June 4th, 2004

Salute to Coach Beyer

The end of this school year marks the end of Ted Beyer’s “season” of teaching and coaching here in Anacortes. Beyer will move on to southwestern Washington, where he will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young athletes, as he has here. Beyer, 44, moves to Mountain View High School, a 4A school in Vancouver, Wash. During his seven years as football coach here, the Seahawks’ record was 40-27. “I’m leaving the program in good shape,” Beyer told the Anacortes American following his decision to take the new job. “Whoever succeeds me will have an excellent weight-training program in place, all the necessary equipment and a bunch of well-conditioned, well-trained football players.” Beyer said he and his wife Jan will miss Anacortes. “Leaving Anacortes is very difficult for us,” he said. “The community has been good for us and good to us. We’ve formed ties that will never be broken.” The American reported that among skills cited by the coach’s strong supporters are his expertise in strength and conditioning, and his capacity to prepare players to play at a higher level. During his tenure at Anacortes, seven players competed in the East-West All-Star game, 13 have gone on to play in college and eight of these are still competing. One player, Rien Long, is in the National Football League and four were named to the Associated Press Washington Football first team. Beyer credits those who’ve assisted him at Anacortes. “I’ve been honored to work with assistant coaches like Bill Evans and Charlie Bell,” he told the American. “Bill and I knocked heads a lot and it really helped me learn. And Charlie is a guy who’s been there. I really respect him and honor his friendship.” Anacortes Athletic Director Rick Mergenthaler echoed the feelings of many when he said of Beyer’s departure: “It’s like losing a member of the family. He’s been a great contributor. His departure will leave a void.”

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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