Todd Gladsjo Named NBMS/HS Football Program Head Coach
North Beach Middle/High School Principal Russell Evans announced July 23 that Todd Gladsjo will step into the role of head coach of the the Hyaks football program. At just 26 years old, Gladsjo has accumulated substantial coaching knowledge, and something of even more value: A deep understanding and compassion for the young people he coaches and teaches.
“To be a head coach is something I’ve always dreamed of,” Gladsjo says. He already has eight years of coaching experience, most recently serving as offensive coordinator for the Hyaks under former head coach Jamie Moodenbaugh for two years. Prior to that, he was on the coaching staff with the Hoquiam High School football team, following his own graduation from that school in 2013. Gladsjo credits Moodenbaugh with being a “wonderful mentor” who taught him much of what he knows.
Students and the community will recognize Gladsjo from other involvement in North Beach School District, as well. He coached middle school track and the elementary sports program this past year, and also substitute teaches in the district. He is working on a teaching degree in elementary education with a special education certificate, and plans to pursue a master’s degree.
A “Grays Harbor kid” all his life, Gladsjo knows about more than football. He knows the challenges faced by young people in the area, including the effects of poverty and the lack of entry-level job opportunities.
It’s important for those kids to have a positive presence in their lives, Gladsjo says, adding that he strives to be a strong advocate for improving the lives of students and community. That often takes the form of giving them good advice on how to take steps forward in their lives, rather than back.
Discussing his goals for the school’s football program, Gladsjo says his first focus is to help get students excited again – not just about football, although he counts increasing turnout for the program as part of that goal -- but for school and their futures. “North Beach staff are asking how to help kids develop a sense of direction, and to get them thriving in academics.” The pandemic has led to a lot of apathy, he reflects. “We want to try to reinvigorate the feeling of community, to get them excited again.”
“If we can meet those goals, the team’s wins and losses will take care of themselves,” he emphasizes.
“North Beach High School football is in great hands with Coach Gladsjo at the helm,” Principal Evans adds. “His passion and dedication to growing our Hyaks is exciting to see in action. His focus on building a solid football program while also building champions on the field and in the classroom is truly commendable. I am looking forward to seeing our middle and high school Hyaks come out for football this fall with Coach Gladsjo!”