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Smythe returns to Lakeridge

by: , Tom Smythe most recently coached in Vancouver, Wash. He led Lakeridge to its only football state championship in school history and will return to end his career with the Pacers for the 2009 season.

Former Lakeridge head football coach Tom Smythe is now the new Lakeridge head football coach.

"He brings instant credibility, stability and excitement to our football program. Kids from 3rd grade through 11th grade are fired up about the opportunity to play for coach Smythe," Lakeridge athletic director Ian Lamont said in a statement.

Smythe led the Pacers from 1971 to 1988 and won the school's only state title in football in 1987.

He would then go on to win two state championships at McKay High School in Salem and most recently coached in Vancouver, Wash.

Last year Lakeridge suffered from historically low turn outs and, as a result ended up with only one victory on the year against Putnam.

That followed a two-win season in 2007 as injuries and a lack of depth hurt the Pacers once again and the team failed to make the playoffs.

Lamont became the head coach for the 2008 season after previous coach Rob Kool was asked to step down in late August.

The hire will be made official when it is confirmed by the Lake Oswego School Board.