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O’Dea coach Monte Kohler among those named to first Football Seeding Committee

By Nathan Joyce - Seattle Times, 07/30/18, 11:00AM PDT


The WIAA announced the three committees that will decide seeding for the state football tournaments this year.

Earlier this summer, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced it would, for the first time, use a committee to seed the teams that qualified for the state football tournaments.

Those committees were announced Wednesday and among the names is the man who won a state football title last year, O’Dea’s Monte Kohler. Kohler will help seed the Class 4A and 3A fields.

There are three committees, one for the 2B and 1B classifications and another for 2A and 1A.

Here’s the release from the WIAA:

Football Seeding Committee Announced for 2018 Season

RENTON, Wash. – The WIAA announced the members of its Football Seeding Committee for the 2018 season, Wednesday.

The committee will be tasked with seeding the 16-teams in each WIAA Classification (eight-team for the 1B classification) for the State Football Championships. Teams will still qualify for the playoffs through the WIAA District allocation system and the committee will have no bearing upon which teams qualify for the State tournament. Once the field is determined, the seeding committee will rank and place teams in the first round of the bracket based on their performance throughout the regular season and playoffs. This system will replace the draw system which has been used in previous seasons.


The committee is scheduled to meet before the season starts on August 12, and again at the conclusion of Week 10 to assign seeding position.


An application process was used to select knowledgeable and qualified people from around the state. The selected members were divided into three committees to focus on specific classifications.

1B/2B Seeding Committee
1, Brian Bailey, Head Coach Entiat HS
2, Jon Davidso, Retired Coach, Currently assists at Toutle Lake
3, Jay Hawkins, Head Coach Tonasket HS
4, Jim Holman, Head Coach Asotin HS
5, Kyle Kimble, Head Coach Pomeroy HS
6, Buck Marsh, Superintendent/AD/HC at Darrington HS
7, Tom Sanche, AD/Former Head Coach South Bend HS
8, Aaron Van Tuyl, Sports Reporter The Daily Chronicle
9, Matthew Evans, ublisher of Evans Rankings
10, Doug Ashmore, Former Coach Napavine, Onalaska, Centralia
Ryland Spencer, Cascadia Preps
Scott Odiorne, ScoreCzar Rankings

1A/2A Seeding Committee
1, Elia Ala’ilima-Daley, Former Head Coach & AD at Cascade (Leavenworth)
2, Pat Alexander, Retired – 41 yr Assistant coach Tumwater HS.
3, Brycen Bye, Head Coach Clarkston HS
4, Jay Dodd, Head Coach Blaine HS
5, John Hallead, Head Coach Columbia (White Salmon) HS
6, Cody Lamb, Head Coach LaSalle HS
7, Shawn Perkins, Head Coach Mark Morris HS
8, Dan Teeter, Head Coach Lakewood HS
9, Jeff Weible, Head Coach North Kitsap HS
10, Jim Wright, Head Coach Sultan HS
Ryland Spencer, Cascadia Preps
Scott Odiorne, ScoreCzar Rankings

3A/4A Seeding Committee
1, John Barrington, Mead HS AD
2, Ross Filkins, AD and Head Coach Peninsula HS
3, Matthew Gracey, Head Coach Heritage HS
4, Monte Kohlerm Head Coach/AD at O’Dea HS
5, William Marsh, Retired AD /Head Coach Eastside Catholic HS
6, Adam Mathieson, AD & Head Coach Mountain View HS
7, Scott Nordi, AD at Lakes HS & Gridiron Classic Co-coordinator
8, Mark Perry, Current AD Snohomish HS
9, Jay Turner, Head Coach Oak Harbor HS
10, Lauren Smith, The News Tribune & The Olympian
Ryland Spencer, Cascadia Preps
Scott Odiorne, ScoreCzar Rankings

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