Former Seahawk Randall Morris, former Garfield coach Derek Sparks, former WSU standout Tim Stallworth and All-State defensive back Nolan Washington will serve as coaches.
Kennedy Catholic announced all-star additions to its football staff on Tuesday, naming former Seahawks player Randall Morris, former Garfield coach Derek Sparks, former WSU standout Tim Stallworth and All-State defensive back Nolan Washington to its coaching roster.
“We’ve got some great coaches, some really great coaches,” Morris said. “We talked about this maybe a year ago because our kids were going to Kennedy Catholic so we said ‘It would be cool if we could go over there and coach’ and it seems like everything just fell into place.”
Morris, who was drafted in the tenth round of the 1984 draft by Seattle as a running back, will coach the Lancers “C” team and will also help the varsity squad with the running backs. Nicknamed “Too Hard to Handle Randall,” Morris starred at Long Beach Polytechnic School and the University of Tennessee. He played five seasons with the Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Raiders.
“I really like coaching the younger kids, it’s a blast,” Morris said.
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Sparks helped turn the program around at Garfield, this last season taking the Bulldogs to the state playoffs for the first time since 1979. He will serve as associate head coach alongside head coach Sheldon Cross, who was hired in January to replace long-time coach Bob Bourgette.
Washington was a standout at WSU, where he started over 35 games at defensive back. He played at Kennedy Catholic and was an all-state defensive back in 2009, also averaging over 1,000 all-purpose yards for four seasons in a row. Washington will coach the Lancers’ secondary and also serve as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
Stallworth, also a WSU standout, led the Pac-10 in receiving yards in 1998. He went to high school in California and played briefly in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers in 1992. With Morris, he will coach the Lancers’ “C” team.
Bourgette won 200 games at Kennedy Catholic in his 44 years as head coach and the Lancers were always the cream of the crop in the Seamount League. Morris expects that tradition to continue, despite the school moving up to Class 4A from 3A next season.
“We’ve got some guys who can just flat out coach,” Morris said.