Baddeley back in black

  • Written by Don Mann
DJ Baddely
Photo courtesy of Northshore School District DJ Baddeley
In what seemed like a no-brainer to most insiders, Inglemoor High School recently named Daniel  “DJ” Baddeley as its new head football coach.

Baddeley, 40, replaces Frank Naish, who retired after 34 years as head coach.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Viking football program,” Baddeley said in a press release by the Northshore School District.

“We are excited about the future and are committed to a program focused on competition, character and outstanding effort in all phases.”

Baddeley has taught social studies at Inglemoor for 17 years.

He was an assistant football coach under Naish for 10 years before becoming Woodinville High School’s offensive coordinator seven years ago, wearing the Kelly green for the Falcons in the fall while still coaching Inglemoor’s track & field team in the spring — wearing the black and gold.

Baddeley, well-liked by his peers and kids from both schools — forthright with an easy smile and thoroughly approachable — was asked what he’ll remember most about his time with the Falcons.

“I had a great time during my seven years at Woodinville. I am very appreciative of the opportunity and will miss working with some great coaches and players. Coach (Wayne) Maxwell has built a great program and it was an honor to be on the staff. Now I’m looking forward to a new challenge at Inglemoor.”

He was asked what he’s been working on most immediately.

“I’ve been working on putting the staff together, getting the strength conditioning program in place, setting our spring and summer schedule and getting to know the players.”

He’s already met with some of the returning players, he said, and was asked what he told them.

“My message is we need to prepare to win. KingCo is a very competitive league and in order to be successful you have to put in the effort out of season to be competitive during the season.”

Finally, he was asked what Viking football fans — coming off a dismal 2-7 season — can look forward to. “An aggressive up-tempo style of play with a group of young men who are mentally tough and physically prepared to compete.”

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