Wishkah in search of football coach after Brad Taylor Sr. retires

WISHKAH — Wishkah High School is seeking a new football coach following the recent retirement of Brad Taylor Sr.

Taylor, the Loggers’ head coach since 2007, submitted his resignation several weeks ago. The job will be posted soon, according to Wishkah athletic director Mark Maxfield.

Several factors figured in the decision, Taylor said Tuesday.

“I’m going to turn 67 (years old) and my old knees are starting to ache a little bit now,” he said. “That’s from playing ball many years ago.”

Taylor also expressed a desire to follow his grandchildren as they become more involved in youth sports.

“I’ve got to get to a lot of things going on next year and I didn’t want to miss much,” he said.

A retired logger, Taylor succeeded Kory McElravy as Wishkah’s head coach. He never had a losing season in six years at the helm, finishing with a career record of 34-19.

His 2008 club came within an eyelash of capturing the state 1B championship, dropping a heartbreaking 64-62 decision to LaCrosse/Washtucna in the title contest.

While noting that coaching, particularly at a small school, was more time-consuming than he anticipated, Taylor said he enjoyed the experience.

“I had a great time coaching,” he said. “It was an experience I thought I’d never do.”