Linfield Wildcats

Bret Bailey

Athlete 1979 - 1982

Bret Bailey Bret Bailey, from the class of 1982, is one of the most accomplished dual-sport athletes in Linfield’s rich athletic history.

An all-conference football player and three-time all-conference baseball player, Bailey helped the Wildcats to Northwest Conference championships in both sports during his time at Linfield.

A left fielder, he was the most valuable player of the 1980 and 1981 baseball teams and was its captain as a senior in 1982.

At 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, the Gresham native was also a speedy, talented inside linebacker who piled up tackles and did everything that was asked of him. He was the Wildcats’ defensive player of the year as a senior. Linfield was 17-3 during Bailey’s junior and senior seasons and held opponents to fewer than 10 points an astonishing 13 times.

The fall after he graduated, Bailey hung around the football program while student-teaching and served as a graduate assistant during Linfield’s 1982 championship season, coaching the defensive ends.

On the baseball diamond, his speed and power explain how, after 25 years, he still ranks among the Wildcats’ all-time leaders in doubles. He is tied for fifth in doubles for a single season with 15, and is tied for fourth in career doubles with 32.

Bailey, a power hitter, recalled being asked to bunt one time at Whitman by then-coach Ad Rutschman. He fouled the first two pitches off the barrel of his bat. When the third pitch came, Bailey decided to swing and launched a home run.

On another occasion, against Lewis & Clark, Bailey was one of five Linfield batters to homer in the same inning.

Bailey has been a fixture at Bend High School since his days at Linfield. “I went there right out of college and fell in love with the place,” Bailey said.

In addition to teaching, Bailey has been an assistant football coach at Bend High for 25 years. He also coached junior varsity baseball from 1985-95.

Bailey lives in Bend with his wife, Kelli, and their daughter, Trede, 15, and son, Kyle, 12.