Prep football: Coaching shakeup at Jefferson, Benson

Posted: June 13, 2012 at 12:15 am


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Jerry Ulmer, The Oregonian, June 12, 2012 11 a.m.

Anthony Stoudamire won four Class 5A PIL titles in six seasons at Jefferson. - (Motoya Nakamura/The Oregonian)

New Jefferson coach Aaron Gipson (5) was a four-year starter at cornerback for Oregon from 2002 to 2005. - (Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian)

Benson and Jefferson high schools will have new football coaches this season.

Anthony Stoudamire, Jeffersons coach for the past six seasons, has accepted the job at Benson. Jefferson has filled its vacancy with a rookie coach in former University of Oregon player Aaron Gipson, 28.

Jefferson decided not to renew the contract of Stoudamire, one of the most successful coaches in school history. Stoudamire went 44-27 and won four Class 5A Portland Interscholastic League titles with the Democrats, leading them to the state final in 2009, semifinals in 2008 and quarterfinals in 2007 and 2010.

Just a change, Jefferson vice principal Ricky Allen said of the decision. We just wanted to move in a different direction.

Stoudamire takes over a Benson team that hasnt won a playoff game since 1990 and hasnt had a winning record since 2001. He replaces Anthony Davis, whose contract was not renewed after coaching the Techmen to a 10-28 record in four seasons, including 2-8 last year.

Im excited, Stoudamire said. Ive always believed that Benson had just as good of athletes that Jefferson has had over the years. I know they can win.

Stoudamire reminded that Benson is the last PIL team to win a state championship (1988).

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