LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Lake Oswego’s School District took the first steps toward restructuring the Lakeridge High School’s football program after the team was hit with a four year probation last year.
The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) put the team on a four year probation last year because of poor sportsmanship.
Although last year was the first winning season for the team in a long time, Lake Oswego Superintendent Bill Korach said it was also the most regrettable.
“It was the most regrettable season that I can remember since coming to the district in 1981 in terms of sportsmanship,” said Korach.
In order to prevent a repeat of last year’s behavior, Korach said Chad Carlson has been relieved of his duties as the football coach. Korach added that all assistant coaching positions are also open.
Korach named John Parke, the vice principal in charge of discipline at Lakeridge High School, as the new interim coach for the football team.
Although Parke has not coached for many years, Korach, who will retire this June, said Parke’s appointment is the first phase of a larger process that will ultimately lead to the hiring of a permanent football coach.
“You’ve got to know your stuff, but we’ve got to have a person who has, on top of that coaching pyramid, is the right type of role model,” said Korach.
Despite his removal as coach, Carlson will be permitted to apply for the open assistant coaching positions, according to Korach. However, Korach said after last year’s “train wreck,” he does not see Carlson being part of the new coaching staff.