A boys basketball academic state champion by virtue of its 3.66 team grade-point average.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association awards academic state titles in each sport and activity to the team with the highest GPA in its classification.

This marks the second time in less than two years that a Mountlake Terrace team has won an academic state championship. The Hawks’ baseball team earned the 2A academic state title in 2018.

No. 8 seed Mountlake Terrace (18-6) faces top-seeded Lynden in a non-elimination 2A state regional game Saturday at Mount Vernon High School. Both teams will advance to the 2A Hardwood Classic next week in Yakima.

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