Linfield asst. coach Thorson leaves Wildcats
Linfield College running backs coach and former Dayton football coach Gary Thorson has accepted a head football coaching job at Sisters High School, The Bulletin newspaper in Bend reported Thursday.
Thorson has spent six years as an assistant coach for the Wildcats, his alma mater, working with the running backs for the last two seasons. He coached the Pirates for the 2010 and 2011 seasons, compiling a 22-3 record and reaching the Class 3A state championship game in 2011. Dayton lost that game to Santiam Christian, 31-28, on a last-second field goal.
Thorson also served as an assistant coach at McMinnville High School and as a head coach at Grant and Dallas high schools.
Thorson has not yet relocated to Sisters, but he told the Bulletin that he has traveled to Sisters multiple times a week to meet with players. He is a physical education teacher at Patton Middle School in McMinnville.
Sisters finished with a 1-8 overall record (1-4 Class 4A Sky-Em League) in 2013. The Outlaws remain in the Sky-Em League after OSAA reclassification; their league opponents are Cottage Grove, Elmira, Junction City, Sutherlin and Sweet Home.
Sisters won Class 3A state championships in 1998 and 1999 and was the Class 4A state runner-up in 2006 and 2007. The Outlaws have not made the playoffs since the 2007 season.