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FWay baseball coach heading to Enumclaw
By CASEY OLSON
The most successful coach in the history of the Federal Way High School baseball program is moving on.
Eagle head coach Eric Fiedler has accepted the same position at Enumclaw High School. Fiedler leaves after eight years at the helm of the program and 14 total years at Federal Way.
My family is the main reason, Fiedler said Tuesday after letting the current Eagle team know about his departure. Federal Way is a great place to coach and teach, but this is a new challenge on the horizon and Im excited about it.
Fiedler grew up in Olympia in the 1980s and wants his family, which includes wife, Robyn, and daughters, Alexandra (10) and Samantha (3), to grow up in that same small-town atmosphere.
I know that his family wants to live in a rural setting, said Federal Way athletic director Bob France. And Enumclaw offers that in the Puget Sound area. I wish him all the best in the future.
France posted the head baseball coaching position on Wednesday and a decision could be made in the next couple weeks about Fiedlers replacement. His two assistant coaches, Danny Graham and Dave Ditlifson, are the two leading candidates.
For sure, those two have the inside track, France said. They are two excellent assistants. But we will give all the applicants an equal chance. The program will be in good hands.
Both of them get my recommendation, Fiedler said. Either one would be a great way to go.
Fiedler does admit that the timing of his departure is not the best, coming just two weeks after eight varsity baseball players were suspended for five days after attending a party where alcohol was present. The party suspensions contributed to the Eagles missing the postseason for the first time since 2000.
The Sunday night before I found out about the suspensions is when my wife and I decided that if I was offered the job, I would acccept it, Fiedler said. (The suspensions) had nothing at all to do with it. There really isnt a thing with my current job that I was unhappy with. Its just a new challenge.
I want to get the Enumclaw baseball program going in a different direction.
Thats exactly what Fiedler did when he took over the Eagle coaching duties before the 1998 season. Federal Way finished just 2-15 in 1997 and were 5-15 in Fiedlers first season. The turnaround started in 1999, when the Eagles finished in third place in the SPSL, earning a postseason berth. A run of five-straight SPSL South titles followed, starting in 2000.
During his tenure at Federal Way, Fiedler led the Eagles to a career record of 126-53 and three straight state-championship game appearances. Federal Way won the Class 4A title in 2001 and finished second in 2002 and 03 and has produced eight Division I or professional