Chad Allan steps down at Hoquiam

Chad Allan, who directed Hoquiam’s girls basketball team to a regional appearance last year, has resigned after four years as the Grizzly coach.

The 45-year-old Allan said he submitted a letter of resignation on Friday. He will remain as a middle school science teacher and assistant track coach at Hoquiam.

“Right now, for at least the next year or two, I’ll be staying on the Harbor,” he affirmed.

Although Allan said he wanted to continue coaching at Hoquiam and was told that his contract would be renewed, what he termed a negative coaching evaluation by district officials cast doubt about his long-term prospects.

“My end-of-the-season evaluation demonstrated the administration and I had vastly different coaching philosophies,” Allan said. “I didn’t have confidence I’d be here four more years.”

Ironically, this came after what was easily Allan’s most successful season at Hoquiam.

The Grizzlies posted a 15-10 record, beat Aberdeen for the first time since 2006 and also registered a rare win over Evergreen 1A League champion Elma. Hoquiam’s regional appearance (which ended with a 72-11 loss to state powerhouse Lynden Christian) was its first since 2003.

Allan wound up sharing Evergreen 1A League Coach of the Year honors.

“(The situation) was frustrating, given the success we had,” he said. “The program was going in the right direction. Obviously, I wasn’t making the administration happy and that was pretty evident in my end of the year eval. We left the program much better than we found it and set up for many years of success.”

Hoquiam athletic director Brian Grun declined comment.

Allan thanked assistant coach Gienelle Harless for her support and dedication to the program.

A multi-sports standout at Toppenish High School, Allan accepted the Hoquiam job in 2009 following six seasons as the boys basketball coach at Montesano. His career record at HHS was 36-52.

He had also spent six years as the men’s basketball assistant at Grays Harbor College.

Allan said he hopes to eventually return to the bench, either on the Twin Harbors or outside the area.

“Without a doubt, that’s my passion, coaching basketball,” he said.