SK makes final changes to 2004 coaching staff

It took awhile but South Kitsap High School football coach D.J. Sigurdson finally has a full coaching staff.

Joe Reasons and Ed Pierson have been hired to replace the departed Dave Goodwin and Lyle Ballew. And both have jumped right in as the Wolves opened practice Wednesday morning.

"(South Kitsap Athletic Director Steve Reischman) and I interviewed them and I said those are the guys I want," Sigurdson said.

With the hiring of Reasons and Pierson, Sigurdson's staff is now full with seven assistant coaches. South had hired Adam Kanouse at the end of the 2004 school year but he opted to take a different position after South's football camp.

South's staff looks like this: Eric Canton returns to coach quarterbacks and cornerbacks and will call the offense, Kevin Harrington will coach free safeties and wide receivers and will call the defense along with Sigurdson, Jim Fairweather returns as the runningbacks and outside linebackers coach, Joey Dame continues to work with runningbacks and inside linebackers, Ron Ness coaches the offensive guards and defensive linemen, Reasons will coach centers and help out with the defense line and Pierson will handle the tight ends and help with the outside linebackers.

The only major change is having Harrington and Sigurdson both calling the defense.

"We're going to work that together," Sigurdson said. "Last year I did that by myself, this year he's going to be more involved in that process, both game-planning and calling."

During games, both Ness and Harrington will be in the press box with the rest of the staff on the sidelines or off scouting other games.

Reasons has come out of retirement after a long career coaching wrestling and football in Washington. The Silverdale native graduated from Central Kitsap High School and coached at West Bremerton before becoming the head wrestling coach at Clover Park in Tacoma.

Reasons also coached wrestling and was a football assistant coach during Curtis' state title runs in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

"Joe has won several championships in wrestling and has been part of some football championships," Sigurdson said. "I think he provides a maturity in helping kids mature into young men, he really understands that part of it. He has a lot of experience with kids and coaching at this level."

Pierson comes to South by way of the Navel Academy, where he played. Pierson is a commanding officer in the U.S. Navel Reserve on Whidbey Island. This is his first coaching duties at the high school level.

"Ed was really enthusiastic," Sigurdson said. "He came in and expressed an interest in it. The more we talked, the more I thought he would be a good fit for us."

The Wolves, who went 6-3 last year and missed the state playoffs for the first time in 23 years, begin two-a-day practices today and will have an inter-squad scrimmage Tuesday afternoon. South's first game is Sept. 3 at Lincoln with the home opener set for Sept. 17 at Joe Knowles Field against Port Angeles.

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