Linfield Wildcats

Doug Hire

Athlete 1983 - 1986

Doug Hire Doug Hire, from the Class of 1987, began a long association with Linfield when he came to the college for the first time in 1983 as a freshman from Pearl City, Hawaii.

He would become one of the best offensive linemen in school history and play on national championship football teams in 1984 and 1986.

The Wildcats were 38-4-1 during his four years on the team.

But he might have never come to McMinnville if he hadn’t been diagnosed with leukemia when he was in high school. Hire was drawing interest from major college football programs when he fell ill. He began chemotherapy and his college plans switched gears.

Hire came to Linfield, and though it wasn't widely known, he endured chemotherapy and bone marrow treatments while he played on the football team, a testament to his courage and his physical toughness. The leukemia has been in remission for more than two decades.

Hire was an honorable mention NAIA All-American in 1985 and a first team All-American and an academic All-American in 1986. At 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, he possessed the strength and speed to dominate at the small college level.

Hire played three games for the Seattle Seahawks in 1987 as a fill-in center during the NFL players’ strike. Another opportunity with the Arizona Cardinals in 1988 was cut short when he kept receiving calls to interview at school districts in Oregon. He settled on Sprague High School, where he taught from 1988 to 2000.

Through it all, he never lost contact with his alma mater. Hire joined the Linfield athletic department in 2000 and is the associate athletic director in charge of facilities, and an associate head coach with the football team, working with the linemen.

Hire resides in West Salem with his wife Teresa, a 1988 Linfield graduate, and two children, Aaron, a senior at West Salem High School, and Miranda, an eighth grader at Walker Middle School.