New Juanita football coach Jared Carter with his oldest daughter Addison. Courtesy photo

New Juanita football coach Jared Carter with his oldest daughter Addison. Courtesy photo

Carter takes over head coaching reins for Juanita High varsity football

He was formerly part of LW’s coaching staff.

Juanita High has selected Jared Carter as its new varsity head football coach for the fall season.

“Coach Carter brings energy and passion for both football and the Juanita community,” reads a press release from the Juanita athletics department.

Carter — who currently teaches physical education at Juanita — spent the last four years as the defensive coordinator and associate head coach at Lake Washington High, earning 3A KingCo Assistant Football Coach of the Year honors in 2017.

“I feel extremely fortunate for this opportunity. Juanita is the community in which I live, it really is a special situation. I see a ton of potential in these kids and look forward to getting this thing started,” said Carter, adding that members of his coaching staff have local ties and are committed to making a positive impact on the players and building a close-knit squad.

“Our coaching style will be positive, fast paced and fun. Our expectations in the classroom, community and on the field will be high, but I have no doubt that these kids will meet our expectation,” Carter said.

He was born and raised in Walla Walla and competed in football, wrestling and baseball at Walla Walla High before attending Central Washington University and continuing his football career at outside linebacker.

Following graduation, he worked in the transportation industry while earning his master’s degree in teaching.

Carter, his wife Amy, daughters Addison and Blakely and son Crew live in the Finn Hill neighborhood.

“It was important to both the JHS administration and the community that we bring in someone that not only coaches football at a high level, but is immersed in our community and understands the power of education-based athletics. We are excited to have coach Carter lead this program,” the release reads.

During the first week of December 2018, Juanita High administrators and athletic director Jason Thurston decided to make a varsity football head coaching leadership change for next season, according to the Lake Washington School District.

Carter replaces Lele Te’o, who led the Rebels for four seasons and compiled a record of 18-23 overall and 9-12 in league. He was named 3A KingCo coach of the year in 2017.

“All Lake Washington School District coaches work under seasonal contracts and are reviewed on a yearly basis for continued employment. Decisions to hire and retain coaches are made at the school level,” the district said in an email to the Reporter and added that they notified parents and students of the change.

In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

WIAA delays start dates for fall sports

Football practices to begin Sept. 5, all other sports planned for Sept. 7.

Northwest University’s Ford signs with Seattle Mountaineers

The 6-foot-6-inch forward ended his senior season as the No. 1 rebounder in the nation with 12.03 rebounds per game.

Northwest’s volleyball team stays connected during trying times

The squad has been using Zoom to hold weekly meetings during which they check in and pray for each other if needed.

No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

There’s still hope for spring sports, WIAA announces

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association making contingency plans for high school sports competitions after extension of stay home order.

The WIAA announced Wednesday that if schools reopen at the conclusion of the six-week statewide shutdown ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, then the state championships will go on as planned. (WIAA photo)
WIAA still hoping to hold state championships in May

But if the school shutdown extends past April 24, those championships could be in jeopardy.

Athletic practices and competitions cancelled through April 24 due to coronavirus outbreak

By Andy Nystrom and Benjamin Olson Gov. Jay Inslee announced on March… Continue reading

Games are being postponed in response to coronavirus outbreak

In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, Eastside schools are taking precautions… Continue reading

Kangs fall to Bulldogs in championship game

Lake Washington finished in second place at the 3A state basketball tournament.

Kangs reach 3A state tournament final on Saturday

LW defeats Eastside Catholic in semifinals.

Kangs advance to the semifinals at the Dome

LW beats Mt. Spokane and faces top-seeded Eastside Catholic next.