Seagulls’ new football coach sees Everett as a ‘good fit’

David Coldiron comes to Snohomish County after spending two decades as a coach in California

When recently hired Everett High School football coach David Coldiron saw the Seagulls’ head-coaching position open up, he knew it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.

The Southern California native had been itching to move to the Pacific Northwest for years to be closer to family that moved to Monroe more than 15 years ago, and he said there’s no better home than 2416 Colby Ave.

“I thought that coaching in Everett would be a good place for me because it reminded me of the kind of school I went to,” Coldiron said. “… It feels very comfortable to me. It feels like a really good fit.”

Coaching football is in Coldiron’s blood. His father, Ray Coldiron, coached for more than 40 years, including a stint of about 20 years as an assistant at Pasadena City College in California.

David Coldiron didn’t take long to follow in his father’s footsteps. At 18, he got his first coaching job as a linebackers coach at Buena High School in Ventura, California. A year later, he became the offensive coordinator at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calfironia. Then, at 20, Coldiron was offered the opportunity to join the coaching staff at Pasadena CC. David coached the linebackers while his father was the offensive coordinator.

Unfortunately for David Coldiron, being an assistant coach wasn’t paying the bills, and he left coaching to work in the private sector.

But he could never shake the allure of the football field.

“I found myself going to high school football games and college football games, and watching film with my dad,” Coldiron said. “I never stopped loving (coaching).”

He went back to school and graduated from the University of Southern California. He then earned his teaching degree from Azusa Pacific University and returned to coaching in 2001.

“I just knew (working in the private sector) wasn’t where my heart was,” Coldiron said. “My was heart was with working with young people.”

Since returning to coaching, Coldiron has had stints at El Monte High School in California and Ashland High School in Oregon, among others. His most recent head-coaching job was at Mira Monte High School in California, where he spent the past four seasons.

Coldiron takes over an Everett program that was on the upswing under former coach Doug Trainor, who stepped down after last season. The Seagulls went from three straight one-win seasons to back-to-back five win seasons and a 7-3 record this past fall that earned the program a berth in the 3A Week 10 playoffs.

The new coach has had limited opportunity to watch film on his new team, but has been able to catch some clips on Hudl to get an idea of what he’ll be working with.

“I saw those kids get off the ball on the offensive line; every coach knows we can only go as far as our o-line can take us,” Coldiron said. “I was really impressed to see those kids get off the ball the way they did. They really can create some running lanes for Christian Balmer, and he’s a good player.”

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