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Strachan takes charge at Tualatin

The enthusiastic coach is tabbed for what he calls his destination job
by: Dan Brood ON THE JOB — New Tualatin High School baseball coach Adam Strachan (left) congratulates Cooper Brunner following an OIBA game this summer.

TUALATIN - Adam Strachan has played a lot of baseball.

After that, he jumped into the world of coaching - seeking what he called a destination job.

Well, it seems like he's found it.

And, so far, he's loving it.

Strachan's first head coaching job turned out to the destination job he was looking for. That's because, back in the early part of the summer, Strachan was hired to be the varsity head baseball coach at Tualatin High School.

'I'm so fortunate to get my destination job as my first varsity head coaching job,' Strachan said earlier this summer. 'I'm thrilled about it - especially with it happening at Tualatin High School. I love Tualatin High School.'

Strachan is replacing Matt Unis as the Timberwolves' head baseball coach. Unis resigned from the post following the 2011 season, which saw Tualatin put together an overall record of 23-6 while reaching the quarterfinal round of the Class 6A state playoffs.

Unis, in his seven years coaching baseball at Tualatin, took the Timberwolves to the semifinal round of the state playoffs twice and to the quarterfinals four times. He compiled an overall record of 144-53.

'I love Matt,' Strachan said Saturday, following the Tualatin-based Suburban Door team's 5-1 loss to Jesuit in the OIBA tournament. 'Matt built a machine here, and I want to keep that machine rolling.'

Strachan, a 2000 Glencoe High School graduate, has an extensive baseball playing background.

The left-handed hitting catcher played four years of varsity ball at Glencoe. He was named one of the nation's 100 top prep players by USA Today, following his senior year with the Crimson Tide.

Strachan signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at San Diego State University. But, early in his stay at San Diego, Strachan decided that it wasn't the best place for him.

'It wasn't what it was made up to be,' he said.

Strachan looked to transfer to Oregon State University to play baseball. That meant he couldn't play Division I baseball for a year. So, as a freshman, he played baseball at Linn-Benton Community College.

It was there, when playing at catcher, Strachan suffered an arm injury that ended his collegiate baseball career.

But it also signaled the start of a promising coaching career.

In the summers during the years he attended Oregon State University, Strachan helped out coaching with the Glencoe American Legion baseball program.

In 2005, Strachan began a student teaching stint at Springfield High School. He served as the Millers' varsity assistant baseball coach at that time.

In 2006, Strachan was hired as a teacher at Tualatin High School. He's taught there ever since, coaching at least two sports every year.

In 2006, he coached freshman baseball and freshman girls basketball at the school.

Starting in the 2007 school year, Strachan has served as an assistant cross country coach and as the junior varsity baseball coach for the Timberwolves.

Strachan said that, even with the promotion to the varsity baseball coaching post, he'll continue to serve as an assistant cross country coach at the school.

'My two passions are baseball and running,' he said. 'And I'm so blessed to get to coach both of those sports here at Tualatin High School.'

Strachan actually began his head coaching stint this summer as he took over the head spot with the Suburban Door OIBA squad, immediately following the high school season.

He helped guide the Dawgs to an overall record of 34-7 this summer.

'The transition went really smooth,' said Suburban Door catcher Matt Miller, who is a Tualatin High School senior-to-be.

That probably should be expected from an enthusiastic coach who just got his destination job.