Monday, August 31, 2015

Ted Wilson biographical info

==TED WILSON bio for Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame

Coach 1961 - 1981

Ted Wilson spent 43 years developing, fostering and nurturing countless young athletes as a high school and college basketball coach.

Wilson served as Linfield's head men's basketball coach from 1961-81 and was also an assistant football coach under fellow Linfield Hall of Fame inductees Paul Durham and Ad Rutschman. Wilson, known as a relentless coach and competitor, was also highly regarded for his wit and wisdom.

The old Riley Gymnasium was dubbed the "House of Hustle" in honor of Wilson's particular style of basketball.

His Wildcat teams won or shared 10 conference championships and compiled an impressive 324-213 overall record. His teams set numerous school records, including longest home winning streak (25), longest road winning streak (6), single-game scoring record (141) and single-season scoring average (99.3).

Wilson was inducted into the NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame as a player and coach. He was also inducted into the Eastern Oregon College Hall of Fame, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the National Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame as a player. Although Wilson did not play high school football or baseball, he was an outstanding athlete in those sports, as well as basketball at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande. By his senior year, Wilson was serving as player-coach in both basketball and baseball. Following college, he coached basketball at La Grande, McMinnville and Beaverton high schools and was a pilot during World War II. He turned down pro baseball opportunities to return to Oregon and coach.

Wilson was honored by Linfield College when the gymnasium within the athletic complex was named for him during the building's dedication in 1989. Wilson died in May, 1996 at age 76. He was still teaching one class at the college and remained an active member of the Linfield community.

==Ted Wilson among 1998 inductees in the first “class” of Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame

Ted Wilson was represented by wife Ann Wilson, who recounted her late husband's 43-year coaching career. The wise and witty Wilson loved developing, fostering and nurturing countless athletes.

Wilson was an Oregon high school coach in La Grande, McMinnville and Beaverton. But, before that, as a Boardman High School student, he was a sports star, including a basketball player-coach. He also helped coach basketball and baseball at alma mater, Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. In 1988, he was inducted into the EOU Mountaineer Hall of Fame as a basketball and baseball athlete. He's also in the NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame.

Perhaps least known is Wilson's service as a Linfield assistant football coach. But, best know in his coaching resume was his tenure, 1961-1981, as Wildcat head men's coach. During those years, his fast-breaking teams were point scoring machines, tallying numerous Northwest Conference and NAIA District 2 titles and earning trips to the NAIA national basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo. During that time, old Riley Gym was packed with fans, hot and at a fever pitch led by the famous student "South Forty."

In 1989, when Riley Gym was retired, after the Linfield athletics complex was opened, it was only natural that the basketball court in the new complex was named for him.

Oregonian - May 11, 1996

Former Linfield College basketball coach Ted Wilson died Friday after suffering a heart attack while playing handball on the McMinnville school's campus.

Wilson died shortly after 1 p.m. in an area hospital. He was 76.

Wilson coached Linfield from 1961 to 1981, compiling a 324-213 record. He still taught a class at the school.

``We have lost a dear friend and colleague, but we must rejoice in having known him these many years,'' Linfield President Vivian A. Bull said in a news release.

During Wilson's 537-game tenure, the Wildcats won or shared 10 conference titles, but his claim was always that his teams' 196-94 conference record was a greater achievement.

Wilson was inducted into the NAIA District II Hall of Fame as a player and coach, and also was a member of the Eastern Oregon College Hall of Fame, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the NAIA National Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and the NAIA Hall of Fame as a player.

Raised in Boardman, Wilson got his first coaching assignment as a 17-year-old high school senior when he served as player-coach.

Wilson did not play football or baseball in high school, but he was a three-sport competitor at Eastern Oregon State College. Wilson also was a player-coach in basketball and baseball in his senior season at Eastern Oregon, and also served as student body president.

His background included coaching at La Grande, McMinnville and Beaverton high schools.

In World War II, Wilson was a pilot and later turned down an opportunity to play professional baseball so he could return to Oregon to coach.

In 1989, the gymnasium at Linfield's Athletic Complex was named for Wilson, and later the same year, the Wilson Classic basketball tournament was named in his honor.

Wilson is survived by his wife, Ann.


Oregonian - May 13, 1996

Ted R. Wilson, an Oregon Sports Hall of Famer associated with Linfield College athletics for 35 years, died May 10, 1996, of a heart attack at age 76.

A funeral will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in Linfield's Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield College in McMinnville.

Mr. Wilson was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Cecil. He was raised in Boardman and served as a flight instructor in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He played baseball, basketball and football at Eastern Oregon College. He received a master's degree from the University of Oregon.

He coached at La Grande, McMinnville and Beaverton high schools.

He also played semi-pro baseball for the Drain Black Sox in the 1950s. He was men's basketball coach at Linfield from 1961 to 1981 and continued to teach until his death. He married Ann Molek in 1986.

Survivors include his wife; brother, Dallas of Portland; and sisters, Audrey Smith of Portland, Phyllis Baker and Brick Duffy, both of The Dalles, and Gladys Morrison of Vale.

Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in The Dalles. The family suggests remembrances to the Ted Wilson Scholarship Fund at McMinnville High School in care of Valley Community Bank or Macy & Son Funeral Directors in McMinnville.

==Oregonian - May 27, 1950 story says Ted Wilson, boys basketball coach at La Grande High School since 1947 will become coach of the same sport at McMinnville High School.

==Sunday Oregonian - May 28, 1950 story says Ted Wilson is La Grande High School baseball coach. (So, this indicates he coached boys' basketball and baseball at La Grande High.)

==Oregonian - December 25, 1945 story says Ted Wilson will serve as men’s basketball assistant coach to head coach E.R. Quinn, who is also coaching the same sport and teaching at La Grande High School

==Oregonian - February 3, 1961 story says Ted Wilson will leave his job at Beaverton High School (where he is head boys basketball coach) to become head men’s basketball coach at Linfield College. Story also says Ted was head boys basketball coach at McMinnville High School, 1950-1956. And, story says Ted graduated from Eastern Oregon College in 1946 and earned a master’s degree in 1952 from the University of Oregon.

==Oregonian - February 28, 1969 Sports column says as an Army Air Corps pilot during World War II, Ted Wilson escaped death more than once. Ted’s basketball philosophy credited to Bob Quinn, his coach at Eastern Oregon College.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cat FB drills 8/29/2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Cat football drills 8/24/2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Linfield Football connections to discontinued or formerly discontinued football programs

This was posted 8/21/2015. Updated 8/25/2016.

Information below was correct, BEFORE Pacific, George Fox and College of Idaho resumed playing football in 2010 (Pacific) and 2014 (GF and C of I) respectively.

--George Fox did not play football 1969-2013

--Whitman’s last season playing football was 1976

--PU did not play football: 1992-2009

--C of I did not play football 1978-2013

--WWU’s last season playing football was 2008

::College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho::

College of Idaho’s last football game was played Saturday, Nov. 12, 1977, in Forest Grove, Ore., versus Pacific University. C of I, coached by Ed Knecht, won, 24-23.  Pacific coached by Frank Buckiewicz Sr.

Last time Linfield played C of I in football game was the afternoon of Oct. 15, 1977, on Maxwell Field in McMinnville, Ore. Linfield won, 34-14. Linfield coached by Ad Rutschman and C of I by Ed Knecht.

Both games were Northwest Conference (NAIA) contests.

On 8/25/2016 in Hermiston, Ore., Linfield (NCAAD3 Northwest Conference) and the College of Idaho (a member of the NAIA Frontier Conference) played each other in a controlled scrimmage.
::George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.::

One source says 1969 was the “last year football (was) played at George Fox.” Another source said, George Fox “dropped football at the end of 1969.” Not true.

The college announced it was dropping football in 1969. But, the last year/season George Fox played football was 1968.

The last varsity football game of George Fox University (then college) was Saturday night, Nov. 9, 1968, at McCready Field in Forest Grove. Jerry Louthan coached George Fox and Pacific was coached by Frank Buckiewiz Sr.

George Fox varsity lost in the mud to Northwest Conference (NAIA) opponent Pacific, 16-0, as reported in the Nov. 10, 1969, Sunday Oregonian, and the 1969 L’Ami George Fox student yearbook. (Note the 1969 yearbook covered the 1968-1969 academic year. Thus, the football season recapped was in 1968.)

--Story in 5/28/1969, Oregonian says “George Fox is ending football competition.”

--Oregonian of 6/11/1969, says “George Fox College dropped its plans for a 1969 football program.”

--Story in 10/31/1969, Oregonian mentions it was “last spring” (1969) “when George Fox dropped football.”

--The 1970 L’Ami George Fox student yearbook for the 1969-1970 academic year has coverage of 1969 men’s soccer. The soccer text in the yearbook says the sport was instituted as a “fill-in for football, which has been dropped.”

The last time Linfield varsity played George Fox (then Pacific College) varsity Friday, Oct. 23, 1942, in McMinnville. Linfield won 50-0. Linfield coach Henry Lever. George Orla Kendall, Jr., George Fox (then Pacific College) coach.

Linfield’s JV football played the George Fox varsity for several years. The last time that happened was 1963. Linfield won, 20-13.

::Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, Ore.::

Oregon Tech’s last football game was played the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 14, 1992, in Klamath Falls at Tech’s John F. Moehl Stadium. In that game, Tech, coached by Linfielder Craig Howard, beat Southern Oregon, 55-32.

The last time Linfield played Oregon Tech in football was in K-Falls on Saturday, Oct. 17, 1992. In a Columbia Football Association Conference (NAIA) contest. Linfield won 30-0. Linfield coached by Ed Langsdorf and Tech by Linfielder Craig Howard.

::Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.::

Pacific’s last football game was Saturday, Nov. 16, 1991, in Tacoma at the University of Puget Sound’s Baker Stadium. UPS won the game 35-31.

Last time Linfield played Pacific was Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, 1990, on McCready Field in Forest Grove. A Columbia Football Association (NAIA) non-counting game, Linfield won, 23-0.

Linfield coached by Ad Rutschman and Pacific by Bill Singler.

::Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.:

WWU’s last football game was played the afternoon Dec. 6, 2008, versus Colorado School of Mines in the Dixie Rotary Bowl in Dixie State College’s Hansen Stadium, St. George, Utah. WWU won, 25-10. WWU coach was Robin Ross.

Last time Linfield played WWU in football was the afternoon of Sept. 27, 1997, on Linfield’s Maxwell Field, McMinnville, Ore., WWU won, 28-17. It was a Columbia Football Association (NAIA) non-counting contest. Linfield coached by Ad Rutschman and WWU by Rob Thomas.

::Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.::

Whitman College’s last football game was in Portland on the afternoon of Nov. 13, 1976, at Lewis & Clark College’s Griswold Stadium. Whitman lost 35-7. Coaching Whitman was Ken Woody. L&C coached by Fred Wilson.

Last time Linfield played Whitman in football was Saturday, Oct 2, 1976, in Walla Walla at Borleske Stadium. In the Northwest Conference (NAIA) game with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, Linfield won, 25-15. Linfield coached by Ad Rutschman and Whitman by Ken Woody.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Linfield football 2015 ready

Counting the days until first game (Homecoming) on  Sept. 12 vs. Chapman. Kickoff 12:30 p.m. on Linfield's Legendary Maxwell Field, home of the Wildcats.

Season schedule posted at Linfield Sports Info website:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Levi Carlile, a former Linfield faculty athletic rep to NWC

In addition to being a faculty representative on the Linfield College Board of Trustees, Economics Professor Emeritus Levi  Carlile’s resume included serving several years as faculty athletic representative to the Northwest Conference (NWC), says Wildcatville.

Levi Carlile, former Linfield prof, dies at 87

McMinnville N-R 8/14/2015 

Levi Carlile, who taught economics and business at Linfield College from 1964 to 1993, died Aug. 10, 2015. He was 87.

Linfield accounting professor Rich Emery recalled Carlile saying people self-select Linfield. In an interview for Linfield Magazine, he said Carlile felt a certain type of person would attend Linfield, be happy with the education he or she received and remain happy with it over ensuing years.

That was also true for Carlile. The Texas native joined Linfield’s small economics department in 1964, after falling in love with the Pacific Northwest during a summer visit in 1961.

“When I pulled into the drive of the college, I thought there is no way this is real,” said Carlile as he retired from Linfield. “This school looks like it should be in Virginia or back east somewhere. I think it was the beauty and style of the architecture that struck me.”

He was a one-person economics department until he was joined in 1968 by Forrest Blodgett. 

Then-President Gordon C. Bjork asked the business and economic departments to merge in 1969.

In addition to teaching economics, Carlile served as a faculty representative on the college’s board of directors. In that role, he worked to ensure Linfield’s sustainability throughout the 1970s.

“There has been a great deal of just simply warm voluntary colleague support when it was sorely needed,” he said when he retired. “At times, I’ve had experiences with people at Linfield that I’ve disagreed with, but whom I have come to admire very much.”

Linfield President Thomas Hellie said he continued to help build the Economics and Business Department until his retirement in 1993.

He was born Levi James Carlile on July 21, 1928, in Kerrville, Texas.

After graduating from Somerset High School in 1946, he enlisted in the Navy.

Specializing in amphibious warfare, he earned a spot on the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team, predecessor to its present-day SEALs unit. He went on to attend officer candidate school.

He was assigned as boat group commander on the USS Mathews, where he served for two years during the Korean War before mustering out as a lieutenant.

During shore leave in Long Beach, California, he met Janice Beverly Johnson, a teacher from Minnesota. They married on Sept. 16, 1955, at the Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes, Calif.

After completing his Navy service, Carlile earned a master’s degree in economics and government at Texas A&I. Along the way, he served as student body president.

He went on to teach economics at San Antonio College, then took a corporate post with the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California. He worked on analysis and contract bidding for the Thor-Delta rocket program and other projects.

Moonlighting at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, rekindled his interest in teaching.

Survivors include his wife, sons Ben and Paul, daughter Carrie and four grandchildren. A memorial service and reception will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17, in the Great Room at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries, 544 N.E. Second St.

The family requests any gifts in his name be directed to the Give a Little Foundation, a nonprofit McMinnville-based group that helps people in need throughout Yamhill County. Additional information may be obtained by visiting or calling 503-857-2964.

Linfielder Dennis Anderson quoted in book about SF 49ers

Updated with Postscript 8/19/2015

Linfielder Dennis Anderson, Class of 1958, is quoted in a newly-published (June 2015) about the San Francisco 49ers NFL team. The book, by Dave Newhouse, is "Founding 49ers "The Dark Days Before the Dynasty" from Black Squirrel Books, a trade imprint of The Kent State University Press of Ohio.

A 49er of fame is R. C. Owens, who played football and basketball (with Elgin Baylor, who later transferred to Seattle University) at the College of Idaho (C of I) in Caldwell, Idaho. The Idaho college was a Northwest Conference football power in the early 1950s.

Owens played for San Francisco, 1957-1961. He is known as the receiver on the 49ers famous "Alley Oop" play where its quarterback lofts the ball high and Owens jumps and catches it. The play came into being when Owens played for C of I in McMinnville against Linfield.  Here's what the book says:

=Owens was a great leaper who would lift pro football, literally, to new heights. In a preseason game in Seattle against the Chicago Cardinals, Y.A. Tittle heaved a wild pass into the end zone. Owens soared high and caught it for a touchdown. Something new was happening, but it wasn't yet exactly clear.

=But, the NFL, and perhaps the 49ers, didn't know that Owens already was dunking the football in college. In 1954, he pulled out a 20-18 come-from-behind victory over Linfield College of Oregon with two touchdown catches plucked above the defensive backs. Dennis Anderson, a Linfield player and future journalist, watched agog from the sideline. "I thought the quarterback had put up a duck, but Owens jumped high, reached down over the defender and took the ball away for a touchdown," said Anderson. "I hadn't ever seen that done before, and I didn't see it done again until he played for the 49ers."

Anderson, who lives in McMinnville, has his own football-related fame. It came in 1986 working in the Linfield Athletic Dept. as a volunteer. Through his research, The Streak of Linfield football was discovered. See link to 2001 LA Times article below for info. 

Speaking of The Streak. It's at 59 seasons. A winning season in 2015 will make it an even 60. 


--Kent State University Press

--Star athlete R.C. Owens and The College of Idaho lift each other to new heights

--R.C. Owens dies at 77; 49ers 'alley oop' receiver  LA Times June 24, 2012

--Northwest Conference football champions
1952 C of I, Pacific
1953 C of I
1954 WU, C of I, L&C
1955 L&C, C of I

--A Small College With a Mean Streak  LA Times  Sept 27, 2001

Postscript ---

On Monday, Jan. 17, 1955 (8 p.m. tipoff) in Linfield’s gym, Dennis Anderson saw R.C. Owens and Elgin Baylor play for the C of I/College of Idaho Coyotes versus the Roy Helser-coached Linfield men's basketball Wildcats. C of I won that game (90-63) and two more against Linfield in February 1955 on C of I's home court in Caldwell, Idaho.

Paul Durham, Linfield athletic director and football coach, was sports editor and "Dodging with Durham" sports columnist of the McMinnville N-R/News-Register for many years, including the winter of 1954-1955.  He was known as a writer, not only for the newspaper but also for the Linfield Athletic Department newsletter. But, he also knew how to promote athletics.

Durham’s N-R story said the Jan. 17 game was seen by an “overflow crowd that swarmed the Linfield gym” to see Baylor, a freshman, who scored 27 points and had 27 rebounds, “only seven short of the total compiled by the entire Linfield team.”

In Durham’s Jan. 24, 1955, “Dodging with Durham” column, he wrote that Owens is “suffering from a fouled up left shoulder, which he hurt in trying to tackle Lewis and Clark’s (Caley) Cook in their football game this fall. The arm comes out of its socket rather easily and has to be put back in. The injury is painful but hurts less the more often it happens. Fans” including Anderson “at the Linfield–C of I basketball game in McMinnville last week, saw Owens take time out to have his coach put the arm back in place after it was dislocated in a backboard scramble. An operation can correct the problem. Linfield boys who have had operations of that type in recent years are Tom Barrett and Vern Marshall.

"Doctors say that after the operation the shoulder is stronger than ever since the ligaments and muscles are shortened and the arm can’t slip out of place again. There is a slight constriction of the use of the arm, however as far as full reaching is concerned.”

(Baylor went on to star in the NBA for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.)

Oh, about Durham knowing how to promote athletics. His promotional genius was on display on a N-R sports page in its Monday, Jan. 17, 1955, edition.  Below is the photo and cutline with the photo. Durham came up with the springs idea, borrowed the springs, wrote the cutline and took the photo.

The photo was taken inside Davison Auto Parts in McMinnville. Note the NAPA auto parts signage (NAPA/ National Automotive Parts Association, Assurance of Quality) in the upper right hand corner of the photo and the cans of motor oil in the photo’s lower right hand corner.


=DOESN’T REALLY NEED ‘EM -- Standing on a couple of truck springs provided by Dave Davison of Davison Auto Parts is College of Idaho’s great basketball performer R.C. Owens. Checking to see if Owens is using the springs to advantage is 6-6 Elgin Baylor, the phenomenal freshman who is getting national recognition for his shooting and rebounding ability. These two lads will use the springs in their own legs tonight on the Linfield court when they lead the Coyotes into battle against the Wildcats. (News-Register Pix 4681)=

Did you know?
In the 1949-1952 seasons, Helser and Durham were Linfield men’s basketball co-coaches.  In the 1952-1961 seasons, Helser had the job on his own before Ted Wilson became coach starting with the 1961-1962 season. 

Wilson coached Linfield in the 1965-1966 season, until he had a heart attack in late February 1966. Helser took over and coached the Wildcats the remainder of the season.  The remainder included four NWC season-ending games (all wins) , the NAIA District 2 playoffs (131-83 and 74-49 wins over Bob Quinn-coached EOC/Eastern Oregon College in a best of three series) and a game (95-81 loss) in Kansas City, Mo., in the 24th annual NAIA national basketball tourney vs. Lakeland (Wisc.) Muskies. 

By the way, when Wilson was an EOC student-athlete, Quinn was his basketball coach.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Joe Robillard's NFL experience


Linfield Class of 1969

Came to Linfield from Hood River High School, Hood River, Ore.

6-1and 200

Recruited to Linfield to play football. Lettered (1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968) in that sports for coaches Paul Durham and Ad Rutschman. Also lettered in track & field in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was Northwest Conference champ in both the high and intermediate (400 meter) hurdles and also ran on relay teams

Drafted by the NFL New Orleans Saints in (13th round, 319th pick) of 1969 NFL draft.

“I was generally not aware there were pro scouts at Linfield practices watching me. I suspect coaches Durham and Rutschman didn’t want disruption in practices. Knowing scouts were there could have caused that. After practices, I do remember talking to scouts for Green Bay, Atlanta and Detroit. They would talk to me a bit and get my height and weight and that was about it. I suspect they scouted big school players during games and small school players during practices. I never recall a pro scout watching me play in a game for Linfield.”

After I was drafted, a Saints scout game to campus. But, I’m sure to the scout’s surprise I declined to sign their offer sheet. I may have been one of the original contract “hold outs.”

Perhaps even more amazing when I think back on it is that fact I went to the two week Saints Rookie camp in New Orleans without a contract. But, that didn’t last long.

I was called to an office and met with two Saints officials and the team attorney. They made it clear that I would not be allowed to practice without signing a contract. They had me. I was 2,000 miles from home. The Saints paid for a one-way plane ticket (Portland to New Orleans). If I didn’t sign, I wasn’t going to practice. I would not get the $15 per diem. Here I was in the office with the three of them. I thought, “I’ve got them right where I wanted them.” But, of course, the reality is they had me right where they wanted me. I signed.

It went well for me. I was He was invited back to the Saints regular camp with the veterans at Cal-Western University in San Diego. I played in two pre-season games. But, I was cut after the second.

It was all about who was the biggest and baddest. We fought with each other all during practice. But, after practice we’d go out for a beer.

We didn't run pro schemes at Linfield so there were adjustments I had to make. Division 1 players on teams that ran pro schemes didn’t have many adjustments to make.

LINFIELD KNOWN? With two exceptions – a player from Hawaii who had played Linfield and a player from Oregon State, Linfield was an unknown.

Training camp and pre-season game experience showed me my skill level was not a significant step up from Linfield But because I was a late round draft choice I understood I was not going to be allowed many "do-overs" In hindsight, I should have spent time with a couple of Division 1 buddies on the team to better understand defensive schemes. If I’d done that I could have "reacted" rather than have to think through coverages.

It probably worked out for the best for me. Money wasn't huge back in the 1960's. Minimum salary was $14,000.  Today, I can still walk and remember my name.

I love watching college and pro football. Seeing my son, Matt Robillard, play football for Miami University of Ohio was especially enjoyable.

POSTSCRIPT – Joe played baseball for Linfield. Read story


-Baseball player Joe Robillard in Linfield Review, April 11, 1968

-Joe Robillard on cover of L&C at Linfield home game Oct. 5, 1968, printed program

-Clipping from Feb. 6, 1969, Linews story by Chuck Humble about Bob Haack, Joe Robillard, NFL draft

-Clipping, perhaps from a 1969 issue of the McMinnville News-Register, about Bob Haack, Joe Robillard, NLF draft

-Linfield Sports Info publicity photos