He spent last two years as Pioneers' QB and DB coach

EVERSON ­— Nooksack Valley High School named Craig Bartl as its new varsity football coach Sunday morning, according to an email from athletic director Tom Harmon.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” Bartle said in a phone call Monday. “I live in the community and it’s a great community to build upon."

Selected by the Pioneers’ hiring committee, Bartl takes over for previous coach Robb Myhre, who resigned in November after 20 years at the helm. Myhre was the one who succeeded Bartl in 2000, after Bartl spent one year as the head coach before taking the same position at Bellingham High School for two seasons.

Bartl had a 6-3 record that year in 1999 and was also the varsity baseball coach for the Pioneers. After Bellingham, he was the quarterback’s coach over a five-year stint at Ferndale in the mid-2000s, during former NFL quarterback Jake Locker’s state title run.

He was quarterback at Sehome High School in the early 1990s, graduating in 1991. He has a 10-17 overall head coaching record in his three seasons, according to Whatcom County Football.

Bartl has served as the quarterbacks and defensive backs coach the last two seasons at Nooksack. He's lived in the community for the past 20 years and his daughter is a freshman at Nooksack Valley High School.

“I know the kids, the staff,” Bartl said. “It’s an easy transition.”

He’s now taking over a Pioneers team that went 3-7 overall and 0-6 in Northwest Conference play in 2019, missing the playoffs.

There won’t be any far-reaching changes to the offensive and defensive systems Myhre had in place, he said. He credited Myhre, who racked up 107 career wins and a state semifinal appearance, for laying a solid foundation for him to work with.

“Rob’s done a great job,” Bartl said. “There’s not a lot of rebuilding to be done. I know the kids. It’s an easy transition.”

Bartl said he’s most excited about making a difference in his player’s lives.

“The opportunity to be with kids, to be a part of their lives,” Bartl said. “It’s about building character and athletic and academic abilities.”