The high school is currently accepting applications for the position.

by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Laurie Smallwood resigned as coach of the Canby softball team after two seasons. The Cougars went 31-22 during her tenure.Canby High School’s athletic department is looking for a softball coach to fill the vacancy left by Laurie Smallwood, who has resigned after two years at the helm.

Applications are currently being accepted for the non-teaching position, athletic director Jim Smith said. The school is hoping to select a candidate by Thanksgiving.

“We’d like to have someone with an extensive softball background and experience coaching youth,” Smith said.

Interested applications should contact Smith via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The future coach will replace Smallwood, who has taken a position with the Sandy Fire Department.

Smallwood, a 1990 graduate of Sandy High School, arrived in Canby after being let go by Sandy’s softball program for undisclosed reasons following the 2011 season.

She led the Cougars to a combined overall record of 31-22 in two years, including a 16-14 tally in league play during that span. The squad placed third in the conference standings in 2012 and took fourth this past spring.

Canby did not win a state playoff game during Smallwood’s short tenure. It lost to Roseburg in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 and fell to West Salem in the opening round last season after crushing Hillsboro in a play-in game.

The Cougars last won a playoff contest in 2011, when they reached the second round of the Class 6A bracket after winning a Three Rivers League title under the guidance of then-coach Clare Burnum.

Burnum, a Canby High alumna who was a standout softball player at Oregon State, stepped down after that season to become a Milwaukie police officer.

Smallwood’s replacement will inherit a team with plenty of talent. Gina Bond, a first-team all-league infielder who has committed to play at Oregon State, will highlight a roster that features three other returning all-conference honorees in senior catcher Colleen Crutchfield, sophomore outfielder Haley Conroy and sophomore pitcher Megan Egli.

The Cougars, who won state titles in 1994 and 2001, did not lose any seniors to graduation. They’ll be in the hunt for their 21st-consecutive appearance in the state playoffs when their season begins this spring.




2012: 16-10 (9-6 in the Three Rivers League); lost in the first round

2013: 15-12 (7-8 in the Three Rivers League); lost in the first round

Totals: 31-22 (16-14 in the Three Rivers League); two playoff berths

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