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Whirlwind summer lands Aubin at Reynolds

Ted Aubin takes over boys basketball team at Reynolds, while Cody Aker moves on to Gladstone High


Photo Credit: SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Ted Aubin, a 1992 Sandy High graduate, has been hired to coach boys basketball at Reynolds High this year after earlier stays at smaller schools in Vernonia and Burns. It’s been a whirlwind month for Ted Aubin, who said ‘I Do’ to both a wife and a job in recent weeks.

Aubin, a 1992 Sandy High graduate, married Denise and was hired as boys basketball coach and history teach at Reynolds High within a matter of weeks.

“After spending the summer planning for a wedding and doing job interviews, it was nice to be able to decompress for a week,” he said of his honeymoon in Central Oregon.

Aubin spent eight years at Vernonia High — the last five years as the Loggers head basketball coach — before moving to Burns High where he has coached the last three seasons.

His marriage had him looking for jobs in the metro area and a chance to test his coaching skills at the state’s highest level.

“The 6A level has all the biggest schools and the top competition,” Aubin said. “It’s always been an attraction to be able to go up against the best schools.”

He replaces John Poetsch at Reynolds, who led the Raiders to a 16-8 record and a runner-up finish in the Mount Hood Conference last season.

While Aubin hopes to continue those winning ways, he sees the locker room as the key to success.

“I like to think that I’m able to get the very best out of my team, and that all starts with building relationships,” Aubin said. “If you know your coach cares, you are going to be willing to buy in and put out that extra effort.”

Coaching is a family tradition for Aubin, who spent his childhood around sports with his father Ken being a teacher and coach over the course of a 30-year career at H.B. Lee Middle School in Troutdale.

“I saw the impact he had first hand, and I enjoyed coaching kids in camps at a young age,” Aubin said. “I enjoyed being a mentor for kids and that led me to education.”

• Cody Aker, 28, was hired in late spring to replace longtime Gladstone coach and educator Ted Yates. Aker has been assistant coach under Jason Maki at Sandy High for the past six years, where together they helped turn the program around, advancing to the 5A quarterfinals in 2013.

Of his goals at Gladstone, Aker says,

“Long-term, I want to develop a strong program at all levels.... I would like us to have 20-win seasons. I’d like to have people look at Gladstone as a 4A state power.”

Aker’s Gladiators had experienced a successful summer through play in late June, finishing with a winning record while playing mostly larger-division schools.

“I like to play bigger schools, because it makes you better,” Aker said.

Aker says his teams at Gladstone will be defense minded.

“Tough half-court defense,” he said. “Limiting teams to just one shot each trip down the floor.”

Aker takes over a program that is in good shape.

Under Yates, the Gladiators last winter went 19-4 and tied La Salle for first place in the Tri-Valley Conference, with a 9-1 record.

“This is an awesome opportunity,” Aker said. “I’m only 28 and it’s been my ultimate goal to be a teacher and head coach. I look at my experience in college and at Sandy, and 28 years with my dad as a coach, and I know the effort that’s required to be successful.”

His dad, Scott, is a long-time coach at Wilson High. The younger Aker holds a degree in secondary education from Concordia University (2008), with an endorsement in biology, and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University (2013).

Aker is a 2004 graduate of Wilson High School, where he was a three-sport athlete (cross country, basketball and baseball). He went on to play at Concordia, being named team MVP his senior year.

In addition to coaching basketball, Cody Aker will teach general biology, and a pilot program in marine biology at Gladstone.