WALLA WALLA -- Eric Hisaw has been named the new head football coach at Walla Walla High School.
The school board made the decision at Tuesday night's meeting.
Hisaw, who has taught physical education at Walla Walla High School since 1997, has previous high school football coaching experience.
He was selected by a committee of eight, led by Principal Pete Peterson and Assistant Superintendent Laure Quaresma. A four student advisory committee also interviewed the candidates and gave their comments to the hiring team, said the release.
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Hisaw was the quarterback, linebacker, wide receiver and defensive back assistant football coach for the Blue Devils from 1997 to 2006.
He also was the offensive coordinator at East Valley High School in Spokane in 1996. Hisaw will continue serving as the head track and field coach at Walla Walla High School.
"Eric Hisaw has demonstrated his knowledge and motivational skills as a part of the Walla Walla High School football program, as head track coach, and most importantly as a successful teacher," Principal Pete Peterson said in a news release. "There is no doubt that he is ready for this challenge, and we are excited to have him in this new role."
Hisaw was a standout high school quarterback and track and field athlete at Cheney High School. He received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Idaho where he was a two-year starting quarterback for the Vandals in 1994 and 1995.
He was the 1995 Big Sky All-League quarterback. Hisaw was also on the University of Idaho track and field team as a hurdler and was the 1996 Big Sky 55 Meter Hurdle Champion.
Hisaw earned his bachelor's in Physical Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Idaho. And he was on the University of Idaho's Dean's List and named to the Big Sky All-Academic Team in football and track. He received a master's with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Eastern Washington University.
"I'm excited about the opportunities and challenges of this position as it has been a dream of mine for a long time," Hisaw said in the release. "I want the program to continue to be strong and have a positive feel for the community so they can be proud of the kids who are playing for them on Friday nights."
Hisaw is a collegiate men's and women's basketball official, the men's and women's swimming strength and conditioning coach at Whitman College and is the director of the Blue Devil Athletic Development summer program.
Hisaw, an Eagle Boy Scout, volunteers as a youth coach for the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation soccer program and the Walla Walla YMCA grade school basketball program. He also volunteers at the Christian Aid Center and for Boy Scouts of America as an assistant den leader.