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Dustin Janz takes over as Oregon City football coach

Former Oregon State linemen went 16-22 in four seasons at Reynolds

PAMPLIN MEDIA: DAVID BALL - Dustin Ganz has been named the new football coach at Oregon City High School after four seasons as the head coach at Reynolds.Dustin Janz said there were very few football coaching jobs that would cause him to leave Reynolds High School.

Oregon City's was one of them.

Janz, 37, has been named the new head football at Oregon City High School, ending a four-year run with the Raiders to take over another Mt. Hood Conference program.

He replaces Randy Nyquist, who stepped down last month to take a job at Class 4A Stayton.

"I took the job with the thought of being there for the rest of my career and building a strong program -- one that will compete at the highest level of football in Oregon," Janz said. "While I'll be extremely said to tell my kids at Reynolds that I'm moving on, I'm also very excited about the opportunity to work with the kids at Oregon City and the entire Oregon City family."

Janz, a former offensive lineman at Oregon State University, went 16-22 in four seasons at Reynolds with two appearances in the Class 6A playoffs.

Last season, Janz guided Reynolds to a 6-4 record -- the team's first winning record in 11 seasons.

Janz inherits a program with 43 players who are eligible to return off last season's varsity roster, including all-league, first-team wide receiver/defensive back Teron Bradford, running back Zakhayas Dennis-Lee, and kick return specialist Ethan Kassebaum.

At Oregon City, he plans to use the same spread offense that helped the Raiders average 36.9 points a game last season.

"We like to spread it around, but we're not a team that throws all the time," Janz said. "We like to run the football, and I think at Reynolds our running game was the strongest part of our offense over the last four years. And because we ran the bal fiarly well and got people to stack the box, we were able to throw the ball extremely well also.

"I know Oregon City has some fantastic athletes and I'm looking forward to seeing what those guys can do in our offense and seeing just how dynamic they can be."

Janz broke the news to his players at Reynolds Thursday and planned to meet with the players at Oregon City Monday.

He said he will likely retain some of the coaches off Nyquist's staff at Oregon City, and may also add some assistants from Reynolds.

"I want to keep all my options open," Janz said. "Part of the reason I believe I got the job is that I'm big on communication and communicating openly with the people who work with me and work around me."

Janz was a four-year letterman at Oregon State where he played from 1997-2001 for both Mike Riley and Dennis Erickson, and earned Academic All-American honors as a senior.

He graduated in 2002 from Oregon State with a degree in physical education from the College of Exercise Sports Science, and earned his master's degree in 2003 from OSU in the same field with an adaptive physical education endorsement.

Before taking over as Reynolds head coach, Janz spent six seasons as an assistant coach at McClintock High School in Tempe, Arizona.

"I've got a lot of work ahead of me," Janz said. "I'm real excited to meet the kids and get them excited about what we're going to do.

"I think the goal is to grab the torch that was passed to us and continue to move it forward, continue to move it in a positive direction, continue to grow the program, and create a program that can compete at the highest level."