Beamer hires Abe as interim football coach to replace Zatkovich

Mirror staff

Gem Abe has been named interim head football coach at Todd Beamer High School.

Abe has been an assistant coach at various schools, primarily with Dick Zatkovich. He came to Beamer last fall when Zatkovich took over the struggling program, which was 1-9 in 2005. The Titans finished 5-5 last season.

Zatkovich announced in February he was retiring to deal with some family health issues. Abe, who was offensive and defensive line coach last season, decided to apply for the head-coaching position. Abe coached with Zatkovich at Lakes and Lincoln high schools before coming to Beamer.

According to Beamer athletic director Jerry Peterson, the interim tag is the best fit for the school right now, and Abe will have an opportunity to apply for the position next fall and be evaluated as a permanent coach at the end of the football season. Abe has expressed that he would like to fill the head coaching position at the school in the long term.

Abe, 41, played football for Zatkovich at Hudtloff Junior High School and calls him his mentor. He played at Steilacoom High School and was manager for the football team at Washington State for four years. Abe also has been a volunteer coach at WSU and Western Washington.

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