Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Below is the original version of the letter Wildcat football fan Bryant Leathers of McMinnville sent about the Linfield 2009 football season to the McMinnville News-Register. The N-R ran an edited -- Bryant had to edit out about 86 words – to meet the newspaper's “2000 characters or approximately 300 words.” Limit. See the version the N-R ran, headlined "Congratulations, Linfield," on Dec. 19, 2009. See that version of the letter here. (But, you must scroll down to find the letter.)
Bryant (left) and Leo at Maxwell Field on 10/16/2010
before Pacific at Linfield football game.
I was 5 years old in 1963 when I watched my first Linfield College football game. At that time, they played at night under the lights and I thought I was watching a real professional football game, just like the games I watched on T.V.
Fast forward to 2009 and I am still enjoying the the greatest game ever invented. I have witnessed the 82, 84 and 86 teams that won the NAIA National Championship, I have witnessed the 2004 team that won the NCAA division 3 National Championship, I have seen Monday Night Football show video of Linfield football when that (certain play) happened a long time ago, and I have witnessed the 54 or is it 55 consecutive winning seasons the Linfield football teams have produced.
But I have to admit I am probably more impressed with Linfield football this year than I have been in a long time. I really can’t put my finger on why I was so surprised by the Wildcats this year, but a dear friend of mine might have said it best, he said, Bryant “They’re just a motley crew that plays’ well together”. With apologies to the players on the team, we were a team without what people call (Star players). We were a team that started the season with a daunting schedule and kept just winning games.
I have watched Linfield football from the coaching days of Paul Durham to Ad Rutchman on through to present day coach Smith, I have even been told by my father of Coach Lever, a man who coached Linfield football before Durham, and may I add is the name of the street that runs directly behind Maxwell field, but I will remember this team as a team that overcame a very tough schedule, and my own doubts to finish with a 12-1 record, a ranking of # 3 in the nation and a newfound respect from a loyal fan (Me).
I will continue to attend Linfield games with my Dad, we will carry our portable chairs and seat ourselves in the north end zone as usual and enjoy this great game called Linfield Football. The Marines have a motto that I will incorporate into Linfield football from now on, “we are the FEW, we are the PROUD, we are the WILDCATS”. Congratulations Linfield College on a great season, you should be proud.
Friday, October 22, 2010
1921-38—Otto ‘‘Proc’’ Klum
1940-41—Eugene ‘‘Luke’’ Gill
1941-42—Theodore ‘‘Pump’’ Searle
1960-61—Frederick Haehnlen Jr.
1962-66—Young Suk Ko
x-acting or interim
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Hartford Connection's Pete Dengenis, Mike Stelman visit Linfield Football practice at Maxwell Field 10/15/2010
Read about the famous Linfield "Hartford Connection" here.
By Whitney Bermes, McMinnville News-Register, 10/16/2010
Most college football coaches can’t return to their alma maters to take part in homecoming festivities. No pep rallies. No parades. No reliving tradition.
At Linfield College, 12 coaches get to celebrate homecoming every time they step onto Maxwell Field on Saturday afternoons.
The 2010 homecoming game at 1:30 p.m. today vs. Pacific is but one more example.
Of the 17 coaches manning Linfield’s staff, 12 donned the WIldcat uniforms themselves.
“Coming from Linfield, everyone’s been there, done that,” said wide receivers coach James Yen, a 2002 graduate. “It’s a tradition passed down from the coaches we had before in Coach (Ed) Langsdorf and Coach (Jay) Locey and now into Coach (Joseph) Smith.”
Smith, the head coach, is the first to come to mind. A 1993 graduate, he was an All-American cornerback for the ’Cats and kick-started his coaching career with his alma mater.
“Linfield has its own way of doing things,” Smith said, “so by hiring a player that’s gone through our system, they know the expectations. They know how to do things. They know how to teach the game and they know how to do it within the value system we want to keep perpetuating.”
Doug Hire, an offensive guard on the 1986 NAIA national championship team, is in his 11th year on the staff, the fifth as assistant head coach.
Defensive coordinator Jackson Vaughan is a ’97 grad. Playing only one year because of a career-ending injury, Vaughn started his Wildcat coaching career as a college junior.
Phil Romach, in his fourth year coaching linebackers, was part of four consecutive Northwest Conference championship teams, including the 2004 NCAA Division III group that won the national title.
Brandon Hazenberg oversees tight ends and special teams in his fifth year on staff. As a Wildcat, Hazenberg earned a spot in the record books. He ranks fourth all-time in all-purpose yards (3,767), receiving yards (2,165) and receiving touchdowns (22).
The illustrious Ad Rutschman assists with kickoff returns. The 24-year football coach was a 12-time letter winner as a Linfield athlete in football, basketball and baseball from 1950 to 1954. Rutschman coached Linfield to three NAIA Division II national championships and 15 NWC titles.
Rutschman, who retired as head coach in 1991, is in his 10th year helping with special teams.
Quarterbacks coach Brett Elliott has been on staff for three years. As quarterback for the 2004 NCAA Division III national championship team, Elliott broke both Linfield and conference records for single game, single season and career passing.
Fifth-year chaplain Tyler Matthews, a 2003 graduate, quarterbacked the Wildcats and ranks second behind Elliott in Linfield history in passing yards, touchdown passes and passing efficiency.
Ryan Devlin, a 2005 Linfield grad, is in his fifth year on staff. Kyle Otineru, a three-year starter on the offensive line, comes off his senior season in 2010 to be a part of the staff.
Graduate assistant Jared Hinkle, in his second year, played offensive tackle through 2008.
Gabe Haberly, also in his second year, was a ’Cat cornerback through 2008. And 2001 grad and ex-Linfield kicker Scott Cannon is in his second year on staff.
It’s not unique for a school in Division III football to have players transition into coaches at their alma mater.
Take the Northwest Conference, for example. Willamette boasts six alums on its 13-man staff. Pacific Lutheran also has six.
That’s the closest to the Linfield dozen anyone in the NWC comes.
Three ex-Loggers made their way onto Puget Sound’s staff. Whitworth has two alums, Pacific and Lewis & Clark one each.
No program can hold a candle to Linfield’s 54 consecutive winning seasons, a national record. The benefits of having homemade coaches is apparent in the Streak.
The tradition, the expectations, the preparation it takes to win have all been passed down year to year, coach to coach, player to player.
“There’s such loyalty to the program because, hopefully, because of how the program’s being run and the experience kids have,” Smith said. “They’re so loyal to it, they’re willing to come back and do a tremendous amount of work for very little pay.”
Yen said that when recruiting the newest generation of Wildcats, coaches emphasize the family atmosphere this coaching tradition has created as one of the pillars of Linfield’s success.
“You kind of bond and you become family and that’s kind of the mentality here,” Yen said. “It’s a family-oriented coaching staff here. It’s really hard to leave sometimes and I think our coaching staff feels the same way.
“When winning comes, it’s nice and granted it’s a good benefit. But the relationships that you form are probably the best experiences we do have.”
Monday, October 18, 2010
Up until that time, he had been at every Linfield home football game since returning to Linfield as its baseball coach in 1984. He became the college’s athletic director in 1996. One of his athletic director duties is home football game management.
His reason for missing the game was for a wonderful reason. He and his wife, Linfield grad Cathy Carnahan, principal of McMinnville’s Duniway Middle School, were in Washington, D.C. She was honored there on Oct. 1, 2010, as 2010 National Middle School Principal of the Year during an awards banquet kicking off National Principals Month.
Both Carnahans are members of the Linfield Class of 1973.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Originally posted 10/16/2010: Scott Carnahan: Missed Linfield home football game for first time since 1984
When Linfield athletic director/Linfield grad Scott Carnahan, former Linfield head football coach, missed the Oct. 2, 2010 Willamette at Linfield football game on Maxwell Field – Wildcats won 35-7-- it was a milestone event for him.
Up until that time, he had not missed a Linfield home football game since returning to Linfield as its baseball coach in 1984. He became the college’s athletic director in 1996. One of his athletic director duties is home football game management.
His reason for missing the game was for a wonderful reason. He and his wife, Linfield grad Cathy Carnahan, principal of McMinnville’s Duniway Middle School, were in Washington, D.C. She was honored there on Oct. 1, 2010, as 2010 National Middle School Principal of the Year
Both Scott and Cathy are members of the Linfield Class of 1973.
during an awards banquet kicking off National Principals Month.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Famous McMinnville UFO 1950 photo has similarity to 2010 photo from Linfield football game.
Photo from McMinnville Telephone-Register newspaper, June 8, 1950. Taken on a farm near McMinnville.
Photo from Wildcatville, Oct. 2, 2010. Taken during Willamette at Linfield football game in McMinnville on Linfield College's Maxwell Field. Fans in grandstand observe UFO.