The Valley has always felt like home for soccer star and family man Brandon Deyarmin.
The University High School alumnus has come full circle from his days as a Titan player. Now, he’s the head coach for the school’s boys and girls programs.
Last week Deyarmin was named to the newly consolidated positions after four years serving as a boys assistant and one year with the girls.
“We were trying to get one person so we’ll have continuity with the kids,” said Titan activities coordinator Bill Ames. “Hopefully at some point down the road he’ll be an in-building coach.”
Boys coach Damon Hagerott resigned to put more time into his teaching and coaching positions at Whitworth College. Girls coach Arnoldo Gudiel applied for the Titan job that ultimately went to Deyarmin.
“All I know is they wanted someone in there as both boys and girls coach,” said Deyarmin. “The fact I was a University grad, I hope, helped.”
“When they interviewed, Brandon did the best job,” said Ames of his selection as coach. “Arnoldo has tremendous knowledge but he’s a little divorced from the situation out here and that’s not going to change.”
Ames added that the need ultimately for an in-building coach and Deyarmin’s intent to teach fit with new statewide concerns about education.
A 1990 Titan graduate and Greater Spokane League most valuable player, Deyarmin left Spokane for Seattle and the University of Washington.
Neither the big city nor the big school was a good fit. And Deyarmin wasn’t comfortable with the distance between him and his family.
The result was a return to Spokane where he played for and graduated from Whitworth College while living on the North Side.
He and his wife Shauna have since moved back to the Valley. Last February a second son, Colin-Michal, joined two-year-old brother Gaven in the Deyarmin household.
Both parents are seeking teaching positions within the Central Valley School District. He wants to teach history and special education. She wants to teach at the elementary level. They plan to substitute until jobs become available.
Deyarmin said his coaching style will emulate Hagerott’s.
“I will kind of incorporate it with the girls,” said Deyarmin. “I want to create a sound program, like what the wrestling program has created. I want them to wear team shirts and get more involved.”
Having players who play yearround like those at Mead and Gonzaga Prep is important, said Deyarmin. He will go into the elementary schools to sell the program and give summer camps for future players.
“I think Brandon’s commitment is to the Valley and he has no intentions of moving out,” said Ames. “He understands what’s here. He’s a U-Hi kid and a class act who deserves the opportunity.”
There’s no place like home.
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