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Prep notebook: Gavin Kralik new South Kitsap football coach, and baby on the way

Gavin Kralik said he wasn’t expecting to coach football this season. Not with moving back to Washington after less than a year in Texas and a sixth child on the way.

Then the South Kitsap job opened.

Even then, Kralik still had reservations. But after initially turning the school down, he accepted the position Friday.

“The plan was to take a couple of years off from coaching,” said Kralik, who spent 2005-13 as the head coach at Bethel before taking a position at Bay Area Christian in League City, Texas. “But when this job came about, it was something that ... we felt like it might be a really good fit for our family long term.”

In one season, Kralik took Bay Area Christian, 25 miles southeast of Houston, to the Division III Texas state championship for the first time in school history.

The team’s season ended Dec. 6 in the championship game, and by Dec. 18 Kralik and his family were on their way back to Washington. Kralik said the time commitment consumed time he had hoped to spend with his family.

“Just because of the size of our family and having another baby, we thought if we were going to take a few years off that this was going to be it while the kids weren’t playing,” Kralik said.

He accepted a job in the Auburn School District as a special education instructor but will leave at the end of the school year. He and his wife expect their sixth child in the next two weeks. Their oldest is 11.

Eric Canton resigned as South Kitsap’s coach after going 13-17 in three years. The Wolves had advanced to state every season from 1980-2002, including a state championship in 1994.

Kralik initially turned the South Kitsap job down because he said the teaching position would have been too great a time commitment. But the school came back to him with an alternative he liked, although he said the teaching end is still being worked out.

“We felt clearly that it was the right job, but it’s just the worst time you could imagine to make a life-changing kind of decision in taking a job and moving our family and all that with my wife being due in a week or two,” Kralik said.

“And it’s the whole after leaving here and going to Texas and coming back and the transition. I wanted to have a situation where I felt like I could coach, but the job situation would allow me to still have time to spend with my family and not at the expense of my family. And I think it will work out.”

TAHOMA COACH RESIGNS

Tahoma girls basketball coach Keith Wasberg resigned from his position to take on a greater role with the Emerald City Basketball Academy, Tahoma athletic director Tony Davis said.

Wasberg, in his seventh year at Tahoma, led the Bears to a 16-9 record before losing to Timberline in the 4A West Central District tournament.

Davis said the school will interview candidates through April 17. They hope to announce a new coach by May 1.

QUICK HITS

Ed Ploof, who has been Bellarmine Prep’s athletic director since 1987, was the recipient of this year’s WIAA Gareth Giles Memorial Award, recognizing his leadership, dedication and service in representing the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. … Former Franklin boys basketball coach Jason Kerr was hired as O’Dea’s next coach. Kerr took Franklin to the Tacoma Dome in 10 of 14 seasons at Franklin and won three state titles. … Todd Beamer standout junior point guard Bria Rice, The News Tribune’s 2014-15 All-Area Player of the Year, committed to Colorado this weekend. … The Rogers football team hired four assistant coaches, including Puyallup native and former St. Louis Rams receiver Dane Looker. … Mead football coach Sean Carty, a 1986 Vashon Island graduate, was fired by the Greater Spokane League school Friday after 14 years and one conference title. He plans to appeal his dismissal, according to The Spokesman-Review.

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