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Auvinen new football coach

Jeff Auvinen
Jeff Auvinen

Of the Keizertimes

At a team meeting Monday, March 2, Jeff Auvinen was announced as the Celtic football program’s new head coach.

Auvinen, 48, has taught at McNary High School for 25 years and coached at some level in many sports for 23 of them.

In football, Auvinen has served as varsity defensive coordinator, defensive back coach, head junior varsity coach, junior varsity offensive coordinator, freshman offensive coordinator and freshman head coach.

He also led the Lady Celt softball team for six years, assistant coached the junior varsity basketball team for four years and was head coach of the Lynnwood High School baseball program for a year. McNary administrators received applications from as far away as Montana and Nevada before selecting Auvinen.

“From that we found a candidate that we felt strongly about and it was a unanimous decision by the interviewing committee,” said Erik Jesperson, McNary principal.

For more on the new coach and player reaction, please see the full story on Page A10.