Long­time Everett high school teacher, coach Roger Haug re­tires

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Roger Haug spent the last years of his ca­reer at Cas­cade High School, but that doesn’t change how gen­er­a­tions of stu­dents and many col­leagues will al­ways know him — as an Everett High Seag­ull who bleeds blue and gold.

“I al­ways viewed him as Mr. Everett High School,” said Steve Ber­trand, a teacher and long­time track and cross-coun­try coach at Everett’s Cas­cade High.

Haug, 65, re­tired June 22 af­ter 43 years of teach­ing and coach­ing in the Everett district, most of that time at Everett High. He coached foot­ball 43 years, basketball for 38 years, track and field for a decade, and softball for a year.

Although Haug marked the end of his teach­ing ca­reer with a re­tire­ment party last week, he isn’t through as­sist­ing young ath­letes.

On Tues­day, he talked by phone from Spokane, where he is help­ing with the 4A/3A EastWest All-State foot­ball game. Haug is help­ing the Wash­ing­ton State Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion with lo­gis­tics for the an­nual game, sched­uled for 6 p.m. Fri­day at Gon­zaga Prep high school in Spokane.

Haug grew up in north Everett’s River­side neigh­bor­hood. He at­tended Garfield El­e­men­tary School and North Ju­nior High be­fore mov­ing on to Everett High, where he let­tered ev­ery year in foot­ball, basketball and track and field. A 1969 grad­u­ate of Everett High, he played foot­ball for the Cen­tral Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Wild­cats and earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

He didn’t start out think­ing Everett High was his des­tiny. “My goal was to go some­where else. I al­ready knew about Everett,” said Haug, who worked sum­mers and af­ter col­lege grad­u­a­tion at Wey­er­haeuser Mill B in Everett. “Teach­ing jobs were pretty scarce,” Haug re­called.

In 1973, the call came from the Everett School District. Haug had a teach­ing and coach­ing job. He shared a story with Ber­trand, who has writ­ten an ar­ti­cle about Haug to be pub­lished later this year in The Wash­ing­ton Coach mag­a­zine.

Haug told Ber­trand that when he was hired that fall to teach PE and coach Seag­ull foot­ball, then-Everett su­per­in­ten­dent Owen Forbes told him that no mat­ter what district ath­letic di­rec­tor Jim En­nis said, “you work for me.” Later, En­nis would tell Haug that no mat­ter what the su­per­in­ten­dent told him, “you work for me.”

“Ev­i­dently it was a long­stand­ing joke be­tween the two ad­min­is­tra­tors,” Ber­trand wrote.

For the past seven years, Haug taught PE and se­nior sem­i­nar at Cas­cade, while still as­sist­ing with coach­ing foot­ball and basketball at Everett High. At Cas­cade, Ber­trand and Haug shared an of­fice.

Ber­trand, a Cas­cade alum­nus, said that in his 38 years as a teacher and coach, he and Haug have crossed paths of­ten. When Haug first came to Cas­cade, Ber­trand said he won­dered what “this die-hard Seag­ull was do­ing out here in Bru­inville.”

Watch­ing his new co-worker, Ber­trand be­gan to no­tice Haug’s spe­cial way with kids. “He was pro­fes­sional, or­ga­nized, dis­ci­plined and had a nice sense of hu­mor,” Ber­trand said. “Even when it was jus­ti­fied, he never threw a kid un­der the bus. He was al­ways pos­i­tive.”

Ber­trand, 61, has rel­ished Haug’s sto­ries about friends and other coaches, and his mem­o­ries of golf tour­na­ments and

other events. Haug plays pinochle with an Everett High alumni group. “It was about peo­ple with Roger,” Ber­trand said.

“Roger is an all-around good per­son. He never changed who he was, no mat­ter whether the teams were win­ning or los­ing,” said Robert Polk, the Everett district’s ath­letic di­rec­tor. “He has a pos­i­tive qual­ity that kind of ra­di­ates out to peo­ple even in chal­leng­ing times.”

As a teacher, Haug said he tried to be un­der­stand­ing but had ba­sic rules: “Be here on time, do the right thing, and good things will hap­pen. Treat peo­ple the way you want to be treated.”

This sum­mer, he plans to visit Alaska where one of his sons is a fish­er­man. Blake Haug is also a sub­sti­tute teacher and coach in the Everett district. Roger Haug and his wife, Ma­ree, have two other chil­dren, Kel­bea and Cale. “I’m look­ing for­ward to the fall. I’ve never had a fall off,” Haug said.

He has his own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Everett High’s motto, “School of Cham­pi­ons.”

“To be a cham­pion doesn’t have to mean to win a sports cham­pi­onship. Com­ing out as a good per­son, pro­duc­tive in so­ci­ety, can make you a cham­pion,” he said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF STEVE BER­TRAND

Roger Haug re­tired last week af­ter 43 years coach­ing and teach­ing in the Everett School District, most of that time at Everett High School.

JULIE MUHLSTEIN

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