Locey joining Beaver staff, says report

JAY LOCEY IS the Beavers' new assistant head coach and will be the position coach for running backs and tight ends, according to a report today in The Portland Tribune. Locey has spent the previous 23 years as head football coach and defensive coordinator at Linfield.

Jim Gilstrap, the running backs coach for the Beavers, will reportedly become the program's coordinator of support services.

Locey was the NCAA Division III coach of the year in leading Linfield to a 13-0 record and the national championship in 2004.

When Riley left a defensive coordinator's job at Linfield to coach at Winnipeg of the Canadian Football League in 1983, he recommended Locey as his replacement. Locey got the job and has been at Linfield ever since, from 1983-95 as defensive coordinator and for the last 10 seasons as head coach, amassing an 84-18 record.

Under Locey's leadership, the Wildcats have won or tied for the Northwest Conference championship six straight years.

An Oregon State and Corvallis High graduate, Locey, 51, is a former prep teammate of Mike Riley. He played for the Beavers from 1973-76, starting at free safety his final two seasons. He was a first-team all-Pac-8 selection as a senior and holds the school record for longest interception return — 94 yards against Oregon in 1975.

Locey told the paper he wouldn't have considered leaving except for his relationship with Riley.

"It's a great opportunity for me to work with a guy I greatly respect," Locey says. "We are pretty congruent in our thinking. I'll get to work at my alma mater and in my hometown. I have loved my time at Linfield, but this was a unique opportunity."


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