SK AD Santos heading back to coaching ranks

The opening of a physical education position as well as the need for assistant coaches in both cross country and track and field prompted South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos to resign from his administration position.

South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos will return to coaching and teaching at the high school this fall. Santos will be a PE teacher and an assistant cross country coach.
South Kitsap athletic director Ed Santos will return to coaching and teaching at the high school this fall. Santos will be a PE teacher and an assistant cross country coach.

Santos also cited a change in his family’s situation, his youngest son is a recent South Kitsap graduate and will head to Whitworth University in Spokane in the fall to run cross country, also fueled his desire for a change.

It was something Santos had been considering for the last couple of years, citing the hectic schedule of an AD.

“No kids at home (now) with both in college and my wife is a teacher,” he said. “It’s a good time to spend with her.”

Santos is no stranger to coaching. Before spending 11 years as AD at South, he coached cross country at South for 18 years. He was inducted into the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Santos has been in the school district for 33 years and began teaching physical education at the elementary level, for 14 years, then high school for eight before becoming AD.

Santos doesn’t think too much has changed in teaching students to stay active.

“I don’t think it’s changed that much,” he said. “We still do a lot of the same things. I think relationships with kids is always my strong point. It will be a lot of fun, really looking forward to doing it.”

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