By Mike Maltais

Brian Wilbur, former quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for the Liberty Bell High School varsity football team, has been hired as the new varsity head coach for the 2014 football season, and LBHS alumnus Cameron Rickett will come on board as the new assistant coach.

Wilbur, 27, a resident of the valley for the past five years, grew up playing football in Ferndale, a community he describes as “very passionate about football.”

After graduating from Ferndale High School, Wilbur attended the University of North Carolina where he quarterbacked the school’s club team. Wilbur also took the snap for the Montpellier Hurricanes in France and the Granada Lions in Spain.

“I have been splitting my time between the valley and those three places for a while now,” Wilbur said. “I’m excited to start this next step and be in the valley full time and to help this football program realize its potential.”

Rickett, 23, was born in Tacoma and moved to the Methow when he was about 4 years old. The son of Kathleen Calvin and Doc Rickett, he was introduced to sports at a young age.

“I started off with soccer until I was introduced to football and then played football ever since,” Rickett said. “Football has always been my passion; I love the game.”

Rickett’s favorite assignment is defensive back, a position he played from the seventh through 12th grades.

“I even tried out for the Spokane Wolf Pack, a semi-pro team, and could have started and played there if I hadn’t moved back to the valley,” Rickett said.

“I like working with the players and seeing their strong points and what position they can excel in,” Rickett said recently, “I want people to want to watch us and watch us win, all while having fun.”