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Highline High School hires former University of Washington running back Deontae Cooper to be next football coach

Highline High School has hired former University of Washington running back Deontae Cooper as its next football coach.

Cooper announced the news on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

Cooper spent a year as an assistant coach Michael Kneip, who also played for Washington, at Bellevue High School. The team went 12-1 and made the 3A state semifinals, where it lost to eventual state champion Eastside Catholic.

At Washington, Cooper came in as a heralded recruit in Steve Sarkisian’s first season but saw the field in just three of his six years as a Husky during a stretch that was marred by multiple season-ending injuries. He became beloved by many Husky fans.

Seeking a fresh start and a bigger role on the field, he transferred to San Jose State as a redshirt senior in 2016. That year was his most productive: 112 carries, 484 yards and two touchdowns.

He now takes over a Highline program (2A South Puget Sound League) seeking its first winning season in years. The Pirates went 4-6, 2-5 2A SPSL last season.

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