Northwest NEWS

June 17, 2002

Sports

Leander promoted to WHS head football coach

by Russ Paris
   Special to the Weekly
   Mark Leander will take control of the Falcon varsity football as previous head Coach Terry Agnew takes over the athletic director spot with the recent retirement of A.D. Joe Meagher.
   Leander is a Woodinville resident of 13 years with his wife, Janice. His daughter Meridith graduated from WHS and is a sophomore at Washington State University.
   Leander's son, Ivan, is a seventh grader at Timbercrest Junior High School. Ivan has been a Falcon football ball boy since he was six years old.
   "It really feels weird," said Leander. "I'm out here doing a lot of the same stuff, but Terry (Agnew) and Mike Bertramā aren't here. I miss them, but feel comfortable."
   The Falcons were a rushing team featuring the tight set wing bone attack on defense.
   "We will only be tight about 30 percent of the time," said Leander. "We might look similar but will run a triple option attack. We're going to open things up a bit. We will take advantage of the athletic players we have."
   On offense, the Falcons return six starters, including the strong armed Matt Tuiasosopo. Look for WHS to take to the air early and often.
   On defense there will be four starters returning.
   "I plan on emphasizing defense," Leander said. "It was the key to our success in the 90s."
   To accomplish his goals, Leander has put together a formidable staff. Linsey Hughes is new this year but brings a ton of coaching experience. He has been a coach under Jim Waldren at Washington and Iowa State universities. Wayne Maxwell, Bob Kaskes and Dave Sage are back from last year's coaching staff and know the Falcon system.
   Leander is already conditioning the troops. The Falcons are currently taking part in two weeks of summer drills and then will go as a team to a football camp at Central Washington University in Ellensburg June 27 for five days.
   "I'm really pleased with the number of athletes who turned out," said Leander. "We have more than 60 and more will show up in the fall."