Match Game: Local coaches and where they played college football


Football season has ended and what’s a fan to do till Fall? Check back here for news, info and posts to keep you up to date about the local high school football scene. 

National Letter of Intent Day (or Signing Day) just started on 02/01/17 and lasts till 04/01/17.You may or may not have known that many of our local high school football coaches played college football (or ran track).

Test your knowledge, maybe learn something new and Play Match game. Match the coach (left column) with the school (middle column) and the position they played (right column). Grab a pencil and paper and make your list.  Answers are posted following this chart. ENJOY!


UPDATE: Two new local high school coaches have been announced this week. Central Linn has hired Jed Leeper to replace Dusty Birchfield who will be the offensive coordinator at Springfield High School and assist Head Coach Jon Helmandollar. Sheldon has hired Marshfield Coach Josh Line as their new coach to replace Lane Johnson. This will be the third Irish Coach with Marshfield ties! I’ve added Coach Leeper and Coach Line to the Match Game below. 

Rick Raish (North Eugene)  Boise State  DB, KR
AJ Robinson (Churchill)  Oregon  WR
Justin Starck (Thurston) Southern Oregon Track (Sprints)
Patt Todd (Lowell) Pacific University  WR
Kevin Leonard (South Eugene) Wayne State (Nebraska)  QB
Josh Wolfram (Willamette) Washington State  TE
Frank Geske (Marist) Portland State  QB
Jon Helmandollar (Springfield) Western Oregon  O-Line
Scott Phelps (Harrisburg) University of Central Missouri FB
Josh Line (Sheldon) Southern Oregon LB
Jed Leeper (Central Linn) Oregon RB




Frank Geske (Marist)
– Coach Geske played wide receiver at Pacific University in Forest Grove.

Rick Raish (North Eugene) – Coach Raish played quarterback at Southern Oregon University from 1985-1988. He was team Captain in 1988.  His sophomore season his tight end was Pat Todd (Lowell).

Pat Todd (Lowell) – Coach Todd was an honorable mention tight end at Southern Oregon University. His quarterback his freshman year was Jeff McClenathen who was an assistant coach at Eagle Point and his junior season his QB was Tim Dodson who recently retired after many years coaching at Siuslaw.

AJ Robinson (Churchill) – Coach Robinson played quarterback at Western Oregon University from 2006-2010 and played with Kevin Boss (New York Giants tight end). He also played in the first ever NCAA football game in Canada when Western Oregon played at Simon Fraser University in 2010.

Kevin Leonard (South Eugene) – Following a stellar high school career as a running back at Churchill, Coach Leonard played defensive back and kick returner at Portland State University. He was on the Portland State team that beat Delaware State 105-0 in 1980 at Civic Stadium. His Coach was Mouse Davis and his QB was Neil Lomax.

Jon Helmandollar (Springfield) – An Idaho native, Coach Helmandollar played running back at Boise State University. He was on the squad for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl when the Broncos ran the famous two point Statue of Liberty play to upset Oklahoma 43-42 in 2007.

Justin Starck (Thurston) – Coach Starck played on the offensive line (tackle) for the Oregon Ducks in 1992 and 1993. He played in NFL Europe and some other professional leagues as well.

Scott Phelps (Harrisburg) – Coach Phelps ran sprints at Washington State in the late 1980’s. If you are at all familiar with Coach Phelps’ speed training, background and the speed on the Harrisburg Eagles teams the last few years, this does not surprise you.

Josh Wolfram (Willamette) – Coach Wolfram played wide receiver at Wayne State (Nebraska) and then at Western Oregon University.

Jed Leeper (Central Linn) – Coach Leeper played linebacker at University of Central Missouri. He was on the 2001 team that was the first team in school history to win a post-season game. Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker is also a UCM grad.

Josh Line (Sheldon) – Coach Line played fullback for the Oregon Ducks and has fond memories of the incredible touchdown run made by Maurice Morris in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl in which he rolled over a Colorado player but was never down. He also recalls the 56-55 2 OT win over Arizona State known as “The Miracle in the Desert” in 2000. 

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