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Jeremy ThielbahrHead Coach
This year marked the seventh season for Coach Jeremy Thielbahr as the head coach of Crusader football. The Crusaders have had a state run for the past five seasons, including four consecutive seasons that included trips to the state championship game and back-to-back state championships in 2014 and 2015. In addition, he begins his sixth year as EC Athletic Director. For the four years prior to his appointment at EC, Thielbahr was at Division I University of Idaho, most recently as assistant coach for running backs and special teams coordinator. Thielbahr was on Pac-10 championship winning teams as both a student-athlete and assistant coach at Washington State University for the 2001 Rose Bowl, 2001 Sun Bowl and 2003 Holiday Bowl. While coaching at Montana State in 2005, he helped the team win the Big Sky championship. Thielbahr graduated in 2001 from Washington State University with a double major in social studies and history. He also has a master’s in teaching and is currently working towards his Ph.D. Coach Thielbahr resides on the Eastside with his wife, Meredith, their 2 year old daughter Kate, and their dog, Dexter.
Rob ChristoffDefensive Coordinator
Coach Christoff completed his seventh season on EC’s football staff as defensive coordinator. A 1995 graduate of Linfield College, Christoff’s coaching career began in 1996 as the defensive line coach at Linfield. He then became a graduate assistant at Colorado, followed by stints at Cal State Northridge and Saint Mary’s College. In 1999 he joined Montana State University, where he spent seven seasons – six as linebackers coach before also becoming defensive coordinator in 2006. He spent the 2007 season as linebackers coach at Idaho State University before making his move to an FBS team as a graduate assistant at Boise State in 2008. He spent the two years before joining EC as the linebackers coach and team camp coordinator at the University of Idaho. In addition to playing for two seasons at Linfield – one as a defensive end and the other as a linebacker – Christoff was a two-year letterman at linebacker for Boise State. He spent one season in the European Football League as a linebacker for the Deggendorf (Germany) Blackhawks.
Adam KietzerAssistant Head Coach, Special Teams Coordinator
Coach Kietzer returned for his tenth year on the Crusader football staff this year. He played his high school career at Newport and then went on to play at Washington State University, where he played wide receiver and special teams from 1992-97. He was on the Pac-10 All-American team and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in education. He coached at Kentridge, Bellevue and Lake Washington prior to joining Eastside Catholic. While at Lake Washington, they won their first KingCo title in 40 years. In his fifteen years of coaching, he has coached six All-State receivers and two All-State return men. Coach Kietzer teaches high school physical education at EC. He resides in Snoqualmie with his wife, Terese, and their daughter, Cooper and baby boy, Beau.
Maui BordenLinebackers Coach
Coach Borden is back for a third year as linebackers coach at EC. He came to Eastside Catholic by way of Skyline High School, where he helped lead the 2012 team to a 14-0 record and 4A state championship. Prior to Skyline, Coach Borden coached at Eastlake and Puyallup High Schools. This will be his fourteenth year of coaching varsity football. Coach Borden played defensive end at Sacramento State where he was voted a captain his senior year. He was a unanimous First Team All-Conference player. While at Eastlake High School, he was a three-year All-KingCo player on both sides of the ball and was voted All-State as a senior. He still holds the career sack record at Eastlake High School. Coach Borden lives in Sammamish with his two daughters, Ka’iulani (12) and Makana (9) and works as a public speaker and team consultant for Proactive Coaching.
Dominic DasteOffensive Line and Strength and Conditioning Coach
Coach Daste has taken on the role as offensive line coach for the Crusaders after coaching strength and conditioning for the past three off-seasons at EC. He coaches strength and conditioning for all of our athletic teams as well as aiding in administrative duties in the Athletic Department. Coach Daste is originally from San Dimas, California where he attended Damien Catholic High School. After high school, he was a student-athlete at the University of Washington, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography in 2002. Coach Daste earned four letters in football from the University of Washington. During his six seasons as a player and coach, the UW went to a bowl game each year, including the 2001 Rose Bowl. From 2003-09, Coach Daste was an assistant football coach at the University of Montana where he also assisted with the strength and conditioning program. In 2010, he joined UNLV in Las Vegas as an assistant football and strength coach until 2014.
Lia FetuiDefensive Line Coach
Coach Fetui is back for his seventh season as an EC coach and his fifth as our varsity defensive line coach. His first two seasons at EC were spent as the head coach of our freshmen team. Prior to that, he served as head coach for the Sr. Division West Side Wildcats, where his team won back-to-back championships in the South King County Jr. Football League. Coach Fetui was born in America Samoa and raised in Seattle where he attended and played for West Seattle High School. He has been a great mentor for the Seattle Polynesian youths and tries to inspire them to be their best, on and off the field. He is married to Teresa Ann and has twin sons, Deion and Dominique, Class of 2015, are currently attending the United State Air Force Academy, where they also play football.
Corey GalvagnoOffensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach
Coach Galvago returns to the varsity coaching staff for his fifth year as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. A Class of 2006 EC alumni, he was a three-year Crusader football letterman. He was named the First Team All-Metro quarterback in 2005. During his senior year, he broke three school records: completions in a game (29), most completions in a season (131) and longest pass play. He and receiver Jason Butler also hold a 3A state record for most receptions by a player in one game (versus Mount Si). After graduation, he attended Washington State University where he studied English. He currently works as a sales rep for Cloud 9 Sports and recently was married to his lovely wife, Melissa.
Jason PalmerDefensive Backs Coach
Coach Palmer returns this season as our defensive backs coach. He joins EC from Redmond High School (RHS) where he spent the past eight years coaching defensive backs. Jason currently works as a special education teacher at RHS. In addition, Jason coaches wrestling and track and field specializing in pole vault. Coach Palmer graduated from RHS in 1996, where he was a three sport athlete (football, wrestling and soccer). Football was and still is his love. As a corner, he helped lead his team to the best record in Redmond football history. He was awarded Second Team All-KingCo DB and as a senior was voted to the All-Eastside team. Besides coaching football, Coach Palmer enjoys working out, riding his motorcycles in the summer and riding his snowmobile in the winter.
Greg PratorWide Receivers Coach
Coach Prator returns to Eastside Catholic this season as the wide receivers coach for the Crusaders. Prior to his previous stint coaching at EC, he coached at Interlake High School for two seasons. Coach Prator grew up in Riverside, California and graduated from Rubidoux High School. From there he went on to Chaffey Community College in Ontario, Canada where he played football until he was granted a football scholarship from Washington State University. He was a wide receiver for the Cougars and graduated from WSU in 2006. After graduation he played in the CFL for the Edmondton Eskimos. For more than ten years, Coach Prator has worked with children with special needs. He is currently a paraeducator at Sammamish High School and also coaches wrestling here at Eastside Catholic.
Jarrod RobertsHead Freshman Coach
Coach Roberts has coached football for over 13 years. Before coming to Eastside Catholic, he first started at Bellingham High School in 2004 and helped turn around the program under Head Coach Doug Trainor. While with the team, they went to three state playoff appearances. Before that, Coach Roberts played football here at Eastside Catholic (class of 2000) for Chuck Tarbox and Bill Marsh.
Head Football Coach Dominic Daste didn’t think he’d have a career in coaching after his playing days at the University of Washington.
Varsity boys basketball had a great run in the WIAA 3A Hardwood Classic State Basketball Tournament. They narrowly lost to O'Dea, the eventual state champion, in the semifinals before defeating Rainier Beach for third place.
Sophomore Shane Nowell met with the Tacoma News Tribune after the state quarterfinal win against Ingraham to break down the game.
Stacey Stoutt has accepted an offer to continue in her role as acting athletic director for the current school year and will take the helm as our athletic director effective July 1, 2019. Dominic Daste has accepted an offer to lead the Crusader football team as head football coach effective July 1, 2019.
Congratulations to our varsity boys swim team for their third place finish at the WIAA 3A State Swim Meet.
Congratulations to our varsity cheer squad who was awarded the 3A Academic State Championship for winter 2019 through the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Scholastic Awards Program.
Congratulations to Boys Basketball Coach Brent Merritt for being selected by The Seattle Times as one of the best high school coaches in the Seattle area for Winter 2019.
Congratulations to the following seniors who signed commitment letters to play their sport at the collegiate level on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.