Zac Farnam’s high school football coach helped put him on the right track.
The 33-year-old Washington native hopes he can have the same influence at Caldwell High.
Farnam was hired as the Cougars’ varsity football coach Monday, pending approval by the Caldwell School District’s board of trustees.
He replaces Zach McGee, who stepped down after six seasons as the head coach and 10 total years in the program.
“I was one of those high school kids who struggled, getting in trouble and I was kind of a clown,” Farnam said. “I had a football coach who helped me learn how to become a man and a good person.”
Farnam has spent the past five seasons as the head coach at Newport High in Washington, where he compiled an overall record of 17-32. The Knights went 5-5 in 2016 and ended a long playoff drought.
Before Newport, Farnam was the defensive coordinator at Deer Park (Wash.) for six seasons.
“I’m not going to bring some crazy offense or this awesome defense,” Farnam said. “I bring the attitude of I try to develop the person first. I feel like once you develop character and you teach kids how to be successful as people and not just as football players. You take care of those big things, and the little things like winning football games start taking place.”
Farnam was originally hired in January as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator, but when McGee resigned, Farnam applied for the position.
The Cougars have not had a winning season since 2005.
“I know it’s going to be a challenge, but that is something I look forward to,” Farnam said. “I enjoy the grind of football.”
Farnam began his collegiate career as a cornerback at Eastern Washington before transferring to Whitworth for his final three years of eligibility.
His wife, Megan, is a Centennial High graduate.
“We are excited to welcome Coach Farnam and his wife to the Cougar family,” Caldwell High Athletic Director Josh Hegstad said. “He is a great addition to the coaching staff as well as the faculty here at Caldwell High. He will be dedicated to the development of all of our student athletes.”