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McCool moves up as new head coach

A new head women’s soccer coach has officially been hired after the resignation of Head Coach Dominic Doty last year.

Cole McCool, formerly the assistant coach for women’s soccer, was officially offered the position on Feb. 11, after an interview process with Athletic Director Scott Carnahan and Assistant Athletic Director Doug Hire.

“I had hoped for the past few years that when [Doty] decided to move on in his coaching career that I would be a natural replacement,” McCool said in an email. “[Doty] and I spoke a lot about how best to transition the girls and the program, and it went very smoothly.”

McCool has always had a passion for soccer, and began coaching youth soccer clubs in his hometown when he was in high school. McCool later received a full-ride scholarship to play soccer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

After graduating in 2007 he continued coaching boys and girls youth club soccer, and in 2010 began coaching women’s soccer at Linfield after Doty, a childhood friend of McCool, asked McCool to be his assistant.

“I am not planning on making many changes, because [Doty] basically did everything right,” McCool said. “The culture is great in the program, and the players are as talented as any team in the country.”

Many of the players were nervous once Doty announced his resignation, as many of them didn’t want someone completely new to the program coaching them. However, many players were pleased with the smooth transition from Doty to McCool.

“I couldn’t be happier that [McCool] got the job,” junior Ellie Schmidt said. “Now that they have hired someone, especially within the program, the tide has calmed and I think the team is really coming to terms with the situation.”

McCool is looking forward to being able to “put [his] stamp and playing philosophy on the program,” as well as tweaking certain aspects of how the team trains and play games.

“I just hope to keep the ball rolling and hopefully motivate and push the girls to achieve even more success and continue to love the game,” McCool said.

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Head cross country coach breaks American record

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(From Left to Right) Assistant cross country coach Chris McIsaac, Cameron Chester, head cross country coach Greg Mitchell along
with two fellow athletes stand together after finishing 50 laps. Mitchell turned 40 on Sept. 13, which motivated him into the 40-44
competition division. Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

The record attempt was to mark Mitchell’s 40th birthday, which moved him into the age 40-44 competition division. A crowd of

Linfield students and Mitchell’s family and friends totalled nearly 100 out at the Linfield track to cheer Mitchell on and to celebrate his

birthday.

Mitchell began the race with four other runners. They ran as a unit for much of the race, but three of the four fell off the group pace

before finishing. Cameron Chester, an alum of Linfield’s track and field team, and Chris McIsaac, assistant coach of Linfield cross

country, were among them.

At the 10,000 meter halfway point, Mitchell’s time was 32 minutes 48 seconds, well under the previous record holder’s time of 34

minutes 11 seconds.

The previous 20,000 meter record was set in Jacksonville, Florida in 2005 by John Metzgar, age 42.

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Zywicki and Mitchell run one of 50 total laps around the track. Mitchell got first place, beating the record by just over four minutes just
ahead of the other athletes that was racing with him.
Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

Mitchell’s lap times hovered around 78-79 seconds for much of the first 10,000 meters (25 laps). For the second half of the race, his

pace increased and his lap times dropped to around 76 seconds.

With each pass around the track, the crowd cheered Mitchell on, making good use of commemorative cowbells distributed in honor of

Mitchell’s birthday. Mitchell’s final time was

64 minutes 47 seconds, shattering Metzgar’s previous record of 68 minutes 21 seconds.

Mitchell has been involved with the Linfield cross country team for eight years now. Previous to his involvement with the Wildcats, he

served as assistant coach in several high school track and field and cross country programs, including McMinville high school.

Mitchell is also a Linfield alum, part of the class of 1995. He was a four-year letter-winner on both the Linfield track and field and

cross country teams.

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Greg Mitchell wraps himself with an American flag after finishing his run. Mitchell finished the 50 laps in 64 minutes and 47 seconds.
Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

His Linfield track and field career included two conference crowns and two second place finishes in the 10,000 meters event.

He also placed second in two separate cross country

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Greg Mitchell wraps himself with an American flag after finishing his run. Mitchell finished the 50 laps in 64 minutes and 47 seconds.

Photos: Rosa Johnson/Copy editor

Men’s head basketball coach retires after 26 seasons

Larry Doty
Larry Doty

Larry Doty

The men’s basketball team held senior night Feb. 16 for all players leaving the team to say their good-byes and receive honors from the program. However, one person was left out on this night. Head coach Larry Doty, or “Dotes” as players and other students know him as, is retiring after 26 seasons of coaching the Wildcats.

“It’s the fastest 26 years I have been through,” Doty said.

The tenured coach has held his position the longest in program history. He also recorded the most victories in program history with 330.

He was the last full-time faculty and head coach hired by the school.

Doty attended West Linn High School, then Linfield for his undergraduate and master’s degrees, during which, he was a three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball.

“I had a great experience here as an athlete,” Doty said.

During his senior year playing basketball, coached by Ted Wilson, the team had the program’s all-time best scoring record with 2,676 points in 28 games. The team’s average was 95.6 points per game.

After having positive experiences with basketball in both high school and college, Doty stepped into coaching himself.

He coached the West Linn Lions men’s basketball team. The team took fourth in the state during his final year of coaching.

As soon as he saw an opening for head coach at Linfield, Doty quickly applied for the position.

During his time as head coach, Doty made sure the men that went through his program had positive experiences.

In addition to the 100 hours spent to prepare for about 26 games a season, the team spends time bonding through fundraising events, volunteering and team trips.

“We end up doing those kinds of things because we spend a lot of time together,” Doty said.

His players know him for all of the stories that he shares with them, which helps him standout as a lively individual.

“[Doty] is somebody who teaches his players much more than just the game of basketball. He is constantly teaching his players life lessons as well,” senior Dakotah Pine said.

Doty’s son Dominic Doty is also a member of the basketball staff. He has served as an assistant coach for the past six years, in addition to his four years as head coach for women’s soccer.

“I think every son grows up wanting to be like their father. I was just lucky enough to be a part of his legacy, Dominic said in an email.

“I can’t begin to tell you all the things he has taught me or all the ways he has impacted my experience as a coach today. I wouldn’t know where to start. But what I can say is that I am what I am as a coach and a person today because of him.”

Doty’s family was constantly sitting in the stands cheering him and Dominic Doty on at home games.

Doty also helped lead game management for the soccer games so he could support his son.

“When you are a coach, your family makes sacrifices,” Doty said. “It’s been a family affair.”

After leading two teams to conference championships in 1999 and 2001, Doty said he is now ready to try new things in his life.

He will continue to teach classes for the Human Health and Athletic Performance Department and also oversee internships for students.

Doty has helped find opportunities for players to get involved on campus and is now helping other students receive the same opportunities.

“The things that I will take with me are the experiences with the student athletes,” Doty said.

Former players from all over, including ones from Iceland and England, remain in contact with him, following their college careers. Reconnecting with players and seeing how they are following their college careers is something that Doty enjoys.

“He has devoted as much time, energy, and effort into the Linfield men’s basketball program as he possibly could,” Pine said. “When you drive past the HHPA, it doesn’t matter if it’s a weekday or weekend, 6 a.m. or midnight, there is a good chance you will see his car parked in front of Cook Hall.”

Although Doty has completed his time with the men’s basketball program, this does not mean he is done impacting students’ lives at Linfield.

“It just seemed like the right time for me, my wife, my family and the right time for the basketball program,” Doty said.

 Ivanna Tucker / Sports Editor

New coaching staff leaves little time to recruit for women’s teams this spring

A whistle blows, and immediately, the yelling begins. Players run for the ball as other teammates shout commands and support. One player drops the ball and laughs, apologizing before picking it up with her lacrosse stick and continuing on with the scrimmage.

By just watching, one would never realize that Linfield’s women’s lacrosse team struggled for numbers this season. And its not the only team, either.

Linfield’s women’s golf team also struggled for players this season, and is barely scrapping by with a team of four, although it is technically a full team.

“We have enough to fill a team, but for the most part, we could use a couple more girls,” said Samantha Smith, the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team and Linfield alum.

Currently, women’s lacrosse has 14 players, but is hoping to get up to at least 16 or 17 to have more subs available. Women’s golf is hoping to get up to about six or seven players next season.

The low numbers this year for both women’s golf and women’s lacrosse could be because of both the head coaches being new this year and not having enough time to recruit new members.

“It was tough for the women’s [golf] team because it had a coach step in partway through the season,” said Brynn Hurdus, the head coach of women’s golf and also Linfield alum.

Halfway through last season, the old women’s golf coach had to leave after saying he was too busy with work.

Another coach stepped in who had no previous experience coaching women’s golf, and Hurdus was hired in the summer. But it was too late, Hurdus said, and she couldn’t do any recruiting for this year’s team.

“I’ve talked to a lot of recruits, and it looks like we’ll have numbers back up for next year,” Hurdus said.

Smith has also been recruiting women through emailing previous players and other women on the team asking their friends to come out and play. So far, they were able to get three new players.

“It’s a huge relief,” Smith said. “Being a first-year coach, you don’t want to have to forfeit every game because you don’t have enough girls coming out.”

 

Samantha Sigler/ News editor

Samantha Sigler can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.

New coaching staff leaves little time to recruit for women’s teams this spring

A whistle blows, and immediately, the yelling begins. Players run for the ball as other teammates shout commands and support. One player drops the ball and laughs, apologizing before picking it up with her lacrosse stick and continuing on with the scrimmage.

By just watching, one would never realize that Linfield’s women’s lacrosse team struggled for numbers this season. And its not the only team, either.

Linfield’s women’s golf team also struggled for players this season, and is barely scrapping by with a team of four, although it is technically a full team.

“We have enough to fill a team, but for the most part, we could use a couple more girls,” said Samantha Smith, the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team and Linfield alum.

Currently, women’s lacrosse has 14 players, but is hoping to get up to at least 16 or 17 to have more subs available.

Women’s golf is hoping to get up to about six or seven players next season.

The low numbers this year for both women’s golf and women’s lacrosse could be because of both the head coaches being new this year and not having enough time to recruit new members.

“It was tough for the women’s [golf] team because it had a coach step in partway through the season,” said Brynn Hurdus, the head coach of women’s golf and also Linfield alum.

Halfway through last season, the old women’s golf coach had to leave after saying he was too busy with work.

Another coach stepped in who had no previous experience coaching women’s golf, and Hurdus was hired in the summer. But it was too late, Hurdus said, and she couldn’t do any recruiting for this year’s team.

“I’ve talked to a lot of recruits, and it looks like we’ll have numbers back up for next year,” Hurdus said.

Smith has also been recruiting women through emailing previous players and other women on the team asking their friends to come out and play. So far, they were able to get three new players.

“It’s a huge relief,” Smith said. “Being a first-year coach, you don’t want to have to forfeit every game because you don’t have enough girls coming out.”

Samantha Sigler
News editor

Samantha Sigler can be reached at linfieldreviewnews@gmail.com.