In this article written by former sports editor, Steve Kelley, Steve examines the coach and our program.
Abstract and link from 2011
"He's such an understated guy, but when he talks, his words carry a lot of weight. He's something, man. Butch reminds me of Don James a little bit. Quiet, very demanding, very disciplined, doesn't raise his voice a lot, but keeps his guys in line. And his teams are a pleasure to watch."
Goncharoff, 47, is old-fashioned, not much different, really, from your favorite math or English teacher. His subject is football, and most Decembers inside the Tacoma Dome he mops off the celebratory dousing from his players and proudly watches from a distance the joyous graduation ceremony in front of him.
"It's all about the here and now for him and not about the future," Mora said. "We don't all have to aspire to the highest level of our profession. I think it's great that he can aspire to be the best high-school coach. I think that's awesome.
"Absolutely he could coach college if he wanted to. But right now he's the best high-school coach in the state, and one of the very best in the nation and that's pretty damn cool."
This time last year, Mora's 9-year-old son told his dad he wanted a Bellevue Wolverines jersey with his name and number on the back for Christmas.
"That just shows you the extent of what Butch has got going," Mora said. "Kids in this area grow up wanting to play for Butch at Bellevue High. He's just created this culture that's perpetual."
He doesn't need a nickname, or a stadium named after him. He doesn't need the bright lights and the well-placed connections. Butch Goncharoff's program endures and these games, these players, this job is sustaining.
Steve Kelley: 206-464-2176 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Coach - Butch Goncharoff
Assistant HC - Pat Jones
Defensive Coordinator - Matt Coombs
Special Team Coordinator - Mark Landes
Defensive Backs - John Coombs
Media Relations - Rick Brown
Running Backs - Richard Brown
Quarterbacks - Mike Fouts
Wide Receiver - Mike Rogers
Defensive Backs - Cam Warren and Travis Stanaway
Linebackers - EJ Savannah
Defensive Line - Manase Hopoi
JV - Ashkaan Jaberi
Kickers - Greg Hubert
Freshman Head Coach - Neil Buckmaster
Freshman Defensive Coordinator - Rich Lane
Freshman Offense and Defense - Jon Young, Dan Sullivan, Garth Thomas
Athletic Director - Lauren McDaniel
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