South Kitsap, head football coach part ways

Cory Vartanian was winless in two years as the Wolves’ football coach

Cory Vartanian will not return as South Kitsap’s football coach next season. (File photo)

Cory Vartanian will not return as South Kitsap’s football coach next season. (File photo)

PORT ORCHARD — South Kitsap High has parted ways with head football coach Cory Vartanian after two seasons. The district announced the decision in a press release distributed Nov. 27.

The Wolves have gone 0-20 in the past two seasons, with last year being a particularly difficult one. South Kitsap was shutout in six of its eight league games and only scored 65 points all season.

“We are moving in a different direction with South Kitsap High School football and Cory Vartanian will not return as head coach following this season,” Principal Diane Fox said in a statement.

The program has not had much stability at the head coach position in recent years. Ed Fisher and D.J. Sigurdson were the only two men to coach the program between 1974 and 2011. But in the past six years, the program has had three different coaches, none of whom had winning records — Eric Canton (13-17), Gavin Kralik (4-16) and Vartanian (0-20) — and are now looking for a fourth.

Vartanian, who had been an assistant coach at South Kitsap for a number of years, became the head coach in the late spring of 2017 after Kralik abruptly departed for Eatonville.

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