Linfield Wildcats

Paul Warren

Athlete 1926 - 1930

Paul Warren Paul Warren of the Class of 1930 was a multi-sport standout in the early years of Linfield athletics. Known as an aggressive, competitive performer with fine sportsmanship, Warren earned 12 letters competing in football, basketball and track and field.

He was a starter all four years in football and basketball and served as team captain in both sports.

As a halfback and quarterback in football, Warren put to use both elusive moves and pure speed. He became the first Linfield player ever voted to the Northwest Conference all-star team, despite the fact that Linfield did not win a game in 1929 and went five games without scoring.

In basketball, he was an all-star guard who possessed an accurate shooting touch and a tenacious spirit on defense. Wildcats coach Henry Sielk described Warren as "one of the best defensive basketball men I have ever seen and is the best player I have ever coached." He was also a sprinter on Linfield's track and field team.

Warren was a four-year member of the Cardinal "L" Club, serving as secretary and later club president.

After graduating from Linfield, Warren taught and coached basketball at Roseburg (Ore.) High School. He moved on to Grant High School in Portland, where he taught and coached the Generals to four consecutive city championships in track and field and the 1939 state track title.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, Warren officiated high school and college football and basketball games during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He refereed in the Pacific Coast League and was selected to referee the New Year's Day Rose Bowl football game on several occasions. As an experiment, he was the first person in the region to referee a basketball game from a "crow's nest" vantage point above the basket.

In the late 1940s, Warren became supervisor of driver training and transportation for the State of Oregon, overseeing student driver and school-bus driver training programs. He was also the secretary of the National Safety Council.

Warren became a teacher and coach at Leslie Junior High in Salem in 1955. He received his master's degree in administration from Linfield in 1958 and continued teaching at Leslie until his retirement in 1973.

Born in McMinnville, Ore., he was inducted as an athlete into the NAIA District 2 Hall of Fame in 1962. Warren graduated from McMinnville High School, where he competed in football, basketball, baseball and track.

Warren passed away in McMinnville in 1999 at age 90. He and his wife, Ruth (Powell), raised two children and seven grandchildren.