Reconnecting with Columbia River’s new football coach

Brett Smedley is the head football coach at Columbia River High School, the school he played for in the early 2000s.

Paul Valencia used to interview Brett Smedley, the football player, for the Columbia River Chieftains in the early 2000s. Now, he is talking with Columbia River head coach Brett Smedley.

The school announced earlier this month that Smedley would be the new head coach.

Smedley hopes this will be a long-term relationship with a school he loves.

Here is the announcement the athletic department released:

“Columbia River High School is pleased to announce Brett Smedley as the eighth head football coach in school history.

“Brett is a 2003 Columbia River graduate, a multi-sport athlete, and an all-state defensive end for CR football in 2002. Coach Smedley played football at Western Washington University and Linfield College.”

A Linfield graduate, he has served as the defensive coordinator at Columbia River the past two seasons. He also was an assistant coach at Battle Ground and was the head coach of Coupeville in 2015.

I am really excited to start working with the kids and coaches and to give back to the River community that has done so much for my life,” Smedley said.

Smedley takes over for Christian Swain, who resigned this winter.

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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