Top Camas football coach resigns

Jon Eagle, who led the Papermakers to two state championships in 2016 and 2019, has accepted an assistant coaching job at Portland State University

Camas High School head football coach Jon Eagle holds the trophy high as his team celebrates its 4A state championship win at the Tacoma Dome on Dec. 3, 2016 (Post-Record files)

Jon Eagle has resigned as Camas High School’s head football coach.

Eagle, who led the Papermakers to 4A state championships in 2016 and 2019, has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Portland State University football team.

“We are very excited that coach Eagle has this opportunity to move onto the next level, and I can think of nobody more deserving,” Camas High Athletic Director Rory Oster stated in a news release. “I have not come across a stronger leader of young men than coach Eagle, and we are all in support of his next challenge.”

Eagle has served as the Papermakers’ head coach since 2008. Under his leadership, the Papermakers football team won 85 percent of the games they played (127-22), earned nine league titles and made it to the state championship game three times. 

“It will be a loss we will feel deeply throughout our community here in Camas,” Oster said. “(Eagle) is a future Washington State Coaches Association Hall of Famer, and a leader who meant so much to our kids, our school and our entire community.”

Jack Hathaway will serve as the Papermakers’ interim head coach for the 2021-22 season. Hathaway, a physical education teacher at Camas High, has been an assistant under Eagle for seven seasons, and served as the head football coach at Heritage High School in Vancouver from 2011 to 2013.