Rob Holstrom, West Linn’s athletic director for the past 14 years, is moving on and returning to his roots in the process.

While it’s not exactly a promotion, Holstrom recently received an offer that he couldn’t turn down. His son Ryne, a standout football and basketball player for the Lions and later a lineman for Northern Arizona University, recently landed a job as a head basketball coach in Arizona and he called his father to help round out his staff.

“How many opportunities do you get to have to go back to a smaller school and to coach with your son?” Holstrom said.

It didn’t hurt that Ryne and his wife are also expecting their first child, which will be Rob’s first grandchild.

Holstrom was a strong basketball player for North Eugene in high school, playing with Danny Ainge on a team that won a state championship.

“You wouldn’t know it to look at me now, but I was a skinny point guard on that team,” Holstrom said.

He would play college ball for Lane Community College, Mt. Hood Community College and Eastern Oregon University and later landed a head coaching job at Mapleton High School, where he coached volleyball and was an assistant coach in football.

Holstrom would later move on to St. Helens High School where he spent 14 years, seven of which were as the school’s athletic director.

In 1999, Holstrom was working a job fair for St. Helens at the Portland Convention Center and he was stationed directly across from West Linn’s booth.

“This power point slide kept coming up about how they had an opening for an athletic director....,” Holstrom says.

Holstrom got the job and began his long tenure with the Lions.

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