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Marysville coaches receive awards
MARYSVILLE — Marysville-Pilchuck head track and field coach Randy Davis and Marysville Middle School head eighth-grade football coach Doug Pellerin have both won awards.
Davis was named the 2011 Washington State Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Pellerin received the Washington State Football Association Middle Level Coach of the Year title.
“I had absolutely no idea it was coming,” Davis said. “I have no idea who nominated me. I think it’s an accumulation of the last few years and league championships, and hopefully it represents the program’s successes.”
Davis was named Wesco 4A boys coach of the year, the last time it was ever given, in the 2002-2003 season. The Tomahawks won titles both years.
A track coach since 1983 and M-P’s head coach since 1991, Davis has held the position for longer than anyone else. His philosophy emphasizes relay work, for which M-P is known, because relays are a team competition.
“For the last 10 to 15 years, our relay girls have challenged for state championships,” Davis said. “It’s a good representation of the girls’ performances. It could be that I’ve been here long enough that the programs’ successes have caught up to me. I always go to award conventions because award time is the most fun time of the year and it feels good to have Marysville represented.”
Pellerin, who has lived in Marysville for 22 years and has coached for 20, teaches special education at M-P. He coached at Totem Middle School before starting at Marysville Middle School.
Pellerin prefers to teach the game instead of using special tactics. He prefers to teach his players to read an offense instead of sending a blitz. His coaching makes sure that everyone plays and everyone has fun. Pellerin once had 22 players, all of whom started that season.
Pellerin will attend the Washington State Football Coaches Association Mid-winter Conference at the Hilton in Bellevue on Jan. 27, during which coaches who received awards will be honored.