Issaquah High School Football
700 2nd Avenue SE
Issaquah, WA 98027
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The 2017 season marks Coach Bland's 28th as a high school coach and 19th as a head coach. He began his coaching career at Santa Ana High School in Santa Ana, CA, as a freshman football coach and varsity scout. He then spent five years at Orange High School in Orange, CA, the last three as head football coach. At Orange, Coach Bland assisted in guiding the 1990 team to a 2nd place CIF Division VIII finish and was head coach of the 1991 and 1992 Century championship teams. He then spent five years as head football coach at Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, WA before moving to Issaquah High School in 1999.

Coach Bland first tenure at Issaquah began in 1999 and continued until the 2005 football season. During that time, his 2002 and 2003 teams finished atop the KingCo 3A league as champions with the 2003 team finishing third in State with a 12-1 record. His teams have had multiple winning experiences against both Bellevue and Skyline High Schools.

Coach Bland assisted Steve Gervais in 2007 and Mat Taylor in 2008 as Skyline's offensive line coach. The combined record of both teams was a perfect 28-0 including two KingCo and two Washington State football titles. After a short hiatus, Coach Bland returned to Issaquah in 2011 and 2012 as an assistant coach responsible for the offensive line before once again taking over as the head coach in 2014.

Coach Bland has received numerous accolades for his work as a football coach including 1999, 2003 & 2015 KingCo Coach of the Year, 2015 Washington State Coaches Association District 8 Coach of the Year and the Seattle Seahawks Coach of the Week in 2002 & 2003.

Coach Bland has taught at Issaquah High School for 18 years and currently teaches physical education and the iVision video production program. He and his wife Barbara have been married for 28 years and have two children. Their son Austin, is currently a student in the Northwestern University Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling.  Their daughter, Victoria, is living near Tokyo and teaches English to elementary school-aged children.  


Position: Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers

Jason is entering his 2nd year at Issaquah High School and his 1st year as Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach. Previously Jason spent 6 years at Mercer Island, coaching Freshman football, Linebackers, Safeties and serving as the Defensive Coordinator. Prior to that Jason coached at Eastside Catholic School for 8 years, coaching Freshman football, Linebackers, and Offensive Line. Jason grew up in Newcastle and is the oldest of 4 boys who all played sports and attended Eastside Catholic. After high school Jason matriculated at Washington State University and is a proud Cougar.

“A football team needs players of all shapes, sizes, and skills to be successful. That is true of a football program as well, it takes all different types of people, players and coaches to make a program successful. That is why I believe football is the greatest team sport and a great vessel to teach life lesson to the young men in our program. Thank you for your support of the football program and high school athletics in general. I feel blessed to be a part of the Issaquah High School community.” –Coach Bean


This is Coach Brownell's 11th year coaching, having coached previously at three other high schools. First, with Eastside Catholic, as a freshman coach and the varsity defensive backs coach. Second, with Mercer Island, initially as the running backs and safeties coach, and then becoming the wide receivers coach. Finally, at Ballard High School, as the co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

This is his 1st year at Issaquah and he is excited to be a part of the program and the Issaquah football community. Coach Brownell grew up in Bellevue and currently lives in Issaquah. He attended Eastside Catholic High School and Washington State University with friend and fellow Issaquah coach Jason Bean.

Position: Defensive Backs & Safeties

Coach Tiernan played football and graduated from Bellarmine College Prep, in San Jose. The schools and teams following Bellarmine include: USNA (played 1 year), University of Santa Clara (where he was a four-year starter, letterman, and captain of the football team, a two-time 1st team Academic All-American and was awarded the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship). He also attended the USC School of Law and Harvard Business School, majoring in Law, Business and Political Science.

His coaching experience includes: Bellarmine College Prep CA, Secondary (1 year), University of Santa Clara CA, OLBs (1 year), Issaquah Youth Football DC (2 years) and Issaquah High School Varsity and Frosh (10 Years). Mark's professional life consists of: CEO Aegis Technologies Group (19 years), CEO Tiercel Security Solutions (2 years), Retired U.S. Navy Captain (32 years) and an Attorney, member of the Washington State Bar Association (28 years).

His son Ryan was a three year IHS football varsity letterman, an All-KingCo defensive back, and a member of the 2008 team that went to the 4A State championship game, and won the 4A Academic State Championship. He and his family have been going to Issaquah football games for more than fifteen years. It was a special thrill to watch Ryan and his friends grow up playing football, initially for Issaquah Youth, and ultimately Issaquah High. Coaches often speak of the impact that playing football in a quality football program might have on the development of a young man. As parents of a young man that was able to participate in an elite high school football program, they were able to experience first-hand the immense impact Issaquah Football had on their son and family.

Position: Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Line

This will be Coach Miller’s 1st year at IHS and his 21st overall. His last 20 years were at Newport HS (10 as asst. coach and 10 as Head coach from 2004-13). He’s originally from Everett and played football under legendary coach Terry Ennis at Cascade HS before moving on to play for CWU. Coach Miller was Kingco coach of the year in 2012. His teams have made numerous playoff appearances, won the Scholastic State Championship (highest team GPA in the state for 4A schools), and won the Kingco Sportsmanship Award. 5 former players are currently playing DIV I

Coach Miller is entering his 23rd year as a teacher at Newport HS. He and his wife Tanna have two children and live in Issaquah. Their daughter Paisley is a ’17 IHS grad and is currently attending college in Arizona. Their son Caden is a sophomore at IHS and is member of the football team. Coach Miller’s goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of those around him.

Position: Defensive Backs

This is his 5th year in coaching, his first year he was at Garfield high school as a volunteer where he helped with the defensive backs. The next season Coach Cloyd joined the Issaquah staff thanks in most part to his good friend and fellow coach Ian Bachman.

Coach Cloyd played football at Tahoma high school for long time head coach Tony Davis and his  position coach Curtis Bogan, who really planted the seed in his mind that he could become a good coach some day. During his time at Issaquah, he’s coached both defensive back positions and is focused on the corner position this season.

Coach Cloyd is also very excited to be the head JV coach this year, helping the program develop the younger less experienced players. As a WSU graduate, he still is a little uncomfortable wearing purple and gold but the kids and staff that surround him make it a little easier. GO EAGLES!

Position: Running Backs

Chicago Native - Chicago Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and White Sox Fan (“South-Sider”)

College & Major: U. of Tampa; BS in Business Finance & Management

Coaching Experience: High School & College Tennis, High School AAU Basketball, Little League & Sandy Koufax Baseball, President and Coach of Issaquah Youth Football

Outside of coaching – family life, hobbies, etc.: Skiing, Tennis, Golfing, Basketball, and Reading

Children: Adam (Oldest - played college football and now at UCLA Law School); Jordan (Middle - Plays and is starting goalie for Bellarmine University (D-1 College Lacrosse) and after undergrad, plans to follow in older brother’s footsteps and attend to law school); Jeremy (Youngest – plays football for our Freshman Team, basketball, & baseball). My wife, Kathy, is the most understanding woman in the world - she has four boys who are sports nuts. It’s been a blast coaching with all these Coaches. Our players have a close bond with each other and have a lot of potential and with the great group of coaches (new and old), hopefully, we’ll be able to have a successful season. It’s neat to be able to coach a bunch of talented and respectful young men who are eager to learn and play football.

Position: Offensive Line

Coach Bachman will be entering his 4th season coaching football at Issaquah High School. His first two years at Issaquah he worked as the JV head coach and an assistant coach on the offensive line. Since then, he has transitioned into his new role as the head offensive line coach.  In addition to coaching at IHS, this will be his 5th year teaching at IHS with a focus on Geometry and Pre-Calculus.  

Coach Bachman grew up in Maple Valley and played football for the Tahoma Bears. He is a graduate of Whitworth University with a Bachelor's in Mathematics.  

Position: Strength Coach

Coach D is committed to providing a safe, fun and disciplined approach to team training. Our program development works in close relationship with the schools, coaches and administration to develop a very specific training plan for your student athletes. If the expectations of our program are met by participants, athletes will gain improvements in athleticism and team synergy.

Thank you Issaquah HS football program for your continued trust in allowing Coach D to train and coach your student athletes!

Issaquah Eagles Varsity
700 2nd Avenue SE
Issaquah WA 98027
Phone: 425-837-6006
A.D.: Luke Ande
Principal: Andrea McCormick
Coach: Buddy Bland