GIRLS BASKETBALL | Hulet resigns as South Kitsap’s coach

He guided the Wolves to a 48-38 record in four seasons

South Kitsap girls basketball coach Mike Hulet resigned Thursday after guiding the Wolves to a 48-38 record in four seasons.

South Kitsap girls basketball coach Mike Hulet resigned Thursday after guiding the Wolves to a 48-38 record in four seasons.

Hulet’s records

Season League Overall

2011-12 12-2 17-6

2012-13 4-8 8-12

013-14 7-5 12-10

2014-15 6-6 11-10

Totals 29-21 48-38

South Kitsap girls basketball coach Mike Hulet tendered his resignation Thursday morning.

He guided the Wolves to a 48-38 record in four seasons.

“I’m going to go in a different direction,” Hulet said. “I appreciate the opportunity I was afforded to coach.”

Hulet, 61, has been retired for two years since the vocational technology program he taught at the high school was eliminated. Hulet, a 1971 South graduate, also previously worked in the district’s facilities department.

He had multiple tenures with the program. Hulet joined then-coach Mark Lutzenhiser’s staff as an assistant in 2009 after Tammy Helwig left to become the women’s basketball coach at Olympic College. It was his third stint with the program, which began as an assistant in the 1990s under Gary Wilson. Hulet also served in the same capacity for Mike Allen in the early 2000s, but said he left because of his desire to spend more time with his children.

Hulet experienced his most success during his first season, where he earned Class 4A Narrows League Coach of the Year honors after guiding South to a second-place finish with a 12-2 league record. Behind seniors Maile Keanu, Jackie Steiger, who later played at Western Oregon University, and Taylor Sunkel, the Wolves fell one win short of a state-playoff berth.

“I was proud of what we accomplished,” Hulet said. “We had some really neat young ladies. It’s always fun to work with young people and see them succeed.”

South had just one senior, guard Darian Dickey, during Hulet’s second season and the team finished with a losing record (8-12) for the first time since 2007-08. But the Wolves recovered to post winning records and advance to the district tournament in each of Hulet’s last two seasons.

“We were competitive,” he said. “I thought we may have overachieved a bit.”

Athletic director Ed Santos said he expects to post the position soon. Given South’s recent success with Hulet and Lutzenhiser, who had a 52-27 record and advanced to state twice in three seasons from 2008-11, he is “hopeful” the position will attract significant interest. He believes Hulet played a substantial role in that success.

“I thought Mike did a nice job,” Santos said. “They had some good seasons.”

While Hulet no longer will be coaching, he said he will return to the gym to watch the team.

“There’s a great group of underclassmen back next year,” he said. “It will be fun to sit up in the stands and enjoy watching them play.”

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