Corbett High brings in coach from Minnesota to start up a cross country running team

Justin Rosenblad is popping up on the East County prep soccer fields again this fall. The former boys coach at Centennial, is taking over the girls program at David Douglas High this fall.

Rosenblad led the Centennial boys to the big-school semifinals in 2003 and served as the head women’s coach at Warner Pacific for three seasons before taking time off from coaching the last few years.

“It was a good feeling to get started again, pulling out old workouts and parent forms, all of those things,” Rosenblad said. “I wanted to get back into high school coaching.”

He is entering his ninth year as a social studies teacher at Centennial.

David Douglas finished 3-11-0 last year and was held scoreless through its last five matches.

“On the girls side, a big piece of having success is searching out matchups on the field,” Rosenblad said. “You have to make adjustments, and find matchups that are in your favor.”

Corbett has elevated Scott Hassebroek from an assistant coach with the Corbett girls soccer program to head coach this fall. The Cardinals are coming off a stellar 2011 season that saw them go 11-3-1 and reach the 3A quarterfinals. Corbett was unbeaten in league play, winning all but one of those matches by a margin of two goals or more.

“I’m very excited. We have the core of last year’s team coming back and are looking to have an even better season this fall,” Hassebroek said. “I was asked to step in and was more than happy to do that.”

Hassebroek spent four years as the head coach with the Hoodview Junior Academy middle school program in Boring.

Corbett is also starting up a cross country team this fall, hiring recent Minnesota University graduate Ariella DePrenger Gottfried to head up the program.

She was a cross country and track athlete for the Golden Gophers, who remains in training for a potential spot in the marathon for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Gottfried tried to qualify for this summer’s trials, setting a personal-best by more than four minutes at a marathon in Duluth, MN, only to come up eight seconds short of the qualifying standard for the trials.

“It was bittersweet,” she said. “I had a great PR, but still wasn’t quite there.”

A long-time runner, she hopes to instill the team attitude that she enjoyed with the sport. So far, Corbett has seen only five runners turn out for early-season practices, but Gottfried expects those numbers to increase once school gets underway.

“We’re going to build an inclusive team atmosphere, and also push each other to see what we’re capable of,” Gottfried said. “I want them to learn to enjoy exercise and running as a sport.”

Reynolds has hired Shawn Bundy as its girls soccer coach, while the water polo program has elevated past coach Dan Anderson to the role of water polo director with Scott McKechnie coming in to coach the girls team and Joel Kastel to coach the boys program.

No coaching changes were reported for Gresham, Barlow, Centennial, Portland Lutheran and Damascus Christian.

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