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Rogers coach Matt Miethe addresses his team in the school's locker room after a season-ending loss to North Central, Nov. 7, 2013. Miethe has been hired as the offensive line coach at Whitworth. (Dan Pelle)

Matt Miethe leaves Rogers for Whitworth

Matt Miethe has always been a Pirate.

Miethe, the head football coach for the Rogers Pirates the last seven seasons, is returning to Whitworth as the offensive line coach.

Miethe has coached at Rogers, in one capacity or another, for the last 15 years. He returned to Rogers, where he attended high school and played football, following graduation from Whitworth in 1999.

Miethe becomes the fourth major coaching staff addition for new Whitworth head coach Rod Sandberg.

“I am so excited that God has called Matt to be part of our staff and he is an incredible fit for the vision we have for this program,” Sandberg said. “He is the kind of coach I would want my two boys to play for someday.”

Miethe will join fellow Greater Spokane League coaching alum Alan Stanfield on the offensive side of the ball. Stanfield, the former head coach at Shadle Park High School, was named Whitworth’s offensive coordinator on January 6th.

“I am really excited to work with Alan,” Miethe said. “We have gotten to know each other as 3A coaches in the GSL over the years and have already built up a relationship.”

Miethe was a four-year starting center for Whitworth during his playing career (1995-98). He was a two-time All-Northwest Conference honorable mention honoree.

“I look forward to being able to focus on one group,” Miethe said. “The line is a proud part of any football team. They celebrate their role as an anonymous, but incredibly important, piece of the team. I look forward to relating to those guys and building that bond.”

Miethe will continue to teach P.E. and weight room at Rogers. He also had been spending the spring seasons as the girls JV softball coach and winters as an assistant wrestling coach for the Pirates.

“The offensive line is a very hard position to coach,” Sandberg said. “Matt is able to be caring off the field, but a hard-nosed driver on the field. That is a rare combination and those are exactly the attributes needed to coach that position.”

Miethe and the Rogers football program were featured in a series of stories published in The Spokane Spokesman-Review this fall.