Silas High School hires new football coach



Silas athletic director Johnny Lee didn’t have to look far in his search for the school’s next head football coach. Head track coach Cameron Rogers will be the new head of the football program, Lee announced Tuesday morning.

Rogers, 38, is no stranger to Silas (formerly Wilson High School). He graduated from the school in 2002 and coached as an assistant under longtime Rams football coach Don Clegg from 2007 to 2015. He also teaches English at the high school.

“The big thing for me was sense of community,” Rogers said of taking the job. “My kids are growing up, becoming even more involved in the community. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to dig my roots in a little bit more, be even more involved. As head track coach, I’ve already had that opportunity.”

Rogers replaces Amad Robinson, after he was let go by the school.

According to Lee, 16 of the 24 head coaches in the Silas athletic department are alumni of the school. That connection is important to the Silas administration.

“He’s a community guy,” Lee said. “A long-term supporter of Silas/Wilson athletics. He was a three-sport athlete back in the day, very successful at Linfield. Community driven, teaches in the building. Just an all-around good guy.”

Rogers was a freshman when the Marcus Trufant-led 1998 Wilson team reached the state tournament semifinals. He had jaw surgery before his freshman year and didn’t play that year, but he had a front-row view of what winning football looked like at Wilson.

“The biggest thing, everyone enjoyed being around each other, took a lot of pride being affiliated with the Wilson Rams,” he said. “We wanted to be on campus, really enjoyed each other and representing our school and community.”

From Clegg, Rogers said he saw a model of consistency.

“Just the level of commitment that’s required,” he said. “The level of time, devotion to developing players. Needing to be flexible, but also needing to be consistent. He was always around. He was never inaccessible to players, but he didn’t require then to make football their complete life. Athletics aren’t all your life should be.”

Silas went 4-5 last season and 1-4 in the 3A Pierce County League. Rogers faces a challenging task in a league with established powers. Lincoln, under coach Masaki Matsumoto, has been a consistent playoff contender and Lakes, under longtime coach Dave Miller, has churned out plenty of talented, state tournament teams over the years. Spanaway Lake, under Cameron Robak, has also surged the past couple of years.

“The biggest thing for getting more competitive is establishing an identity,” Rogers said. “Once we do that, we can kind of take ownership and focus on the execution of that. Not fearing other schools, respecting cultures that have been built at other schools, but also building our own culture.”

As with any almost any new hire, Rogers is full of optimism, excited for the opportunity and challenges ahead.

“This is such a great community,” he said. “I’m excited to see what happens in the future with how much stronger this community can get, how much more involved students can become with multiple sports, try to establish athletic leaders in the classroom, reach out andd build relationships.”

This story was originally published May 24, 2022 7:16 PM.

Jon Manley covers high school sports for The News Tribune. A McClatchy President’s Award winner and Gonzaga University graduate, Manley has covered the South Sound sports scene since 2013. Born and raised in Tacoma.

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