Linfield Wildcats

John Voll

Athlete 1932 - 1936

John Voll The late John Voll enjoyed a variety of pursuits over the course of his athletic and professional career. He was multiple-sport athlete at Linfield, went on to coach several different sports at area high schools, then became a successful businessman.

Voll lettered three times in football, basketball and baseball but an injury cut short his playing career. As a senior, he was put in charge of the McMinnville High School freshman football team, leading the young Grizzlies to an undefeated record. Voll also coached the MHS sophomore basketball team and played semi-professional baseball. He graduated in 1936 with a bachelor's degree in political and social science.

Voll's first job out of college was a coaching position at Clatskanie High School, where he spent five years. He molded a championship football team in the Columbia County League, his basketball team competed for the right to advance to the state tournament and he also coached the track and field team.

After moving over to Rainier High School to teach and coach for one year, Voll returned to McMinnville High School where he was put in charge of the football and track teams. He founded the baseball program at McMinnville and also coached the summer American Legion baseball team.

Voll retired from teaching and coaching in 1944 to become sales manager at Vollsteadt-Kerr Lumber Co. in McMinnville. A year later, he founded the Voll Lumber Co. which he operated for 14 years in Grass Valley and Sheridan, Ore., and Fortuna, Calif. Voll returned to McMinnville in 1959 and established the Voll Realty Company. He went on to become president of the Yamhill County Board of Realtors in 1963 and was president of the Oregon Board of Realtors in 1968. Although he was no longer coaching, Voll remained active in athletics, officiating football, basketball and baseball games for 25 years.

In 1980, his athletic career was commemorated with his induction into the NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame.

Voll's interest in sports was piqued at Franklin High School in Portland, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball before graduating in 1932. He was married 59 years to his wife, Mabel, before passing away in August of 1996.