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Fairweather will assume SK’s baseball reins

Jim Fairweather doesn’t need anyone asking him about the kind of pressure he might face next spring when baseball season rolls around.

He’s already feeling it.

Fairweather was tapped by South Kitsap High School athletic director Steve Reischman to replace the legendary Elton Goodwin as the Wolves head baseball coach last week. Goodwin, who won 491 games and three state titles at SK, retired at the end of last season, going out on top by winning the 2003 state title.

“For me to be a head coach, that’s been a goal of mine for quite a while,” Fairweather said. “I know there’s going to be pressure, I’m already feeling it. The season doesn’t start until March and I’m already thinking about it right now.”

A 1977 graduate of South Kitsap, Fairweather has coached and taught in the SK School District for 21 years. He coached football, basketball and baseball at Cedar Heights Junior high before moving on to SK.

Fairweather played baseball for Goodwin in the 1970s and returned to SK as an assistant coach in 1990. He was an assistant to Goodwin and has been coaching the running backs and linebackers for the Wolves football team.

“I like this school so much,” Fairweather said. “I like what it did for me as an athlete and as a person and I want to give something back.”

Fairweather, the only applicant for the position, got the news Thursday from got the news on Thursday from Reischman. The hiring will become official once the school board gives final approval.

“I’m happy with our choice,” Reischman said. “He was our guy. I was happy with his responses (during the interview) and I liked what he had to say about where the program is headed.”

His duties as the Wolves assistant football coach will stay the same, for now.

“He’s indicated to me that he wants to continue coaching football,” SK head football coach D.J. Sigurdson said. “I think we’re going to see how it works for a year.”

Sigurdson said Fairweather’s role for the football team has been downsized recently in anticipation of him getting the baseball job.

“D.J. and I have talked,” Fairweather said. “I want to do both but I know how tough that is going to be on me and my family. One of my goals is to coach my son (13-year-old Bradley) but I’m not going to let football get in the way of baseball being a success.”

The first order of business to to hire two assistant coaches (Fairweather has already talked with a couple of candidates) and then he has to face the role of replacing Goodwin.

“I’m who I am, I’m not Elton,” Fairweather said. “It’s a matter of me dealing with it. I’m ready to get my feet wet and see what we can do.”

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