McMinnville hires coaches for fall sports
When Adam Howard left the McMinnville High School girls soccer program to become a women’s soccer assistant at Linfield College, one of the first calls he made was to Victor Campos.
Campos served as a volunteer coach under Howard during the Grizzlies’ 2013 season, in which McMinnville went 7-6-2 (2-4-1 Class 6A Pacific Conference; sixth) and made the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs before falling to West Salem. He spoke with his former coaches, including former Mac Athletic Director Sean Burke, and developed a comprehensive handbook to present at his interview.
“(Howard) thought I’d done a good job with the girls so far and he thought I was a pretty good candidate for the job,” Campos recalled.
McMinnville Athletic Director Mark Hinthorn agreed, and Hinthorn has hired Campos to succeed Howard as head coach of the Grizzlies.
“He’s got a lot of the player’s mentality and knowledge of the game,” Hinthorn said. “He’s looking to build on our defensive strengths but add an offensive attack to take our program to the next level.”
Campos is a former Mac High and Linfield College soccer player who graduated from Linfield in 2009. This is his first paid coaching position at any level of soccer.
“It’s always something I wanted to do, being here in Mac,” Campos said. “I have all this pride and passion for McMinnville soccer.
“Baker Field is my favorite place in the world. That’s where my varsity home games were, so that’s my favorite place in the world. There’s no place I’d rather be than coaching here in McMinnville.”
Campos will take over a program that figures to grow in 2014. Hinthorn has tentatively approved the creation of a McMinnville girls soccer junior varsity II team after the Grizzlies fielded varsity and junior varsity squads in 2013.
The discussions to add a third team “came as outgrowth last year, with strong turnout at camps – it was a logical continuation for us,” Hinthorn said.
McMinnville graduates five members of its 20-person varsity roster. The 2014 squad will have 11 seniors, assuming every junior returns.
“I told the girls, it starts now,” Campos said. “If we want to turn it around, to be special, it’s got to start now.”
Gubrud to coach Mac volleyball – for a year
In filling the McMinnville volleyball coaching position – vacated by Ben Patterson after an eight-year stint – Hinthorn struggled to find what he characterized as the right fit for the volleyball program.
“We had a decent applicant pool, but a lot of coaches expressed that living in McMinnville or commuting was not an option,” Hinthorn said. “We went through interviews and came out thinking, what’s going to be best for the program in the long run? It’s really advantageous to have the coach in the building.”
The Grizzlies’ coach in 2014 will be in the building, teaching physical education. And she’s a familiar face around the program.
Jen Gubrud, who coached Mac volleyball from 2000 to 2005, will lead the Grizzlies on a one-year interim basis next season.
“I didn’t apply for the job,” Gubrud said. “They approached me about it. (Hinthorn) felt like that was the best thing. If that’s what he thinks is best and they have to find somebody with a little more time, then good.”
Gubrud spent the 2013 season as a volunteer coach of the team and has coached many of the players in a club or high school setting since they were 12 years old. (Gubrud’s daughter, Montanna, is a rising junior setter on the varsity squad.) She also spent seven years coaching the McMinnville junior varsity before becoming the varsity head coach in 2000.
“I really would do anything for those girls,” Gubrud said. “Ben left some great legacies, some good traditions. I want them to have the best year possible.”
The Grizzlies finished 17-6 overall and 11-3 in Class 6A Pacific Conference play in 2013, taking second. Mac fell to Sheldon in the second round of the OSAA Class 6A state playoffs.