Madison dilemma continues
- Cliff Pfenning
- Portland Tribune - Sports
District says Greg Lord can't keep job while his knee heals
When Greg Lord resigned from the baseball and football jobs at Madison, it was less than a happy parting.
Lord, who had knee replacement surgery in February, was in the process of rehabilitating his knee and had taken a leave from his teaching job at the school. Early in practice for the baseball season, he decided to take time off from the baseball team, too.
'I was having trouble getting down the stairs and out to the field, and I wanted to be able to walk out to coach at third base without limping,' Lord says. 'So, I asked the district to allow me to take a leave of absence.'
When the answer came back as 'no,' Lord resigned from both coaching jobs. The district has subsequently listed him as unassigned for next year, akin to freezing him out of a job, Lord says. So, he's looking for a job in another district.
'I'll take whatever's open,' he says. 'And it doesn't have to be a head job.'
Lord, who led Madison to a 21-5 record and fourth place in the Portland Interscholastic League last season, was Oregon assistant coach of the year two years ago.
Art Chase, a longtime coach in Vancouver, Wash., has taken over the baseball job.
Lord's departure continues a revolving door of coaches at the school. Chase is the third baseball coach in three years, and the football team is headed for its third coach in three years, too. Last year, the school didn't hire a football coach until Lord took the job in mid-June.
Hiring a coach in June, after schools already had football conditioning camps in May, severely hurt the Senators' numbers. Only 36 players turned out.
Only 20 players are out for the baseball program, which resulted in loss of the freshman team. Lord says he was puzzled by the low turnout for baseball.
'There's a lot of talent walking through the halls that should be out on the field; I'm not sure what's going on with that,' he says. 'If that's because of me, then I guess my leaving will help solve that problem.'
One name that pops up as an interesting candidate for the Madison football job is Chad Carlson, who has spent three years as the offensive coordinator at Lincoln. He is coaching an indoor football team in Hawaii.
STATE SKIING: Lincoln's Craig Francis placed second in the giant slalom and fourth overall in the boys combined at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association state championships at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Tyler Colville of Lincoln was fourth in the slalom, and Jarrod Levesque of Wilson was seventh in combined after taking eighth in giant slalom and ninth in slalom.
Lincoln was third in the team standings behind winner Lakeridge and runner-up Ashland.
Jesuit was fourth among the girls. The top three, in order, were Hood River, Lakeridge and Sandy. Jesuit's Ashley Woodworth won the slalom and was sixth in combined. Teammate Taimi Arvidson was fifth in combined, placing fourth in slalom and 10th in giant slalom.
NOTES: Wilson junior Eric Pickard has yet to play a match as the top singles player for the Trojans. Pickard, part of a doubles team that reached the state final last year, has an injured shoulder and was held out of Wilson's first two matches. É Mike Doherty, who recently moved to the top of the state in boys basketball wins with 667, will be inducted into the National Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June. Doherty, 65, began his coaching career in 1962 at Washington High and has coached at six other Oregon schools, including six seasons at Reynolds. He won three state titles, two at Corvallis and one at McNary. He is headed for his fifth season at Oregon City.
Wilson guard Chris Rodgers is primed to play in the Jordan Classic, an all-star basketball game set for April 11 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. The game would be Rodgers' final one as a prep player. The NCAA limits incoming freshmen to two all-star games. Rodgers also played in the Northwest Shootout. Other top all-star games include the McDonald's all-star game at Madison Square Garden and the Kentucky Derby, which is played the week before the legendary horse race in Louisville, Ky.