Linfield Wildcats

Terry Durham

Athlete 1963 - 1967

Terry Durham Terry Durham has been involved in sports all of his life. His induction, as a member of the "Class of 2000," into the Linfield Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes his contributions as a Wildcat athlete.

His association with Linfield comes easily. His father is Linfield Hall of Famer Paul Durham, long-time Wildcat football coach and athletic director. Terry was born in 1945. Paul came to Linfield as football coach in 1948. Players of that era remember Terry as a ball boy on the Wildcat football sidelines. While a McMinnville, Ore., High School student, he stood next to his father on the Linfield football sidelines and took notes during games. When he entered Linfield and was on the Wildcat football team, he again stood on the sidelines, not playing quarterback much as a freshman and sophomore.

"Dad always said I had to perform better than the other players that played my position, or he could not play me," Terry says. "So that was one challenge to deal with. Another was getting respect from the other players, as they really did not trust me being around them. They made me earn it.

"Playing for my dad was special. It got to the point in games that we would think alike, both calling the same play."

He earned it and became a two time all-Northwest Conference quarterback. Durham was one of the leaders of the 1965 Linfield team, which won conference and went on to the NAIA national playoffs. In the national semi-finals, Linfield went to Texas and beat Sul Ross State, 30-27.

His Linfield baseball career, playing for Coach Roy Helser, a Linfield Hall of Famer, was plagued with injuries. He played basketball as a freshman, then for the next two years "hoops" were limited to college intramurals until Coach Ted Wilson called. When Wilson kicked players off the 1966-1967 Linfield basketball team, Terry became a starting guard. Linfield tied for the conference title, beat Western Oregon in NAIA district and went to Kansas City, losing by a point in the opening round to the eventual champion in the NAIA National Championship opening round.

After Linfield, he played the 1967 season for the Victoria, British Columbia, team of the Continental Football League and had 1967 and 1968 tryouts with the NFL Chicago Bears.

His first coaching experience was in football at Linfield under Coach Ad Rutschman, while he earned (1969) a master's of education degree. Later, he coached football at Sunset High School, Beaverton, Ore.; Klamath Falls, Ore., High School, and was a football graduate assistant at Stanford University.

With a background in several sports, basketball is his focus today. This fall he begins his 23rd year as a National Basketball Association referee. His basketball officiating experience started as a junior high student, when he did grade school games. Later, he "refed" junior high, Linfield intramurals, high school, small and major college games. After applying to the NBA, he worked eight summer camps before being hired by the association.