Friday, May 26, 2017

Ad Rutschman: He's Linfield College cardinal & purple through and through, but he wears Oregon State University orange, too

Ad Rutschman (Class of 1954) is Linfield College cardinal & purple through and through, but he wears Oregon State University orange, too.

Ad is a Linfield grad and was a standout Wildcat athlete in football, basketball and baseball. For Linfield he was a national titles-winning coach (baseball, football) and also served as athletic director.

A Hillsboro (Oregon) High grad, he almost selected Oregon State College (now OSU) for college. But, he wanted to play football AND baseball. However, during spring practice the OSC Beaver football leadership said he would be released to play baseball games for the Beavs, but not be able to practice with the baseball team. That’s one of the reasons he selected to attend/compete for Linfield.

These days (this posted 5/26/2017) Ad gets to watch “what might have been” with  Adley Rutschman, one of Ad & Joan Rutschman’s grandchildren. Adley plays football (kicker) and baseball (starting catcher) for Oregon State. A Sherwood (Oregon) High School grad, Adley is the son of Randy (Class of 1981) & Carol Rutchman of Sherwood. 

Wildcatville photo of orange-clad Ad and Ad with Randy & Carol taken 5/19/2017 at the OSU baseball facility in Corvallis. Adley as an OSU baseball player from OSU Sports Info.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Linfield President Hellie announces 2018 retirement (Linfield Review 5/15/2017)

Goodbye Carney: After 34 years, AD, coach retires (Linfield Review 5/15/2017)

Headline print edition: Goodbye Carney: After 34 years, AD, coach retires

Headline online: After 34 years, AD, coach retires

May 15, 2017 Linfield Review 

June 30 marks the end of a storied career for Scott Carnahan.

“I felt like this was home,” Carnahan said. “I will miss the relationships more than anything.”

He said Linfield is a place where people make lifelong friends. “It seems like there’s a closeness here that’s been present for a long time,” Carnahan said.

“Carney will be greatly missed by the baseball team and by the whole Linfield community,” Brady Rediger, ’17, said. “He put endless amounts of time into the baseball program, the athletic department and all other aspects of Linfield.”

“We are sad to see Carnahan leave. He has meant so much to this program, this school, and all the players he has come in contact with,” Carter Buuck, ’17, said.

Carnahan said he has seen Linfield evolve, and the support from the community and Linfield donors is what made it happen. He was at Linfield to see Riley Hall transition from a bowling alley and gymnasium to a Starbucks and the Fred Meyer Lounge. Carnahan also oversaw major projects like the development of the Health, Human, Performance and Athletics building.

“This building made a big impact on the student-body because at first, there was no fitness center at all,” Carnahan said.

He was also part of the major upgrades to the football, track, tennis, soccer, baseball and softball venues as well as the development of the Rutschman Field House and Hewlett-Packard Park property.
Carnahan graduated from Linfield in 1973. He played football and baseball. He was hired at Linfield in 1983 and eventually became the athletic director and an extremely successful baseball coach. “My experience as a student-athlete is what drew me back.”

Carnahan was head coach of baseball for 26 seasons and eight seasons as the pitching coach.  As head coach, he was named NAIA District 2 Coach of the Year three times and Northwest Conference Coach of the Year 11 times. In addition his teams won NWC championships from1992 through 1996 and were NWC champions 11 times.

Carnahan will retire but will remain a member of the Linfield family. He said he is not sure what he will do, but he wants to “stay connected to Linfield in some way.”

In his free time, Carnahan said he will work on home projects and spend time with his grandchildren.
Second year assistant coach Stan Manley will lead the Wildcats next year as the head coach.

“I think things will transition well next year. Coach Manley has been with the program for a couple of years now, so I think things won’t change too much,” Rediger said. “I believe the baseball program will continue to be successful, just a slightly different coaching staff.”

“Coach Manley is a great leader and our team will return to campus next fall ready to give him our all, and work toward a national championship,” Buuck said.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Retirement Celebration: Coach/Athletic Director Scott Carnahan, Class of 1973

Retirement Celebration:

Coach/Athletic Director Scott Carnahan, Class of 1973

Ted Wilson Gymnasium

Saturday, June 10, 2017

2 p.m. social hour, 3 p.m. program

Register now!


José Feliciano: Greatest musical performer never to perform at Linfield!

On Thursday, Oct. 19, 1967, during Linfield Homecoming 1967 the guitarists/singer did not perform in Riley Gym as opening act to the Buckinghams.

Feliciano (born José Montserrate Feliciano García in Puerto Rico) was heavily promoted (see Sunday Oregonian story Oct. 15, 1967, and advertisement in same newspaper Oct. 19, 1967) as the Buckingham’s opening act, but illness forced his last minute cancellation. His replacement was comedian Sandy Baron (born Sanford Irving Beresofsky in Brooklyn, N.Y.).

It’s easy to lament not hearing Jose Feliciano, but it’s also easy to forget that, according to Wikipedia, he “recorded the Doors' song ‘Light My Fire’ in a Latin style and released it as a single, and in the summer of 1968 it reached #3 on the US pop charts with over one million copies sold in the US market alone.” Thus, his general fame came after when he would have graced the maples of Riley Gym.


Below from the Oregonian an Oct. 15, 1967, story and an Oct. 19, 1967, advertisement. Note error in ad. It says concert was to be Oct. 29, not Oct. 19. And, from the Linfield Review cutline for a photo from Oct. 12, 1967, issue; and story headlined “Singer-Guitarist Appears in Riley Concert” from Oct. 19, 1967.

For more info go to:

Oct. 19, 1967:  The Buckinghams, but not José Feliciano, performed during Homecoming in Riley Gym

Saturday, May 13, 2017

All about the Desels, Linfielders

Terrific “Stopping By” column by Linfielder Starla Pointer in the 5/9/2017 McMinnville News-Register/N-R about the Desels, Ted (Portland’s Washington High School Class of 1957, Linfield Class of 1961) and Lynne (Spokane’s Lewis & Clark High School Class of 1960 and Linfield Class of 1964).

In addition to what’s in the column (scroll down to read it), here’s some additional information as told by Ted to Wildcatville.


Column mentions Ted took the Linfield drama/theatric arts/Little Theater director job even though its home, the original Frerichs Hall, had burned down.

“The Theatre burned over Christmas vacation December 1969. At the end of the school year Paul Little (the drama/theatric arts/Little Theater director) left for a job at the University of Redlands in California. Craig Singletary called me from Linfield to see if I would be interested in applying for the theater position, without a theater. Despite that deficit I decided I would apply. I discovered there was no real solution in sight. With Craig's leadership it was decided that if I came the administration would give the Pioneer Hall dormitory lounge as the "new" theatre. So we started from scratch and over time made it a flexible theatre, shop, and classroom for classes, construction and playing space. That was my theatre space for the duration of my time at Linfield,” said Ted.
Until 1980 at Linfield, Ted taught Acting I and II, Play Production (Stagecraft and Lighting), Scenic Design, Theatre History, Stage Makeup and co-taught a Dramatic Literature course with Dr. Kenneth Erickson.

(In 1980, Dr. Thomas Gressler, PhD, was hired as Linfield Director of Theater and Ted focused on all the technical theatre classes and functions.)


The N-R column said Ted’s early ambition was to be a truck driver. While he never drove trucks, he did, says the column, drive bus during summer vacations and during the winter ski season.

Ted explains that his “other ‘career’ (driving buses) began in in 1974 to “help make up for the salary reductions required when Linfield was in financial difficulties. I continued to drive part-time , with two short periods as a full-time driver, until last October (2016).”

He worked with several companies through the years as they were bought and sold, ending with MTRWestern last October. In that time he drove the western states and provinces from Jasper, Alberta, east to Denver (where he saw Pope John II), south to San Diego, and “most all highways in between plus many off roads with military and forest service fire teams.”

He drove bus for high school, college, and adult snow skiing groups on Friday nights or Saturdays to either Mount Hood Meadows, Mount Bachelor, Hoodoo or Willamette Pass.

One of his greatest pleasures was being Wildcat football team away game driver for 22 years. “I thank Linfield football Coach Ad Rutschman for that opportunity,” he said.


Ted had a few experiences helping with Linfield football and radio broadcasts along with Dave Hansen.

“As I recall, there was a Linfield football game at Whitman College in Walla Walla. It must have been in the mid-1970’s. I drove the team bus and Dave was the broadcaster. I was his spotter for him. But, the kicker was Dave and I did an impromptu description of a halftime marching band routine at the game. I did one or two other spotting jobs for him in those early days. Somehow I did a Linfield men’s basketball play-by-play from PLU. It was terrible and forgettable. In recent years I did some spotting for Craig Singletary at least once a season when his daughter was not available,” Ted said.
Oh, Ted also remembers going with Dave when they flew to College of Idaho (game in Caldwell) and Whitworth (game in Spokane) to do football games. “I may have been along for the ride and/or helped with spotting,” said Ted.


As a high school and college student, Ted was a team member swimming the breast stroke “to get the points for third/fourth,” he said.

At Linfield he was head coach of the Wildcat swim team in the 1973 and 1974 seasons. “We had a small team blessed with very talented swimmers. Lance Powell was the NWC breaststroke champion. We were competitive in all events we entered, too small to win any meets,” he said.


A full, happy life
By Starla Pointer, McMinnville N-R

Ted and Lynne Desel had demanding schedules when they were working, he as a professor of speech and drama, she as director of the Linfield Preschool.

They thought they were busy then. Now that they’re retired, though, their itinerary is completely full.

By choice.

 “We’re always scheduled for something,” Lynne said. “That’s nice, the way it works. We have time when we need time.”

Lynne, a member of the McMinnville Garden Cub, loves to grow plants and fashion arrangements from her own flowers and greenery.

 “Arranging is my thing,” she said, explaining how she might use daffodils, hellebores and false holly together in spring, or mix an assortment of blooms for a summer bouquet.

She’s been thinking lately of ways to discourage deer from getting to her flowers before she does. “I may get one of those big water guns,” she joked.

Lynne has a pillow in her living room that reads, “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you.” She is, in every respect, a flower person.

Indoors, she loves knitting, a pursuit she first took up in retirement. “You need to do one new thing a year, right?” she said, explaining why she decided to embrace knitting.

She also devotes time to reading.

A book club member, she reads “everything under the sun,” from self-improvement and health to mystery and suspense. She favors J.D. Robb and Catherine Coulter for the latter.

Ted is a reader as well. He’s in a men’s book club that just finished “Silence,” by Shusaku Endo, as translated by William Johnson. The historical novel tells the story of Portuguese Catholic missionaries in 17th century Japan.

Ted also directs plays, and retirement gives him time to pursue direction in greater depth. For example, when he directed Gallery Theater’s production of “Wings,” a drama about a stroke victim, he read every book available on strokes.

He and Lynne enjoy attending plays, as well. And he served as a consultant on Chehalem Repertory’s recent production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.”

Ted also enjoys creating N-scale model railroad layouts. He concentrates on the period between 1965 and 1975, when the Northern Pacific and Great Northern combined to become Burlington Northern.

He also has a couple of steam trains and some special pieces, including the Southern Pacific 4449 Daylight engine and a White Pass train, a reminder of the Desels’ trip to Skagway, Alaska.

The small scale — 1:160th, making locomotives about 4 inches long — challenges him to do more in less space, he said.

 “It’s like doing a big show in the Arena Theater,” he said. “You take a big idea and squish.”

In addition, Ted said proudly, he provides the muscle in his wife’s garden. He does their general yardwork, too, even giving their thick, wet lawn its first trim of the spring with a weedeater.

“Ted hardly ever sits down,” Lynne said.

Both are active in the McMinnville Covenant Church. They participate in couples’ Bible study sessions and monthly outreach sessions downtown in addition to Sunday services.

Lynne also sings soprano in a choral group and teaches children’s classes. Ted works with the sound and lighting systems, leads drama productions and drives the church van.

They both enjoy traveling, too, especially if their destination is Washington, D.C., or Texas, where they have children and grandchildren. Daughter Erin Lynne and her two girls live in the capital, while son Jeremy and his four children live in the Lone Star State.

 “One of the nicest things about retiring is the freedom to go see the grandkids,” Lynne said.

She was the founding director of Linfield’s preschool. She retired in 2005 after putting in 31 years.

“No matter what, I can’t go anywhere without someone saying ‘Hello, I had you in preschool!’” said Lynne, who has also done some public school substituting in retirement.

 “Some of them, I had both them and their parents in preschool,” she said. “They remember me.

 “That’s the fun about having a long career,” she added. “I love it!”

Although Ted also runs into former students, he’s not recognized as often as his wife. “It’s nice to be anonymous,” he quipped.

Ted retired in 2005 as well.

He had been teaching speech and directing plays at Chemeketa Community College for 14 years. Earlier, he had spent 17 years as a theater professor at Linfield.

He also drove bus during summer vacations and during the winter ski season.

The Desels, who marked their 52nd anniversary on March 21, came to McMinnville separately as Linfield students. When they met, Ted, a Portlander, was a senior, and Lynne, from Spokane, was a freshman.

Lynne was attracted to Linfield by the choir. She planned to major in English, then decided to become a teacher.

Since Linfield had no elementary education department in the 1960s, she transferred to Portland State to finish up.

Ted’s early ambition was to become a truck driver. When his mother urged him to attend college, he visited Linfield and met Paul Little, an admissions counselor and theater professor.

Ted enrolled. And he decided to pursue an interest in the technical side of theater — lighting, sound work, set building, designing and other backstage crafts — that he’d developed in high school.

He still recommends the technical side, as it offers great career opportunities for those who enjoy theater, but have no yen for the stage.

 “There are jobs with very good money and consistency,” he said. While acting is extremely competitive, he said, “as a tech, you always work.”

He has tried his hand at acting, but only on a handful of occasions.

Following graduation, Ted taught at Portland State, then Beaverton and West Linn high schools, for a time. Then one of his former professors, Craig Singletary, called to urge him to apply for a job running Linfield’s theater department.

Ted said yes, even though he knew it would pose a special challenge.

It seems the original Frerichs Hall, which housed the drama department, had just burned down. And there was neither money nor space for a new facility.

 “Linfield had produced some graduates who were doing good theater work,” he said, and he wanted to maintain that tradition. So he accepted that challenge.

During his first years as a Linfield professor, he and Lynne also served as dorm parents. Along with their baby son, they lived first in Grover, then Larsell.

On Sundays, Lynne would cook a spaghetti dinner for dorm residents, as the dining hall was closed.

He taught and directed in a small black-box performance space in Pioneer Hall, the college’s original building. For larger productions, such as the musical “Godspell,” he used Melrose.

Another of his roles was to work with the newly emerging community theater, Gallery Players of Oregon, which began staging plays in Linfield’s Renshaw Gallery during the summer. Ted directed some of the first productions for the operation, now known as Gallery Theater.

Almost half a century later, and more than a decade into retirement, Ted still directs at Gallery every year or two. His next show is set to open the theater’s golden anniversary season in January, in fact.

With help from his wife, the director will soon begin preparing.

There’s plenty of time for that. They just have to work it into their schedule.


PHOTO FROM 1974 Oak Leaves of Ted as Linfield swim coach.