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SOU loses line coach Powell

Southern Oregon offensive line coach Tom has left the Raiders to take a job at North Medford High, SOU athletic director Dennis Francois said today.

was entering his 20th season as an SOU assistant. He&

s the third full-time football coach at the school to resign in the last four months.

He joins former Raider head coach Jeff Olson, who stepped down in April to become the defensive coordinator at North Medford.


I know Tom has put in a lot of years here at Southern Oregon and his duties required a lot of time,&

Francois said of , who also directed SOU&

s outdoor and intramural sports programs. &

He still managed to get those football duties in &

133; I think everybody realizes that his time was just a precious thing here in terms of being able to do all those duties.&

joined the Raiders in 1986 and has since help SOU establish a tradition as one of the top running programs in the nation.

He also served as offensive coordinator in 1988 and 2004.