Sports Roundup - It’s a coaching merry-go-round at BHS/Celeb tourney at Wing Point

Mark Grindrod (top row, third from left) is stepping down as the girls soccer coach to accept a new job that requires him to travel during the season. Anh Tran is leaving his position as boys soccer head coach to take over the varsity girls team. - Courtesy of Bainbridge High School
Mark Grindrod (top row, third from left) is stepping down as the girls soccer coach to accept a new job that requires him to travel during the season. Anh Tran is leaving his position as boys soccer head coach to take over the varsity girls team.
— image credit: Courtesy of Bainbridge High School

Mark Grindrod leaves the girls program, while Anh Tran moves over from boys

When Mark Grindrod retired from his job three months ago, he thought that was it.

But at a retirement party for another co-worker, he was offered another job as a field engineer inspecting Trident subs that offered more pay, so he took it – but it meant his “retirement” from coaching the Bainbridge girls soccer team.

“It wasn’t that hard to take the new job, but it was hard to tell the kids,” he said.

The move is part of several coaching changes announced by BHS athletic director Neal White on Thursday.

Grindrod has coached the girls soccer team since 2001 and led the team to the state quarterfinals in 2004.

“It was a great five years I spent there and it was a lot of fun,” Grindrod said.

Anh Tran stepped down from his position as the boys soccer head coach to take over Grindrod’s spot.

He coached the boys soccer team for many years and was the head coach of the JV girls soccer team as well, along with being an assistant coach for five years.

Tran said the change came from having to choose one season or the other, as coaching both teams was wearing him down.

“To do both is hard,” Tran said. “I love to do both and I really feel privileged (to do both), but I have to think about my career and my family. It does put a little bit of a toll (on me), (but) soccer is my passion and I had to pick a season, and the girls (season) is the one I’d like to try my luck in.

“It’s going to be sad,” he continued. “It’s not going to be a good time to leave them. Coaches usually leave during a rebuilding year, but I feel next year they’re going to be one of the better teams in the Metro League.”

Scott Drucker replaces Tran as the head coach of the JV girls soccer team.

White said he has a replacement in mind for Tran, but can’t reveal it until the school board makes it official at its next meeting on June 29.

In other changes, Pat Logan stepped down as the cross country co-assistant coach. He shared the spot with Anne Howard Lindquist, who becomes the assistant coach.

The boys basketball program saw some changes as well, with Mike Florian leaving the JV head coaching position, Brad Lewis moving up to take his place and former Spartan standout Henry Guterson coming back to become the C-team coach.

Guterson, who played for Bainbridge from 2000 to 2003, is currently a student at the University of Washington. He has been a volunteer coach for the team for the past two years.

“Henry has everything we are looking for: heart, commitment, a competitive edge and he enjoys working with kids,” head coach Scott Orness said in a press release.

Guterson got his start as the coach of a select team while at Bainbridge.

“Coaching is something that I thoroughly enjoy and I am looking forward to the challenges it presents and the relationships that it provides,” he said. “I’m definitely glad to be at Bainbridge and coaching for them.”

The girls swim and dive program went through a couple of coaching changes, as Chris Miller stepped down as the head dive coach, while Megan Reha was hired as an assistant.

Miller said he is “regretfully giving up his position as coach in order to keep the school in compliance with WIAA rules, which does not allow coaching high school athletes out of season.”

Miller is also the BISC diving coach, which is where the conflict lies.

He’ll remain the coach there, but his resignation effectively ends his 30-year high school coaching career, for which he was honored by NISCA with a plaque recognizing his long tenure as a coach.

“I can’t express how lucky and blessed I feel to have been the coach at Bainbridge,” he said. “I had talented athletes and the support of the coaches, the parents and the administration.

“It was like I’d died and gone to diving heaven.”

Celeb tourney at Wing Point

Several former and current football stars are scheduled to appear at the 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Benefit for Cancer to be held at Wing Point Country Club June 23.

The one day scramble event begins at noon and is a shotgun start.

The players scheduled to appear include: former UW football head coach Jim Lambright; former WSU and Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien; former UW quarterback Sonny Sixkiller; former WSU quarterback Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson; former UW and NFL player Cary Conklin; former WSU and NFL running back Reuben Mayes; former UW and NFL player Tom Flick; Seattle Seahawk center Robbie Tobeck; former WSU and NFL player Brett Carolan; former Seattle Seahawks kicker Norm Johnson and former WSU and NFL player Dwayne Stewart.

Former WSU head football coach and current WSU radio commentator Jim Walden is the keynote speaker.

The cost for the event is $125 which includes participation in the event, the use of a golf cart, a lunch and admission to the awards banquet.

The cost for attending just the dinner and the awards banquet is $40.

For more information, see or call Mark Smaha at 360-204-6399.

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