Girls Basketball: Kamiak at Stanwood, 12.26.18

Head coach Nick Amrine directs players during Stanwood's 60-22 win over Kamiak on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018.

Girls basketball coach Nick Amrine is stepping down after a year leading the Stanwood High School program.

Amrine accepted the head coach position for the Edmonds College women’s hoops program, replacing Eric Ensign, who led the Tritons for the past two seasons.

“This is an opportunity too great to pass up,” Amrine wrote in a statement. “Leaving Stanwood High School after leading their program for one season was a difficult decision. As a competitor, there is certainly some unfinished business but there are great times ahead for Stanwood Spartans basketball. With as much talent as there is in that town, and the desire and drive to be great, the next coach is set up for immediate success.”

Amrine, 40, led the Spartans to a 11-11 season, advancing to the district tournament. The former women’s hoops assistant coach at Everett College was hired after longtime coach Dennis Kloke retired following the 2017-18 season.

Stanwood High athletic director Tom Wilfong said the school was surprised by the vacancy but has already posted the position online.

“We want to have interviews before end of school year,” Wilfong said. “The hope is to have someone in place by then.”

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