Monday, June 17, 2019

Dan Spencer named head head baseball coach of Linfield Wildcats 6/17/2019

Story below 6/17/2019 from Linfield Sports Info. 
Photos above found on Internet.

Dan Spencer has been named baseball coach at Linfield College, director of athletics Garry Killgore announced Monday (6/17/2019). He replaces Stan Manley who retired at the end of the 2019 season.

"Dan is an excellent fit as Linfield's next head baseball coach. He has an outstanding reputation and track record within the baseball community and epitomizes the Linfield tradition of excellence," said Killgore. "Dan will be a great leader for our baseball team and a wonderful addition to our coaching staff and the community at large. I am very excited to have him on board with us."

Spencer becomes just the sixth Linfield baseball coach in the span of the last 70 seasons. He takes over a program regarded nationally for its lasting stability and winning ways. Since recording its first Northwest Conference baseball championship in 1923, Linfield has won three national championships (two as part of the NAIA and one in the NCAA), along with 41 additional conference titles.

"I'm very excited and honored to be joining the Linfield family," said Spencer. 

"Growing up in Southwest Washington in 1975, I would always hear about Linfield and its reputation for winning baseball games. The baseball program and the people at Linfield are all fantastic, no matter what angle you look at it from, whether that's academically, athletically or from a facilities point of view."

Spencer is an outside-the-box hire, becoming the first non-Linfield graduate to lead the program since 1949. He has strong ties to the Pacific Northwest and brings with him 28 years of coaching experience, including 22 at the Division I level with stops at Washington State, New Mexico, Oregon State and Texas Tech.

He departs Washington State for Linfield after three seasons in which he served as the Cougars associate head coach, pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Before Washington State, Spencer was an assistant for three years at New Mexico (2013-15), where he helped the Lobos reach the title game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament. In 2014, his pitching staff recorded the lowest collective ERA (4.23) since 1977 and seventh-lowest staff ERA in the program's 115-year history. The UNM bullpen saved a school-record 16 games.

He spent a total of 11 years as a member of the Oregon State coaching staff, first as an assistant (1997-2003) and then as associate head coach under Pat Casey (2004-07). While in Corvallis, the Beavers won back-to-back national titles and appeared in three straight College World Series (2005-07). His pitching staffs led the Pac-10 in ERA during both 2005 and 2006 and in saves in 2006 and 2007. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator and brought in three nationally ranked recruiting classes. Collegiate Baseball Magazine named Spencer as its National Pitching Coach of the Year in 2007.

Spencer spent five seasons at Texas Tech, one as associate head coach and four more as head coach. He was the first Red Raiders head coach to win at least 25 games in each of his first four seasons and his teams defeated 32 nationally ranked opponents. His players excelled in the classroom, earning 31 Academic All-Big 12 awards during his four years, nearly as many (34) as the school received in the 12 years preceding his arrival.

During his time at Oregon State, Texas Tech and New Mexico, Spencer coached 12 players to 26 All-America awards. Thirty five players he coached were selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, including 14 in the top five rounds and three first-round picks.

Spencer began his head coaching career at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., where he was the head coach from 1992-96. In 1992 and 1994, he was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Coach of the Year. He also spent one season as an assistant at Tacoma Community College. His first coaching job was leading Vancouver's Ryder Construction 16-18 year-old Senior Babe Ruth team.

As a player, Spencer played three seasons as a catcher and third baseman at Texas Tech after beginning his collegiate career at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California.

A native of Vancouver, Wash., and Fort Vancouver High School graduate, Spencer completed his bachelor's degree in history from Portland State University in 1990. He and his wife, Susie, have three children: Wade, 24, Logan, 21, and Elizabeth, 14.

246-179 overall record (131-67 junior college)
Washington State, Associate Head Coach, 2016-19
New Mexico, Assistant Coach, 2013-15
Texas Tech, Head Coach, 2009-12
Texas Tech, Associate Head Coach, 2008
Oregon State, Associate Head Coach, 2004-07
Oregon State, Assistant Coach, 1997-2003
Green River C.C., Head Coach, 1992-96
Tacoma C.C., Assistant Coach, 1991

 QUOTING LINFIELD COACH DAN SPENCER On the kind of team fans can expect to see on the field

 "We're going to be known for having very good fundamentals and for playing hard and running around. We'll be athletic, fast and physical and we'll have some toughness. People will recognize us as looking a lot like Linfield teams of the past, teams that won a lot of games by using a blue collar mentality."

On why coming to Linfield makes sense for him
"I really feel like Linfield is the perfect place for me and I'm looking forward to getting started. We're going to come in and see just how many games we can win. There's so much support for the program already. I can't wait to get started."

 On what stands out to him about coaching at Linfield
"Coaching at Linfield is going to be so different from the Division I experience where each sport is its own separate entity. As I was going through the application process, it really felt like Linfield was a family with everyone pulling toward a common goal."

 On the differences between Division I and Division III
"Division I sports have changed a lot over the last 10 years where now you are going in and recruiting 15- or 16-year-old kids. Picking a college is a big decision someone that age. At Linfield, we'll recruit juniors and seniors rather than freshmen and sophomores. So when a guy shows up to play, you have pretty good idea they are already capable students or they wouldn't be here. That takes a lot of stress off the coach, knowing that a kid you recruit is a very likely going to take care of business in the classroom."


Former Oregon State pitching coach Dan Spencer hired as Linfield baseball coach

6/19/2019 Oregonian by Nick Daschel

Dan Spencer, who spent more than a decade with Oregon State baseball and served as pitching coach on the Beavers’ 2006 and 2007 national title teams, is back in Oregon as Linfield baseball coach.

The Wildcats hired their first baseball coach without school ties since 1949, replacing Stan Manley, who retired after the 2019 season.
Spencer most recently was associate head coach at Washington State for the past four years.

Spencer was part of Pat Casey’s coaching staff from 1997-2007, including associate head coach from 2004-07. In 2007, Spencer was honored as pitching coach of the year by Collegiate Baseball magazine in 2007.

During a college coaching career that started in 1991, this is Spencer’s third stint as a head coach. He previously served in those roles at Green River CC from 1992-96, and Texas Tech from 2009-12.

Linfield has been one of the Northwest’s strongest small college baseball programs over time. The Wildcats are three-time national champions, including 2013 under Scott Brosius. However, Linfield struggled in 2019, posting their first losing season since 1987.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Monday, June 10, 2019

On the run, May 15, 1970

Video (originally Super 8 film) from Friday, May 15, 1970. Linfield 1970 Commencement was Sunday, May 17.

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Sharon Shepherd, Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame

Article about and photo of Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame member SHARON SHEPHERD, Linfield Class of 1960, from 18 Oct 1958 Oregon Statesman daily morning newspaper, Salem, Ore. Link to her Hall of Fame bio:

Saturday, June 01, 2019

After 30 years, Linfield’s nameless HHPA should memorialize Paul Durham

After 30 years, Linfield’s nameless HHPA should memorialize Paul Durham

(This story posted June 1. 2019.)

During the summer of 1989 Linfield College’s HHPA/Health, Human Performance and Athletics building opened at the corner of Linfield Avenue and Lever Street.

A story in the June 15, 1989, Oregonian said the college’s new “physical education, health and athletics complex … has not been named.”

It’s been 30 years since HHPA went into use that summer and it’s approaching another 30 year milestone in November. It was dedicated Nov. 4, 1989.

HHPA is a well-designed and well-used facility which serves the needs of a vibrant college community. From when it opened its doors to the present, the building has continued to have a generic name when other athletics-related facilities on campus memorialize former Linfield coaches:

·        Roy Helser Field.

·        Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

·        Hal Smith Fitness Center.

·        Ad and Joan Rutschman Field House.

There is one person for whom HPPA should be named: Paul Durham (1913-2007).

Born in 1913 in Portland, where he was raised, he died at age 92 in Honolulu in 2007.
Call it the "Paul Durham Health, Human Performance and Athletics Building."

Durham’s initial contact with Linfield came as one of its students. He had wide ranging talents. Competing in football, basketball and track, he was a star athlete at Linfield in the 1930s and is one of the few Wildcats in history to earn 10 or more letters. A good student, he was also a talented singer. He graduated from Linfield in 1936, then coached at high schools in Yamhill and Portland before returning to his alma mater in 1948 to coach football and, starting in 1949, to also serve as the college's athletic director.

Durham was Linfield's head football coach for 20 seasons (1948-1967), compiling a record of 122 victories, 51 defeats and 10 ties for a .694 winning percentage.

In his final 12 football seasons, the Wildcats went 90-16-6 (.830), won six Northwest Conference championships and reached the national championship game of the NAIA twice. Those two teams were the first from the Northwest Conference to participate in the NAIA football playoffs.

His 1956 team started "The Streak" of consecutive winning seasons that continues to this day as the national record at all levels of college football.

Durham was inducted into six athletics Halls of Fame, including the Linfield Athletics, (1998, charter class); Portland Interscholastic League (2001); Oregon Sports, 1989; NAIA Football, 1969; Helms Foundation and University of Hawaii Circle of Honor (both 1997). He has been nominated for the national College Football Hall of Fame.

In 1961 he was Oregon ‘Man of the Year’ and in 1962 the NAIA football ‘Coach of the Year.’

In the season-opening game of 1967, Durham took the football Wildcats to Honolulu, where they upset the University of Hawaii, 15-13, at rainy Honolulu Stadium before a Honolulu Stadium crowd of about 20,000 - still the most ever to see a Linfield game.

Hawaii was so impressed with Durham and the Wildcats that it hired him away from Linfield in 1968 to direct its athletic program.

Durham was a Renaissance man.

Not only did he coach and teach (he taught health classes in addition to the life lessons he imparted on the football field) at Linfield, Durham read widely, sang in choirs and as a soloist, was an accomplished formal speaker, a wonderful story and joke teller with a deep, booming voice.

Raising a family in McMinnville on a small-college coach's salary was a challenge, so Durham augmented his income in other ways.

During summers -- in addition to teaching classes at Linfield -- he ran the McMinnville city recreation program - overseeing activities in the city park during the day and softball games at night.

And, he was sports editor of the McMinnville News-Register newspaper. He also wrote a popular sports column, "Dodging with Durham.”

He was paid to sing popular hymns such as “How Great Thou Art” at funerals in McMinnville.

He was chosen First Citizen of McMinnville by the Chamber of Commerce and was elected president of the Linfield Alumni Association and honored as Alumnus of the Year.

Born in 1913 in Portland, where he was raised, he died at age 92 in Honolulu in 2007.

There’s more.

Here’s the story -- engraved on one of the tablets accompanying the Paul Durham statue/monument on the Linfield campus next to HHPA -- to look into his soul:

“Long before racial sensitivity became a national issue, (Paul) Durham judged his athletes by the strength of their character without regard to race or religion.

“He made a strong unpublicized statement for human and civil rights during the Champion Bowl in Augusta, Georgia, in December of 1965. When a hotel official wanted to serve the Black and Hawaiian members of the team in the kitchen at the banquet following the game, Durham advised the restaurant manager the entire team would eat in the kitchen.
“When the manager said there was not enough room to feed the team in the kitchen, the team stayed in the dining room but there was no food served at the Linfield tables.

“As a result of this incident and his personal lobbying efforts, the 1966 NAIA championship game was moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Such was the profound influence of a man whose memory is still alive in the hearts, minds, and actions of those he touched during his distinguished career and extraordinary life. One of life’s blessings was to be a friend of Paul Durham. He was a beacon of light in the darkest of times.”
Paul Durham was more than a football coach. He was an extraordinary person. A talented Linfield student, including in athletics and music, his successes after graduating from Linfield are storied. He was a respected community leader in McMinnville with a positive national reputation which enhanced Linfield. His teaching skills and leadership of Linfield teams and athletics and impact on all of those with whom he had contact, including players he coached, were beyond compare. 

For all the good Paul Durham did and for his undeniable positive impact on Linfield, Linfield Athletics, McMinnville and more, the Linfield Board of Trustees doesn’t think it was enough. 

Twice, most recently in 2014, the trustees were asked by alumni to name HHPA for Paul Durham. Twice the board said, “no.”
In the aftermath of the Linfield Trustees saying no in 2014, friends raised funds and had the aforementioned Paul Durham statue/monument created and installed next to Linfield Avenue between HHPA and the Linfield Aquatic Center. It was dedicated in 2014.

In concert with that, to placate some, Durham’s name went on the front of HHPA to indicate the lobby and foyer inside HHPA are named for him.

(The Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame and Hall of Champions are housed within the Paul Durham Lobby and Foyer.)

But, don’t be misled. It’s what’s inside HHPA/Health, Human Performance and Athletics building that’s named for him, not the building itself.

In summary, Paul Durham’s name is on the building and inside the building. But, the building is not, as it should be, named for him.

Read more about Paul Durham here:


=Although not athletic facilities, Lever and Brumback Streets on the Linfield campus memorialize former coaches. Lever Street is for Henry Lever, longtime Linfield coach and athletic director. Brumback Street is for Arthur M. Brumback, a former president and the college’s first football coach.

=HHPA was to be named for Kenneth W. Ford (1908-1997) of Oregon. As it turned out, it is not. Instead, another building on campus -- Kenneth W. Ford Hall, home of Marshall Theatre at Linfield – bears his name. According to The Ford Family Foundation website, Ford “pursued a vision with a single sawmill in the southern Oregon community of Roseburg. From his tenacity grew Roseburg Forest Products Co., one of the largest, family-owned wood products.”

=PHOTOS: Linfield Archives, Wildcatville, Oregonian, McMinnville News-Register.


HHPA over the years

1989 –In June 1989, Linfield’s new Health, Human Performance and Athletics (HHPA) building opens. On June 17, 1989, it is host of Oregon boys’ high school all-star basketball games.

1989 – On Nov. 4, 1989, HHPA dedicated. During dedication, it’s announced gymnasium is named for Ted Wilson, a Linfield men’s basketball coach.

1991 – On Oct. 19, 1991, HPPA’s fitness center dedicated for Hal Smith, a Linfield track & field, cross-country, wrestling coach and p.e. dept. chair.

1998 – On Oct. 17, 1998, Paul Durham among six members of first “class” enshrined in new Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame.

2006 (guesstimate) – Linfield Board of Trustees say “no” to naming HHPA for Paul Durham.

2007 – On June 22, 2007, Paul Durham dies at age. Born Oct, 18, 1913 and a 1936 Linfield grad, he was a Linfield coach (football, basketball, golf), administrator (athletics) and faculty member (health and p.e.), 1948-1968.

2014 – On April 14, 2014, Linfield Board of Trustees -- via Dave Haugeberg, board chair -- say “no” to naming HHPA for Paul Durham.

2014 – In June 2014, Paul Durham signage added to HHPA building exterior.

2014 – On Oct. 18, 2014 -- 101st anniversary of Paul Durham’s birth -- Paul Durham statue/monument, funded by his Linfield players and friends, unveiled/dedicated on Linfield campus outside near HHPA. Event took place during Linfield Homecoming, before a Wildcats football game.

2019 – In June 2019, HHPA is now 30 years old. It has been 30 years since HHPA opened and it’s still not named for Paul Durham.


Monday, May 27, 2019

=Linfielder Mike Barrow’s name added in 2019 to Central Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Bend, Ore., nearly 50 years after his death=

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Prineville native honored on Vietnam War memorial, nearly 50 years after death

Prineville native gets a plaque on Bend’s Vietnam War memorial nearly 50 years after his death

Story by Kyle Spurr in Bend, Ore., Bulletin daily newspaper on 5/26/2019
Clint Brumitt, a retired schoolteacher who grew up in Bend, occasionally visits the Central Oregon Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Bend’s Deschutes Memorial Gardens cemetery to reminisce about old friends who were killed in the war.

He recognizes the names of old classmates on the memorial. One was a catcher on his Little League team. Another was a teammate on the Central Oregon Community College basketball team.

On a visit to the memorial a few years ago, Brumitt discovered a name was missing. He couldn’t find his childhood friend, Mike Barrow, who grew up in Prineville and played with Brumitt on a local American Legion baseball team in the summer of 1962.

“In taking a moment to remember those I knew, I realized that Mike’s name was not on the monument,” Brumitt said. “That started a multiyear search to make it happen.”

That three-year search ended last week, when Barrow’s name was etched on a plaque and added to the monument, just in time for Memorial Day. But adding his name was a long process that took the help of old friends and classmates who remembered Barrow’s ties to Central Oregon.

Brumitt, who retired to Eugene after a 34-year teaching career in Southern Oregon, initially did some research and found Barrow was a Portland resident when he was drafted into the Vietnam War, so his military records did not make it obvious he should be honored in Central Oregon.

“He had changed his draft board to Portland,” Brumitt said. “So in essence, his connection to Crook County was gone.”

Brumitt went to find proof of Barrow’s connection to Prineville and contacted another old friend, Bob Claypool, who graduated from Crook County High School with Barrow in 1963.

Claypool, a retired housing supervisor at Southern Oregon University who lives in the tiny Jackson County town of Talent, still had his 1963 class yearbook that was full of photos of Barrow, including a photo of Barrow on the school’s football team.

Last fall, Claypool went to his 55th high school class reunion and told the 30 classmates in attendance about the effort to get Barrow’s name on the local monument. Two of the classmates had contact information for Barrow’s older sister, Mary Gail Barrow, who lives in Portland and gave her blessing to have her brother’s name added to the monument.

It was a successful step forward, Claypool said.

“We were always all good friends,” Claypool said of his high school class. “You don’t find that with a lot of classes. We always took care of each other in some way.”

The final hurdle to honor Barrow was to fundraise $457.50, the cost of creating a plaque with Barrow’s name to be attached to the monument.

Claypool sent letters to the 84 remaining members of the 1963 classes asking for a small donation for the project.

“Within three days we had more than we needed for the plaque,” Claypool said.

A total of 24 classmates contributed money, and the remaining funds are being saved for future events for the class, he said.

The classmates are planning to meet sometime in June or July to have a ceremony at the memorial to honor Barrow.

Before being drafted into the Vietnam War, Barrow was a three-sport athlete in high school. He excelled in baseball, basketball and football. He went on to play baseball and football at Linfield College in McMinnville. He was also remembered as an excellent student.

In 2011, Linfield College named a room in its Nicholson Library the Mike Barrow Study Room.

Barrow, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War, was 23 when he was killed on June 23, 1969.

His name is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., among roughly 58,000 other names.

Brumitt said he hates to have lost friends like Barrow in Vietnam and is reminded of the ugliness of war when he sees the names listed on memorials. But those monuments are an important way to remember the sacrifice. And now Central Oregon residents can honor one of their own when they see Barrow’s name on the local memorial, he said.

“Every veteran should be recognized,” Brumitt said. “It’s nice to get him on the Central Oregon wall as well.”



Read more about Mike Barrow here:


=BILLY MAXWELL, 1902-1976, Linfield College Class of 1924

Long time scoreboard operator for Linfield football and men's basketball games Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame, member Norm Goss followed in Billy's footsteps. Goss' Hall of Fame write-up says Goss was an "understudy to the immortal Billy Maxwell and as the first-team scorer since Mr. Maxwell retired.”

There's a possibility that Ez Koch, also a Hall of Famer, followed in Billy's footsteps, too, as a football scoreboard operator.

Billy, a former McMinnville High School principal, was a consummate Linfield sports fan, especially in football. In his Wildcat fandom heyday, you could depend on Billy watching football games, especially those on the road, from his car.

He also helped Linfield Athletics financially. That financial support ran in the family. He was son of J.O. Maxwell, who "donated most of the money necessary to purchase the property" or "donated land" on which Maxwell Field is located.

The book about Linfield history, "Bricks without Straw" by Jonas "Stein" Jonasson, published in 1938, says for about a third of a century, J.O. Maxwell "has had children or grandchildren" attending the college.

Read more:

Billy's footsteps are those which Hall of Famers Norm, and possibly, Ez walked. Billy should be a Hall of Famer, too.

=E. AVARD WHITMAN, 1899-1964, Linfield College (then McMinnville College) Class of 1920

Namesake of Linfield's Whitman Hall, which opened as a women's residence hall in 1965.

He was Linfield register and professor of English for 26 years, from 1938-1964.

During all or most of those 26 years he was Linfield Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) to the Northwest Conference (NWC). And, he also served as a NWC president. 

Linfield Hall of Famer Ken Williams called Whitman "great" and "brilliant."

Impressed with Whitman's ability as registrar at Linfield, Williams decided as a Linfield student to become a registrar. And, eventually, Williams became Linfield register and FAR, too.

Whitman was held in high regard by everyone at Linfield, including Linfield Athletics director and coaches.

Ken walked in Avard's footsteps. Ken is in the Hall of Fame. Avard should be, too.