South Kitsap has hired Eric Canton, a longtime assistant at SK, to be the Wolves head football coach.
On Thursday afternoon, SK athletic director Ed Santos put out this press release:
The South Kitsap School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Eric Canton as head coach of the South Kitsap High School Football Program. The selection committee was impressed with the qualifications of all the applicants.
Eric Canton is a 1986 South Kitsap High School graduate, and is only the second South Kitsap High School alum to be the head football coach for the Wolves. The previous alum was Maynard Lundberg, who coached South in the 1930s.
Canton brings with him impressive football credentials including 18 years of high school coaching experience, 15 years as an assistant coach, and 3 years as a head coach. Canton had an opportunity to be an assistant coach for previous South Kitsap head coaches, Ed Fisher and DJ Sigurdson.
On the field, he had an impressive playing career. At South, Canton played both quarterback and safety. He was an all-league selection for three years and was named an all-state defensive back his junior season and all-American defensive back his senior year. Canton still holds the South Kitsap single season record with 13 interceptions.
After high school, Canton went on to play quarterback, defensive back and punter at the University of Washington.
Director of Athletics, Ed Santos is both excited and eager to watch the South Kitsap Football program flourish under Canton. “Eric is a product of South Kitsap Football and understands how important a successful program is to our community.”
“We are extremely excited to have someone of Eric’s caliber to take the reigns of our program. Eric possesses a vast knowledge of the game and a great understanding of what is ‘South Kitsap Football’.” stated South Kitsap Principal, Jerry Holsten.