Squalicum’s search for a new girls’ soccer coach didn’t take long.
Athletic Director Patrick Brown announced the hiring of Jose Rodriguez, who has served as an assistant under former coach David Kish the past three seasons, in a press release Wednesday, April 27.
Rodriguez is also an assistant for the Storm boys’ soccer team, and he brings a wealth of coaching experience.
“I think one, just the comfort level with our girls, and he came highly recommended from Kish,” said Brown, when asked what made Rodriguez the right choice. “Just how he carries himself, I’ve always wanted to get him on staff as a head coach. For me, it was easy to pick him right away when Kish stepped down.”
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Previous to Squalicum, Rodriguez was on Sehome girls’ soccer coach Andrea Fountain’s staff. He also coached under former Mariners boys’ coach Jon Fleck. Rodriguez has won state titles with each of the four Bellingham teams he’s coached for.
“I’m really excited to continue my work with this program and expand my leadership role,” Rodriguez said. “I think it will be a neat experience to have this opportunity.”
Rodriguez takes over a Storm program that has reached the state semifinals the past four seasons. Squalicum is coming off its second consecutive state championship and hasn’t lost a game since Nov. 22, 2013.