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Pacific hires new athletics coach

Pacific University athletic director Ken Schumann announced on Tuesday that Matt Lydum has been selected as the new head coach of the Boxer cross-country and track and field programs.

Lydum replaces Brent Erickson, who resigned this summer to take over the same two programs at Portland State.

Lydum has previously been the head coach in both cross-country and track and field at Defiance College in Ohio, and he also helmed the track and field program at San Francisco State.

“We are very pleased that Matt has joined our Boxer family,” Schumann said. “Matt brings a great deal of experience and knowledge to the table and is the right guy to lead these programs. We fully expect that the men’s and women’s teams in both sports will grow and become championship contenders in the Northwest Conference.”

Lydum is an Oregon native who graduated from Thurston High School in Springfield, and he was a two-sport star at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University). He played football for the Wolves in 1985 and 1986, and as a member of the track and field team he was a district champion and NAIA All-American in the hammer throw in 1990.

Lydum hit the ground running, with the cross-country squads arriving on campus on Tuesday.

“All the pieces of the puzzle are in place to build something special here,” Lydum said. “Pacific has great facilities, the staffing, and bright student-athletes to build a championship program. Down the road, looking at the big picture, we are situated to be an outstanding program at the national level.”

Lydum has been an active clinician for USA Track and Field for many years and has been the director of the Youth Level 2 program since 2010.

“We need to bring in endurance runners that fit our profile and then we can help them develop,” Lydum said. “We want to recruit and retain high-level student-athletes by providing for them an outstanding experience that helps them grow in all areas, including reaching their athletic goals.”

Fall sports ready to get underway

Another summer has flown by and fall sports practices have already begun at high schools around the state, with games and football jamborees slated to start next week.

Here’s a rundown of when all the local prep teams start their seasons:

Forest Grove

• Football – Friday, Sept. 4, at David Douglas, 7 p.m.

• Volleyball – Tuesday, Sept. 1, vs. McMinnville, 6:30 p.m.

• Boys soccer – Tuesday, Sept. 8, vs. Century, 7 p.m.

• Girls soccer – Thursday, Sept. 3, vs. Tualatin, 7 p.m.

• Cross-country – Thursday, Aug. 27, at Wilsonville, 6 p.m.

Banks

• Football – Friday, Sept. 4, vs. North Marion, 7 p.m.

• Volleyball – Thursday, Sept. 3, at Estacada, 7 p.m.

• Boys soccer – Thursday, Sept. 3, vs. Gladstone, 4 p.m.

• Girls soccer – Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Molalla, 6 p.m.

• Cross-country – Thursday, Aug. 27, at Wilsonville, 6 p.m.

Gaston

• Football – Friday, Sept. 4, vs. Reedsport, 7 p.m.

• Volleyball – Saturday, Aug. 29, vs. North Clackamas, 11 a.m., vs. Perrydale, 2 p.m.

Hole-in-one at Forest Hills GC

Terry Vancil hit a hole-in-one at Forest Hills Golf Course on Thursday, July 30. Vancil aced the 135-yard 13th hole with a 6 hybrid.