ANACORTES — The Anacortes High School football team will be playing in a new division — and has a new coach, too.
Former Burlington-Edison assistant coach Chris Hunter has taken the head coaching job at Anacortes, which will play in the newly created Lake Division of the Northwest 2A Conference.
Hunter, who takes over for Dick Freier, lives in the Anacortes area and is thrilled to take the reins for the Seahawks.
“It’s the community I live in. I’m super excited to be part of the program,” he said. “I loved Burlington and I truly enjoyed working with that program and in that school district. But I live in Anacortes and I love that I get to coach in the community.”
Hunter coached for two seasons in the Burlington-Edison program, including most recently as defensive backs coach. He also coached in the baseball program and for many years before that coached youth sports.
He said he and his coaching staff have already started working with an enthusiastic squad of Seahawks. It’s work that begins with the fundamentals.
“Once you understand (the fundamentals), you can play any style,” Hunter said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s wing-T or run and gun. We can build a blocking scheme, a set that will put our players in an advantageous position.”
Hunter said he’s worked with the Seahawks since May. That work included CrossFit and a trip to a camp at Eastern Washington University.
Hunter and his staff will helm the Seahawks in their first year in the Lake Division.
The Northwest 2A Conference will be home to two divisions: a Sky Division that includes Archbishop Murphy, Lynden, Lakewood, Sedro-Woolley and Burlington-Edison; and a Lake Division consisting of Anacortes, Bellingham, Blaine, Sehome, Cedarcrest and Mountlake Terrace.
While Burlington-Edison and Anacortes are no longer in the same division, that doesn’t mean Hunter won’t get to see his most recent team. Anacortes and Burlington-Edison are scheduled to play Sept. 14.