Chris Paulson says every football coach has a “dream job” list.
And one of the openings he always said he would have to take a look at is the job he accepted Friday — head coach at Curtis High School.
Paulson, 32, spent the past five seasons as the coach at Kentlake High School. He takes over for Clay Angle, who retired in December.
“To me, it was always a job that you look at,” Paulson said. “I was happy at Kentlake — we had something going. It was a great place to work. But there is always that list you have in your head of places that are dream jobs.”
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As much as he coveted the Curtis position, he still needed to consult his father-in-law on whether to apply.
It just so happens that voice of reason is former University of Puget Sound and current Auburn High School football coach Gordon Elliott.
“Obviously Curtis has community support that is different than in other places,” Paulson said.
Paulson has had South King County ties for much of his life. He played at Auburn Riverside High School. And he was the coach at Mount Rainier and Kentlake, where he won an SPSL North title in 2011, led the team to the playoffs three times and compiled a 31-20 record.
Paulson had two interviews at Curtis in the past week and was offered the job Thursday night. He accepted Friday.
After that, Paulson — who played linebacker at Washington State University — met with his players at Kentlake later Friday. He called it the “toughest thing I have ever had to do in my coaching career. It was very emotional and difficult.”
Paulson’s hiring still has to be approved at the University Place School District board meeting Wednesday.