Quincy High School has made it official: The school is looking for a new football coach.

The job came open last month when second-year coach Greg McMillan submitted his resignation.

“We are accepting applications right now,” said Brett Fancher, athletic director at QHS, who hired McMillan.

The position is open until filled, Fancher said, adding that the next coach needs to be someone who holds the students to high standards, holds them accountable to be good teammates.

“I’m looking for a coach who can instill a winning culture, and who can accomplish the three goals of our athletic department.”

Asked what those goals were, Fancher said, “The athletes have fun, athletes learn to compete and athletes learn about their sport.” It’s not a must that the next coach have head-coaching experience, Fancher said, calling prior experience a factor, but not a determining factor. Furthermore, Fancher said he would not be opposed to an in-house hire.

After news of the posting went online, interest perked up as far as Grays Harbor county, with some other coaches east of the Cascades showing interest as well.

McMillan coached the Quincy Jacks during two seasons (0-4 the first year and 0-9 the second year) that saw a lot of curveballs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When reached for comment, McMillan wrote in a text message that he was surprised when “I went for my end-of-season evaluation and was asked to resign by the athletic director.”.

Asked what made this a time for a change, Fancher said “Coach McMillan submitted his resignation.” Asked whether McMillan was asked to resign, Fancher said “He turned in a letter of resignation.”

McMillan texted that he wanted to thank his crew of assistant coaches, “for all their time, energy and hard work. I’d also like to commend the players for their heart and hustle all season long.”

Quizzed about his future plans, McMillan texted he would still like to coach, and that he will keep teaching in Quincy. When asked about what he was proudest of, he texted that “every Friday night, all the players gave maximum effort for each other. They played for something bigger than themselves.”

Lastly, when asked what he would do differently, McMillan had a one-word answer: “Nothing.”

People interested in the position should contact Fancher at 509-787-3501.

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