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The two-time WIAA state championship soccer coach has resigned from Camas after 17 years to join Portland State staff as an assistant coach, the school said on Monday evening.
He joins the team of Vikings head coach Bruce Barnum, who has been at the helm for six seasons. Barnum is from Vancouver, graduated from Columbia River High School and still lives in the Vancouver area.
Jack Hathaway, who has been Eagle’s assistant for seven seasons, will serve as an interim coach at Camas.
“We are very excited that Coach Eagle has this chance to get to the next level and I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more,” said Camas sporting director Rory Oster in a press release. “I have not seen a stronger young male leader than Coach Eagle and we all support his next challenge.”
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Hathaway, who at the age of seven is one of the shortest coaches in the close-knit team at Camas, was previously head coach at Heritage for three seasons. He was also recently a soccer coach for Liberty Middle School in the Camas School District.
It is believed that the rest of the college staff will largely stay in place for the coming season – evidence of the program Eagle built into a consistent 4A contender for the state.
“It will be a loss that we will feel profoundly here in Camas in our entire community,” said Oster. “He is a future Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Famer and a leader who has meant so much to our children, our school, and our entire community.”
Eagle is leaving Camas, where he was head coach for the past 13 years, with a record 127-22, nine league titles, three appearances in the state championship, highlighted by 4A state title wins in 2016 and 2019, the last state football title to be held in Washington . Since the WIAA does not hold any state championships in a pandemic-condensed 2020-21 season, he technically goes out as the reigning 4A champion. Camas went 4-1 in the spring season.
Eagle has long been a fixture in the high school football community in southwest Washington and across the state. He previously trained at Evergreen (Vancouver) and Redmond.