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Tag: Coach


Boys basketball: Mount Rainier hires Ken Bush as head coach

Ken Bush has been hired as the head boys basketball coach at Mount Rainier High. Bush has been an assistant with the Rams for four seasons and played at Seattle University from 1992-96.

“Ken’s basketball background along with his direct experience with the program should serve to ease the transition to a new head coach,” said Terri McMahan, Highline School District athletic director. “We believe he will build upon the foundation established by Bryan Johnson and continue to improve the program. Ken is a solid individual with a well-designed plan aimed at improving our student athletes both on and off

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Football: Beamer hires Darren McKay as head football coach

Less than a week after Beamer High opened up a search for a football head coach, the hunt is over.

The Titans filled the vacancy with a big-name hire, choosing former Gig Harbor High coach Darren McKay.

“I’m excited and happy,” McKay said. “Unless something opened up late I expected to be teaching at Gig Harbor next year and taking the year off from coaching.”

McKay marveled at the speed of the interview process.

“It moved incredibly fast,” he said
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Football: South Kitsap hires Eric Canton to lead Wolves

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.
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Football: Foss hires Pat Johnson as head coach

Pat Johnson knew he wanted to become a head football coach when he was in 11th grade at Lakes High, playing under Lancers coach Dick Zatkovich.

Thirteen years later, Johnson will get the opportunity.

Johnson was announced Wednesday as the head football coach at Foss High.

“They don’t come better than coach Johnson,” Foss principal Bonnie McGuire said.
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Lincoln alum Jon Kitna expected to be new Abes football coach

Jon Kitna played the first four seasons of a 15-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks.

Lincoln High alum Jon Kitna returned to his alma mater on Monday, starting a part-time teaching position.

Could the 15-year NFL quarterback fill the Abes’ head football coach vacancy, too?

“Nothing is set in stone,” a source said, “but you can connect the dots.”

One thing’s for sure: no announcement will come before Wednesday. That’s when the football coaching position closes.

Lincoln athletic director Char Davenport confirmed Kitna had applied for the coaching job and that she was not aware of any other applicants.
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