Mickey Ahrens will soon hit the gridiron as Redmond High’s new head football coach.
He takes the reins from Jason Rimkus, who helmed the team for the last five seasons.
“I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to lead the Redmond football program. This is an incredible high school and it really is an honor to be given this responsibility,” Ahrens said.
Redmond High conducted an extensive search process to land Ahrens, who “brings energy, passion and a commitment to educational athletics to the Mustang program,” according to a press release.
During his career, Ahrens has coached at Pacific Lutheran University, Franklin Pierce High, Stadium High and Lakes High. While running the Franklin Pierce program, he was named coach of the year in 2016 and led his squad to three consecutive state playoff appearances.
Ahrens grew up on the Eastside and has always admired Redmond High’s community within and around the school.
“I just think that a strong football program, where the game is taught and played the right way from youth through high school, is great for every community. To have the chance to lead that here at Redmond High School is an amazing opportunity,” he said.
The new Redmond coach added that the Mustang staff is going to create a culture with a champion’s mindset.
“Ultimately, my philosophy is that we’re going to do what it takes to be the best, and we’re going to have fun while we do it,” he said.
Rimkus resigned in November citing personal reasons, namely aiming to better balance his work and life. He will continue to teach health and work as the health department chair at Redmond High.