Infatuated? More like shaking my head. Being around the coaching circles for some time, there are cases that stand out because of the controversies that follow some coaches. Don't care who gets Sedro. Don't care who gets (got) ATM. I am a Bruin guy myself, although recent history has beaten down my pride. And I'm not sold on their new hire, but I can give him a break and see what he does. At least they didn't hire a retread (cough.Abrams.cough) like Monroe did last year.
The fact that this article comes out 4 days before the hire is announced is curious. I wonder if anyone from Sedro Woolley High School (or district) knew anything about this story until it was posted. I guess the AD would be in a pickle if he actually didn't select Ward after the news carries this "Top Story" that Ward is a candidate. Of course, we all know ADs don't want any grief, so I agree that the job is Ward's.
I will stick by with my earlier assertion that either he retires of age in 5 years or they have to hire in 2 if the wins aren't there and his personality leads him to exit like only he does - divided staff, accusations, and finger pointing.
Sit down with anyone who has coached with the guy. If it's one coach listing the negative things about him, you take it with a grain of salt - maybe even two or three guys. Maybe they have a bone to pick. But there is an significant majority that assert that Ward drives staff and programs apart.
Two similar situation that got messy and public. One constant.