Jay Locey will be back on the sidelines on Saturdays after the former chief of staff for the Oregon State football team was named the new head football coach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland.
The 10th head coach in Pioneer history, Locey is no stranger to the Northwest Conference, having served as head coach of the Linfield Wildcats from 1996 to 2006. Locey takes over a program that finished the 2014 season 0-9 under former head coach Chris Sulages, who resigned at the end of the season.
The Pioneers look to Locey to turn around a program that has struggled since the institution's transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division III. Transitioning in 1998, the Pioneers have put together a 33-115 overall record on the gridiron, while going 13-81 NWC standing in 16 seasons.
Considered one of the most successful coaches in small college football, Locey has been named the Northwest Conference’s coach of the year five times, earning an 84-18 overall record with the Wildcats. Under Locey, the Wildcats won the 2004 Division III national title and made the Division III playoffs six times. Locey guided Linfield to 41 consecutive wins, including a 23-game unbeaten streak in the Northwest Conference. In total, Locey has coached 16 Division III all-Americans.
Over 23 years, Locey helped Linfield win three national titles and 12 conference championships. In 2005, The Oregonian named Locey one of the state’s 25 most influential sports people. That same year, Locey was named the Division III strength and conditioning coach of the year.
After winning the national championship with the Wildcats in 2004, Locey became just the second Northwest Conference coach to be named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) National Division III Coach of the Year.
Locey has also coached at both Corvallis and Lakeridge High Schools.