Baker was Capital Conference Coach of the Year in 2006 as Indians went 9-0

PHOTO COURTESY OF MOLALLA RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT  - Tim Baker (left) in his last game as Molalla High School's head football coach in 2006.

While Molalla High School's football program has found its new coach, it won't be a new face coming to town.

Tim Baker has been selected to lead the Indians' football program after Grant Boustead's sudden departure from the program last month.

Baker was the head coach for the 2003 through 2006 seasons as he led the Indians to multiple playoff appearances, including a league title in his final season when they went 6-0 in Capital Conference play, eventually falling to Central 19-8 in the second round of the 4A playoffs. Baker was awarded Capital Conference Coach of the Year honors that season as well.

Travis Reeser then took over the program in 2007 and resigned after the 2008 season as Kaleb Mitchell would become head coach from the 2009 to 2014 seasons.

"I've wanted to get back into coaching for a while, and I'm fortunate enough to return to the community of Molalla – a place that holds many cherished memories in the classroom and on the football field, and where I have met a lot of wonderful people," Baker said a press release from the Molalla River School District. "I look forward to many new memories as well."

Baker originally served as an assistant coach beginning in 1998 before taking the reins five years later. He then resigned in the spring of 2007 as he cited family commitments – according to the press release – similar to Reeser and Boustead as well.

Baker taught at Molalla River Middle School from 1998 to 2000, when he transferred to the high school. He is currently the Dean of Students and the Special Education Coordinator at Oregon City Service Learning Academy, a public charter high school in the Oregon City School District, according to the press release.

He grew up in La Grande and graduated from La Grande High School as he went on to earn his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon and his Master's in Education from Western Oregon University. He has been married to his wife, Sherri, for 20 years and has two children; his son Cale is 16 and plays football for Wilsonville High School and his daughter, Sammie, is in sixth grade and is a competitive dancer.

"I want the kids to believe that they are capable of playing for state championships, and from day one, that is what I'm going to instill in them," Baker said in the press release. "We are going to get started right away and build with an eye not only [on] a league title, but also a state championship."

"But what is most important is for the kids to become leaders in school and in their community. We're going to build our program as a family where of the older players take the younger players under their wing and show them how we do things in Molalla; by doing things with pride, with respect towards each other, and with character," he said.

Author's note: Baker will be reached out to for a full feature story to come.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Burghardt Stadium in Molalla, Ore.

Conner Williams
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