By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Y-C High coach Ogden involved in crash

UPDATED / Thursday, Oct. 15:

AMITY -- Yamhill-Carlton High School head volleyball coach Madisen Ogden was involved in a motor vehicle crash south of Amity on Highway 99W Monday night.

The Oregon State Police gave this account:

Ogden, 21, was driving her 2005 Ford Focus southbound on the highway near Frizzel Road when she drove off the shoulder, crossed the northbound lane and rolled out into a nearby field. No other vehicles or individuals were involved in the crash. Trooper Chad Drew issued her a warning.

Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Ogden confirmed that she had been in a crash and had been injured, but did not specify her injuries. 

Ogden missed Yamhill-Carlton's home volleyball game against Cascade Tuesday, with assistant coach Jordan Savage acting as head coach in her stead. The Tigers fell to the Cougars, 25-4, 25-7, 25-18, to drop to 0-8 in Class 4A Oregon West Conference play and 0-14 overall. 

Ogden had previously missed the first three games of Y-C's season after the Oregon School Activities Association suspended her for a "rule of two" violation on coaching club players out of season. (The program was also fined $1,500.) The OSAA had initially suspended Ogden for nine games but reduced the length on appeal from the school.

Ogden is in her first season as head coach of the Tigers after succeeding Julie McGraw, who stepped down last fall after 15 seasons atop the program.

McGraw, a longtime club volleyball coach in Yamhill County, suffered a stroke at a club tournament last January, and Ogden took over some of the coaching duties afterward, where she incurred the "rule of two" violation.



Is this really news?... If you can't even report what the citation is for, aren't you just inviting speculation. The suspension, for me, doesn't seem like a big deal given the circumstances.

Paul Daquilante

Madison Ogden was warned and not cited by an Oregon State Police trooper.


wow...kind of an important detail to get wrong....

vball fan

The article does say a warning. Not cited.


I agree with you in large measure. My take is:
1) It clearly merits a story when a head coach misses a match because she's gotten involved in a major rollover crash and is reeling from the aftereffects.
2) However, it does not merits mention of a citation alleging nothing more than a routine driving infraction. I would reserve that for a criminal charge like DUII, DWS or drug possession, which are often handled by citation.
3) It never merits mention of a citation when you don't know what that citation is for.
In this case, we relied on a form with a box checked next to "Citation/warning." I think that was a bad idea, and I think you can count on us not doing that again.
Steve Bagwell
Managing Editor


Vball Fan:
I neglected to mention that the story has now been corrected to say only a warning was issued. The original version referenced a citation on unknown grounds.