History of Head Coaches at Tahoma High School

1967- 1968 Don Turk and Bob Carson

1969-1983 Al Divina

1984 Ron Ellis

1985 - 2001 Brian Higa

2002 - 2004 Doug Pecha

2005 - Present Chris Feist


Chris Feist

Coach Feist is entering his 15th year as the Head Coach of the Tahoma Bears. Coach Feist also served as an Assistant Coach for the Bears for four years prior to taking over the Head Coaching position. Chris was a state champion for Fife High School in 1995. He went on to be an All-American for Central Washington University. In his time at Tahoma as Head Coach, Chris has coached the Bears to a top ten finish in all but one year, including winning the State Championship in 2012 and 2017. He has coached 20 State Champions and 83 state placers in his time at Tahoma. The Bears have went undefeated in league since the 2008-2009. Chris currently serves as the Associate Principal of Tahoma High School. 

Coach Feist’s Goals:

1.     Continue to align philosophy, goals and technique for Wolf Pack Jr. Wrestling, TSD Middle Schools, Bear Claw Freestyle Club and Tahoma High School Wrestling so our athletes will experience smooth transitions.

2.     Increase athletes’ classroom and athletic performance with a training plan that incorporates sound technique, goal setting, top physical training, good nutrition and an emphasis on sportsmanship.

3.     Create opportunities for Tahoma athletes to grow through community contributions.

4.     Continually work to improve communication and connections with: athletes, the student-body, boosters, alumni, parents, teaching staff and other THS teams. 

Assistant Coaches

Boomer Burnham

Coach Burnham is entering his 14th year as an Assistant Coach for the Bears. 


Bryce Evans

Coach Evans will be entering his second season with the Bears. A former Bear Claw member and multiple-time state finalist for Rogers High School of Puyallup.


Gene Hopkins

Coach Hopkins is entering his 11th year as an Assistant Coach for the Bears. Coach Hopkins had two boys, Matt and Steven who were both multiple time state placers for the Bears and both went on to wrestle in college. Matt Hopkins currently wrestles for Great Falls and Steven Hopkins is a member of the US Navy. 


Joey Palmer

Coach Palmer will enter his first year as a Coach of the Tahoma Bears. A two-time state champion, Joey went on to wrestle for Oregon State University. Joey was a PAC-12 Champion his senior year missing All-American status by one match. Joey is also a first year teacher, teaching special education at Tahoma High School


Mike Seger

Coach Seger is entering his 13th year as an Assistant Coach for the Bears. Coach Seger is a Tahoma graduate and also teaches social studies at Tahoma high school.


Edwin Torres

Coach Torres is entering his 4th season as an Assistant Coach for the Bears. Coach Torres is a Tahoma graduate and Tahoma Wrestling State Placer. Coach Torres wrestled for Highline College and is currently doing his student teaching in the Tahoma School District where he plans to be an elementary teacher.