High School Sports

Tahoma coach Tom Milligan resigns 2 years after winning 4A state softball title

Tahoma softball coach Tom Milligan has resigned after 12 years in the program, including the school’s second state title when the Bears won the 4A championship in 2015.

Milligan coached Tahoma through six consecutive state tournament appearances, making it one of the most predominant softball programs since 2010.

The reason, he said, is that he is looking forward to a break from coaching to spend more time with his family, and to focus on his new job as a health and physical education teacher at Tahoma Junior High.

“I did a lot of soul searching,” Milligan said. “You can’t expect the kids to pour out as much as they have into this program and not live that yourself.”

Milligan began his coaching career in baseball the year after he graduated from Central Washington University, where he was a standout outfielder. He then coached four years of softball at Thomas Jefferson before spending the past 12 at Tahoma.

Tahoma went 24-4 last season and reached the state playoffs despite losing Seattle U signee Carly Nance to a season-ending injury. Milligan was 211-128 at Tahoma.

“The hardest thing is where do you go out at?” Milligan said. “I got two seniors who started with me as freshmen. No kid wants that to be your last year, they want you to go out with them.

“But at the start of last season I could tell right away it was different for me. I didn’t feel the same. You got to bring your A-game and I didn’t feel like I was.”

Tahoma athletic director Tony Davis said those interested in the position should contact him.

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Tom Milligan coached the Tahoma softball team to six consecutive trips to the 4A state tournament, including the state title in the 2014-15 season. He was 211-128 at Tahoma.

2015-16 — DNP

First round: Richland, 16-0 L

Consolation: Jackson, 9-2 L

2014-15 — State champions

First round: Moses Lake, 7-4 W

Quarterfinals: Snohomish, 7-6 W

Semifinals: Camas, 3-2 W

Championship: Richland, 9-1 W

2013-14 — DNP

First round: Redmond, 15-5 W

Quarterfinals: Walla Walla, 5-1, L

Consolation: Richland, 19-4, L

2012-13 — Third place

First round: Richland, 7-5 L

Consolation: Emerald Ridge, 4-3 W

Consolation: Moses Lake, 10-0 W

Consolation: Central Valley, 5-1 W

Consolation: Richland, 4-2 W

Consolation: Woodinville, 7-4 W

2011-12 — DNP

First round: Richland, 3-1 L

Consolation: Inglemoor, 10-4 W

Consolation: Bothell, 10-5 W

Consolation: Monroe, 11-1 L

2010-11 — DNP

First round: Arlington, 6-3 W

Quarterfinals: Woodinville, 6-0 L

Consolation: Thomas Jefferson, 19-7 W

Consolation: Wenatchee, 11-6 L