Coaching the football coaches

Youth, high school coaches get certified before season starts

VANCOUVER — High school and youth football coaches are required to get certified in safe practices. 

Last weekend, Andy Ryland of USA Football came to Vancouver to teach Clark County Youth Football coaches concussion awareness and emergency action planning, as well as some tips on how to run safe drills. 

Several high school coaching staffs were there, too.

The first day of practice for high school football is Wed., Aug. 21.


About The Author

Paul Valencia joins after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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