By News-Register staff • 

Howard joins Linfield women's soccer staff


McMinnville girls soccer coach Adam Howard has resigned his position to become an assistant coach for the Linfield women’s soccer team, the News-Register has learned.

Howard, a McMinnville High School graduate and former Linfield men’s soccer player, led the Grizzlies to a 9-17-4 record in two seasons at the head of the Mac girls soccer team. The Grizzlies finished sixth in the Class 6A Pacific Conference in 2013 (7-6-2, 2-4-1) and defeated Crater, 5-0, in a Class 6A state play-in game on Oct. 29. McMinnville’s season ended with a Nov. 2 state playoff loss at West Salem, 3-0.

Howard will assist Linfield head coach Cole McCool, who was promoted from an assistant position on Feb. 12 after Dominic Doty accepted an assistant coaching position with San Jose State University women’s soccer.

Howard, a teacher at McMinnville High School, served as the junior varsity girls basketball coach for McMinnville this season; it is unclear whether he will continue to coach the Grizzlies in the future. Howard was absent from McMinnville’s games against Forest Grove on Tuesday due to illness.

Howard also was the Yamhill-Carlton head track and field coach for the 2013 season, a position he resigned before the school year.

Neither Howard nor McCool responded to messages seeking comment.

A search for the Grizzlies’ next girls soccer coach is expected to begin soon.

The Linfield women’s soccer team has finished second in the Northwest Conference in each of the last three seasons. Doty compiled a 70-28-8 record in five seasons atop the Wildcats, which compete in NCAA Division III.

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