Our Board

Board Members

Bryan Sutherland


Bryan was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from what is now Eastern Oregon University, a Masters of Management from Willamette University, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from what is now Western Oregon University. Bryan began his teaching career at South Albany High School (2 years) before moving to McKay High School (2 years), and South Salem High School (13 years). He finished his career as an assistant principal at West Salem High School (12 years) with the final eight years as Athletic Director.

Bryan played baseball for four years during college and coached for 17 years during his teaching career. The bulk of his coaching was in football (15 years) but he also coached boys and girls basketball as well as baseball and softball at various points.

Bryan helps with Salem Sports and Breakfast Club and is currently the President of the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club (sponsoring “The Beacons”) since 2017. In retirement he has also returned to coaching football and softball at South Salem.

Bryan has been married to his wife Lorrie (who taught at Sprague High School for 32 years) for 36 years and has a daughter – Alex – who was an athlete at Sprague and is currently following in her parents footsteps as a teacher.

Mike Maghan


Mike Maghan was born in Pennsylvania to a military family, living in Alaska, New Mexico, and California. Mike graduated high school from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, California and college from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Science Education. He also received a Masters from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Interdisciplinary Studies (Geology, Biology, Education) and his high school administrative certificate from Portland State University. Mike is also a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) and a Certified Masters of Athletic Administration (CMAA).

Mike was a science teacher for 14 years - Sacred Heart Academy (4) and Gervais High School(10) and an Athletic Director for 31 years: Sacred Heart for 2 years, Gervais for 8 years, Dallas High School for 6 years, and McNary High School for 15 years. He also coached boys and girls basketball during his career in education (winning a 2A girls state championship in girls in 1988), girls softball (winning a 2A state champion 1988), as well as baseball and track and field.

Mike has been president of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association (OADA), a member of the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) Executive Board for 6 years, a Keizer Rotary Club president, and a state liaison for the Principles of Coaching courses and certification.

Mike has been a leader both in Oregon and nationally working with coaches and athletic directors promoting character education for student-athletes. He also helped develop the curriculum for the Principles of Coaching course that is used throughout the United States for all athletic coaches.

Mike has lived in Keizer for 43 years. He and wife Jan have been married for 46 years and have 3 sons - Timothy, Jason, and Matthew and 7 grandchildren.

Ron Richards


Ron Richards, recently retired as Athletics Director at both McKay and McNary, has a long history in athletics.

After competing in football and basketball at Butte Public High School in Butte, Montana and playing college football at the University of Montana, Ron began his coaching career as an assistant offensive line coach at the U of M. Ron was a teacher and football coach at Butte High School for eleven years before moving to Montana Technological University as an assistant coach/offensive coordinator. He then moved to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as the head football coach. Ron returned to his alma mater – the University of Montana in 2000 - serving as offensive coordinator for the "Griz" - and finished his coaching career.

In 2001 Richards moved to Salem to become the Athletics Director at McKay High School where he served for eight years before moving on to McNary High in the same position. In 2017, after sixteen years as an AD, he retired.

"Athletics have played an essential role in my life and define who I am. Without the guidance of my high school coaches I would not have had the career I experienced. They motivated me to become the person I am today." For this reason his passion to help as many of our youth experience high school sports as possible is real motivation.

Ron lives with his wife Debbie in Salem and enjoys spending time with his sons and their families, especially his grandchildren. He is an avid outdoorsman and golfer, currently serving as president of the Salem Golf Club.

Dan Farrington


Dan Farrington was born and raised in Newport, OR. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in

Physical Education from Oregon State University and started coaching baseball at Sheldon High School in Eugene in 1981. He has been involved in coaching and developing youth baseball programs (and other athletic programs and teams as well) ever since. He is currently an assistant varsity baseball coach at South Salem High School where his children attended and participated and excelled in athletics.

Dan has owned Sunrise Medical Consultants, LLC since June of 2002. SMC is headquartered in Keizer but has offices throughout Oregon and Washington at which it conducts independent medical exams.

Dan is married to wife Linda. They have six children, all who graduated from South Salem High School. All of Dan's children participated in high school athletics with the youngest – David – going on to play baseball at Linfield.

Dan is currently:

  • President of the South Salem Baseball Foundation
  • President of the Independent Medical Examination Association
  • a board member of the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club, sponsoring "The Beacons"
  • a board member of Corban Pace Board
  • a board member of Salem Leadership Foundation

Sam Mendez


Sam Mendez grew up in Mesa, Arizona and moved to Salem, Oregon in 2006. He attended Eastern Oregon University where he studied Business Management. Sam began working at South Salem High School in 2006 as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant. Since then he has held various positions at South Salem High School in the attendance, discipline, and counseling offices, where he currently works as a Data Specialist at South Salem High School. In 2013 he was also a Crystal Apple nominee.

Sam played football and became a 'student of the game', while he was a student at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona. When he moved to Salem, he brought his love of sports to South Salem High School where he has coached all levels of football since 2008, Boys basketball at all three levels since 2006, and JV softball since 2017. Besides coaching, Sam helps coordinate the athletic website and all of the social media for the various sports programs at South Salem High School and helps coordinate the Saxon Football Golf Tournament.

This is Sam's first year serving on the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club board and he is excited to bring his computer, social media, and planning knowledge to the community.

Sam has been married to his wife Sara Mendez for 15 years and they have a son, Salvador, who will turn 3 in August. In his spare time you can find Sam, camping, hiking, and fishing.

Amy West


Amy West was born in Florence, Oregon and grew up nearby in Mapleton, Oregon, where her parents still reside. After graduating from Mapleton High School, Amy attended Western Oregon University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a pre-med emphasis. She simultaneously completed WOU's Athletic Training Program and after passing the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Board of Certification for Athletic Trainer exam, she became a certified Athletic Trainer. Amy received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University and her initial Administrative License through Portland State University.

For the past 23 years, Amy has worked as the Certified Athletic Trainer and a teacher at Sprague High School, where she has helped to create an Oregon Department of Education approved Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy program. She has also assisted with running the Athletic Training Program at Hope Orthopedics of Oregon for the past five years. In 2018, she was awarded the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award for her efforts as an athletic trainer.

Amy also serves as a member of the Oregon Athletic Trainers' Society Honors and Awards Committee and the Sprague Hall of Fame induction and planning committees.

Amy has lived in Oregon her entire life and has lived in Salem for the past 20 years. In her free time, she spends it with her friends and family.