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Posted on Jun 17, 2016

Wade Petersen named QHS varsity football coach

Wade Petersen, head coach of the Quincy High School varsity basketball team, is the new head coach of the Jacks’ football team.

The decision was made public Thursday, with Quincy Athletic Director Bill Alexander confirming it Friday.

“Great choice, great candidates,” Alexander wrote on a text message. “He will do well.”

The other finalist for the job was Jon Barker, the Jacks’ defensive coordinator. Both Barker and Petersen pledged to work with each other regardless of who got the nod.

“It’s a really good situation for Quincy,” Petersen said Tuesday during a community meet-and-greet with the finalists. “If Jon gets the job, he’s a great coach and he’ll do great and I’ll support him. Quincy will be in great shape if Jon gets the job.”  Barker said he would not coach anywhere else.

Petersen, an assistant coach for the Jacks’ football team,  said that he will emphasize the passing game more than it has been until now, in the style of his alma mater BYU, and WSU’s Air Raid offense.
“You gotta balance, you can’t just pass it all the time, but it’s fun to play and it’s fun to watch,” Petersen said.

As the head coach of the basketball team, Petersen says he knows he is in for one busy November if his gridiron team goes deep.
“It’s going to be interesting,” he said Tuesday. On Friday, he said he looked forward to seeing some of his basketball charges don helmets.

“I’m excited to see the kids who are in basketball and who will now come out for football and that may not have played football but now want to get involved,” he said. “That’s exciting to see.”
At any rate, he says, it’s been done before, coaching both sports well into November. And it’s been done by him, when his Quincy football team made the playoffs.

Before being an assistant coach, he was the defensive coordinator for the Jacks’ varsity football team. He has been coaching the basketball team for 15 years, and altogether, he has been a coach at both for 22.

Asked what he thought got him the job, he said that “probably my experience.” Barker has been a coach for 12 years. Barker, Petersen said, is a great coach who will be a great head coach someday.

The 2016-17 season for Quincy includes a season games at Chelan Sept. 2 and a game against the defending 2A state champion Prosser on Sept. 16, also on the road.

Having Prosser in the league will not change how Quincy prepares, Petersen said. It’s still just the one game.
The Jacks, Petersen continued, will try to beat Prosser, and then focus on the next game.

A successful 2017 to Petersen involves winning more games than thy lose and making the playoffs, he said.  For now, the more immediate goal is to get everything organized for the summer.

“I already had my summer built for basketball,” Petersen said. “I just gotta work football in the gaps.” Asked how tricky that may prove to be, he said not very. It’s been done, he reiterated. The only difference is, this year he will be in charge of everything.

“Outside of that, it will be fine,” he said.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@qvpr.com

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