Vartanian is new football coach at South Kitsap

PORT ORCHARD — Cory Vartanian, previously assistant football coach at South Kitsap High School, has been chosen to succeed Gavin Kralik as the Wolves’ head football coach.

The announcement was made by Karst Brandsma, South Kitsap School District superintendent, in a May 15 news release.

Vartanian had been second in command to Kralik for seven seasons until the head coach resigned March 30. He also coached in various capacities for the Wolves, including as linebackers coach, offensive line coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, wide receivers and tight ends coach. The veteran coach also led the Wolves’ boys varsity soccer team for five years.

Vartanian also coached in the college ranks. He was special teams coordinator at the University of Rochester and offensive assistant – special teams at North Dakota State, where he received his bachelor of science degree in sport and recreational management.

He also is assigned to Orchard Heights Elementary as a special education para-educator. Amy Miller, the district’s communications specialist, said Vartanian will transition to South Kitsap High for the 2017-18 school year.

“The interview process was well thought out, and very thorough,” Vartanian said. “I’m very thankful to the interview panel, as well as Mr. Brandsma, for selecting me to be the next head football coach. Spring ball is two weeks away, and it’s time to get to work.”

The district’s board of directors will vote on Vartanian’s recommendation at its next meeting on May 17.