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  • 2012 Class: Coaches

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  • Softball
    Was involved in the fastpitch softball in Medford from1963-83, pitching on the Medford Blitz team that was second- and fifth-place national finishes in the 1980s. Began his coaching career in1980, when he and Ben Fagone started the fastpitch program at Medford Senior High. Continued to coach the Black Tornado through 2007 and had seven first-team all-state pitchers and 30 first-team all-conference pitchers. Fourteen former players have or are pitching in college.
    Baseball
    Was all-conference baseball player at Southern Oregon University, then coached softball at SOU and baseball at Rogue River, Ashland and Eagle Point before taking teaching and coaching job at Hedrick Middle School in 1990. Became Medford Mustangs American Legion manager in 1990 and in 18 years had seven state champs, five state runners-up and three Northwest champion teams that played in World Series. His record was 758- 239 for a .760 winning percentage.
    Soccer
    Born in Madison, Wis., and graduated from LaFolette High, where he was a three-sport athlete. Wrestled at Wisconsin. Coached high school wrestling in Wisconsin and here before taking up soccer coaching in 1984. Has since coached club soccer and boys and girls teams at North Medford, South Medford and St. Mary's. Won state with the South Medford boys in 2003 and had eight conference champs at North and South. Turned St. Mary's into a state power in recent years.
    Football / Softball
    Graduated from Newberg High in 1965 as a three-sport athlete, achieving all-conference in football and basketball. He held the scoring record at Newberg with a high of 38 points. He played football and baseball at Olympic JC in Bremerton, Wash. He transferred to Southern Oregon University and played both sports. In football, he moved from quarterback to receiver and had 57-catch seasons his two years. Became a high school football coach at Glendale, Sweet Home and North Medford. In 15 years at North, was 94-62, winning state in1993 and finishing second in 2000. Career record of 218-105 ranks him 16th on Oregon career list for coaching wins. Also has been North assistant coach for 19 years, helping the team to five state titles.
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