Shdo takes over SK girls’ soccer program

Wanting to continue building on its very successful current run, South Kitsap stayed in-house to find a new girls’ soccer coach, hiring assistant coach Jason Shdo to replace his former boss.

Shdo, who was the girls’ junior varsity coach for four seasons under former head coach Eric Bergeson, was offered the job by athletic director Ed Santos last week.

Shdo accepted the offer, pending approval by the South Kitsap School District.

“Jason has already been a wonderful assistant in our program and has done a great job with our JV program,” Santos said. “After Eric stepped down, he was just a logical fit. He’s wonderful with the kids, wonderful with the girls and does a great job. He’s just a quality guy.”

Shdo joined the Wolves’ soccer program when Bergeson took over as the girls coach four years ago. Since then, the program has made four straight trips to the Class 4A state tournament and compiled a record of 54-12-12.

Last season, South won the Narrows League Bridge Division title and finished off its year with a 13-2-4 record.

Bergeson, who remains the boys’ team coach, resigned two days after South lost to Jackson High of Everett in the first round of the playoffs for personal reasons.

“It was a hard decision because I’ve been going down a different path toward administrative type of work,” Shdo said. “And I love soccer, so I was being tugged in both directions. It came down to I’m here right now and it might make sense for me to step up and follow in a lot of the paths that Bergie set up.”

Shdo, who said he has been coaching soccer in one form or another for the last 25 years or so, will keep things pretty much the way they are.

“I’m not going to change a whole lot,” Shdo said. “Other than (Bergeson) and I are pretty different personality-wise.”

With Shdo moving up to head coach, three-year C team coach Josh Morton will take over the junior varsity duties.

This will be Shdo’s first official head coaching job, although he has led teams in club play before. Shdo is employed by the school as a dean of students.

In other coaching moves at South, Santos has tabbed one of his former assistants to take over the track and field program. Joanne Warren, who was a first-year co-coach of the Wolves cross-country team and an assistant under Santos for track, will now head up both the boys’ and girl’s programs beginning this spring.

Santos said he is also looking to fill an assistant position on the track staff and a C team girls cocker coach, which will fill all the coaches positions at the school.

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