A member of seven Northwest Conference championship football teams as a player and an assistant coach, Joe Salta made a broad impact on the Linfield football program during the mid-1970s.
Helping establish a storied tradition of outstanding athletes at his position, Salta was described as “maybe the best defensive end ever to play at Linfield” by then-defensive coordinator John Knight.
A four-year starter on the defensive line, Salta was largely responsible for the Wildcats winning or sharing the conference title each of his four seasons in uniform. Linfield compiled a 30-8 overall record and twice earned first all-conference and first team Little All-Northwest honors.
A two-time NAIA All-American, Salta was a finalist as a senior for the Bill Hayward Award, recognizing the state of Oregon’s top amateur athlete.
Following graduation in 1978, Salta continued to serve Linfield as a defensive ends coach, winning three more conference titles and helping the ‘Cats advance to the playoffs in 1978 and 1980.
After Linfield, Salta entered the construction field and was involved in public works projects throughout Oregon and Washington. In 2001, he joined the Washington County Clean Water Services.