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Bellevue's Butch Goncharoff applies for coaching job in California | Football

He hasn't been offered and says he doesn't know if he would accept, but the Wolverines' coach is going through "the process" of looking into another job.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Butch Goncharoff just wanted to go through the process.

Since the Bellevue High School football coach was hired in 2000, he hasn't applied for another job. He has been approached often, but never took the next step.

When the head coaching job came open at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif., he decided to take a look. Responding to a blog report in the Los Angeles Times, Goncharoff confirmed he has applied for the position, which opened after the school fired Jim Kunau in January. Kunau had coached the program for 19 years.

"I've never gone through the process before," said Goncharoff, whose Bellevue teams have won nine state titles in 11 years. "There's nothing about Bellevue I'm displeased about. It's awesome. The community is great. The school is great. My situation is unbelievable. I just want to put myself out there, take a look at it."

Orange Lutheran is a private school. It's a different situation and Goncharoff said it gave him a chance to be "uncomfortable" by exploring something new.

However, he never intended it to become big news.

"That turned into World War III when it got out," Goncharoff said. "I was a little stunned. I've never said I'm leaving. I'm just going through the process, for whatever that's worth."

Even if he is offered the job, Goncharoff said he doesn't know if he would leave Bellevue.

The Wolverines will be the Class 3A state favorites again in 2012 with 15 returning starters. Many think next season's team could be one of the most talented in school history.

"There's nothing to report," Goncharoff said. "I'm going to go through (the process) and see. ... I'm going to go through it and check it out, because I've never done it."

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