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CK set to replace grid coach Speck

"The Central Kitsap School District, apparently, has had enough of Central Kitsap High School football coach Scott Speck.Speck, however, might not have had enough of the job he's held for the last 13 years.Central Kitsap High School, saying Speck agreed to step down from the head coaching position, interviewed three applicants Monday and expect to name his successor this week, according to co-principal John Cervinsky.But Speck, whose team finished with a 3-6 record and in fifth place in the new Narrows League Bridge Division last fall, didn't agree that a resignation ever had been tendered.Both sides, when contacted Monday, tiptoed around the issue. Cervinsky refused to comment on specifics of Speck's case, but said the school was proceeding with the process of hiring a new coach.Scott Speck has been our football coach for 13 years, said Cervinsky. He won the (Olympic League) championship two years ago, and has had a lot of success here. His tenure has been much appreciated. He's put in a lot of hard work.An equally guarded Speck, repeatedly refusing comment on the record, stopped short of confirming that he ever had been formally asked to resign, or that he ever had signed any resignation document.While continually refusing to comment on specifics, Cervinsky confirmed that there had been parental pressure applied on the district concerning Speck, a 1972 Central Kitsap graduate who has a total of 21 years in the program, the first eight as an assistant coach.According to several sources, the conflict centers around differences between Speck's team rules and the district's athletic code, and how those rules were applied in the case of several players who admitted drinking alcohol at a party. Speck offered that his rules are more strict than those outlined in the district code, but that they are read and agreed to by players and parents at the beginning of every season.Asked if there had been a formal resignation document, Speck said, You should ask to see it.Cervinsky said only, We felt it was time for us to have a change of direction.Speck said that no matter what happens, he would continue in his position at Central Kitsap, where he teaches world history and psychology.With Speck apparently relegated to the past tense, his former assistant, Mark Keel, is thought to be the front-runner for the job. Keel was one of the three applicants who were interviewed Monday - the other two were current Olympic High School assistant Jim Lindberg and Mark Carlton, presently an assistant coach for the Central Kitsap baseball team.Like Central Kitsap, Olympic High School hopes to fill its vacant football coaching position before the weekend, according to athletic director Robin Campbell. The Trojans' three-year veteran coach, Dave Rastovski, stepped down earlier this spring after leading Oly to a third-place Bridge Division finish and a spot in the Narrows League playoffs.We'd like to have him hired by the end of the week, Campbell said Monday of the successor to Rastovski - who was simultaneously coached at both Olympic and Fairview Junior High, and will continue with the Fairview program. We opened it up in the district, and we'll interview two applicants this week.Campbell identified the applicants as current Olympic assistant Pete Weymiller and Neal Rosenquist.When the new coaches at Central Kitsap and Olympic are in place, all three Central Kitsap School District schools will have changed football coaches in less than a year. Last August, Klahowya hired Brad Hamblet after the incumbent coach, two-year veteran Jeff Weible, was bounced from his untenured teaching job at the school and resigned to pursue other work."

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