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.
Mickey Toft was born in Monrovia, California in 1956. He moved with his family to Salem, Oregon in 1966 at the age of ten. He attended Waldo Middle School and graduated from McNary High School in 1974 where he was a multi-sport - baseball and football, multi-year varsity athlete for the Celtics.
Mickey then attended Linfield College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 and a Masters in Education in 1982. He played baseball for the Wildcats (with Ad Rutschman as his head coach) for four years as an undergraduate then coached football (assisting Rutschman and working with Mike Riley) for two years, and baseball (again assisting Rutschman) for one year while working toward his Masters degree.
Mickey began his career as an educator as a PE and Health teacher at North Salem High School in 1978 where he also coached football, basketball, and baseball. After two years, district budget reductions led to his transfer to Keizer Elementary School where he served as a PE Specialist. During this time he continued to coach three sports between McKay and Sprague High Schools before moving to Medford, Oregon to become both head boys basketball and head baseball coach at St. Mary's High School.
After a two year stint at St. Mary's, Mickey and his family moved to Albany where he taught math at South Albany High School and served as an assistant football coach, the head girls basketball coach, and co-head coach for the baseball team. Following a 15 year teaching career, Mickey moved into school administration. He worked as an assistant principal and both a high school and middle school principal in the McMinnville School District before transferring to Tigard High School where he worked as a building administrator for another 12 years. In 2015 Mickey retired after 37 years as an educator.
Upon retirement, still residing in McMinnville, Mickey became a certified personal trainer. Now living in Salem, he continues to train a limited number of clients. Occasionally Mickey returns to his educational roots to serve as an interim building principal at Tigard and Tualatin High Schools when the need arises. Recently Mickey became a member of the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club and in March took a seat on the Beacons board.
Mickey has been married 42 years to his wife Gayle Saxton Toft who is a retired second grade teacher. Mickey and Gayle have two daughters and one son. Erin (36) lives in Portland, Elaina (33) resides in Wenatchee, Washington, and Bryan (29) recently moved to Monsteras, Sweden. All three were three-sport athletes and graduated from McMinnville High School. Erin works in the entertainment field as a costumer designer, make-up artist, and set designer for TV and films. Elaina is a massage therapist. Bryan plans to begin grad school in Sweden, working in the health field.
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, 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.
Roland Castilla Herrera
Roland Castilla Herrera was born in Seguin, Texas. He spent his childhood as a migrant farm worker. His family moved to Woodburn, Oregon in 1965. Roland graduated from Woodburn High School before attending Chemeketa Community College and the University of Oregon. After traveling and performing as a musician for eight years Herrera and his family settled in Keizer where he has lived the last 41 years.
Roland became active in Keizer youth sports as a coach, board member, and sports official. He would serve as Keizer Little League's field director for 12 years. He also spent 18 years as part of the "chain gang" for McNary High School football, becoming acquainted with many opposing coaches. As a certified Youth Sports Administrator, Roland served on the District 7 Little League staff for six years as Director of Baseball, Safety Director, and a Conflict Resolution/Parent/Coach Trainer.
After a career in Public Works with the City of Keizer, Herrera retired but continued mentoring kids and volunteering as a medical interpreter for Salem Free Clinic.
A very active community volunteer, Roland has been honored for his service by McNary Athletics, Keizer Soccer, Keizer Youth Basketball Association, and the Boys and Girls Club. He was named State Little League Volunteer of the year 2000, Keizer Volunteer of the quarter in 2002, and Keizer First Citizen in 2009.
Roland serves on the Board of Mano a Mano, the Salem-Keizer School District Career Technical Education Center Advisory Board, the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council, and is currently serving a second term as a Keizer City Councilor.
Roland and Olyvia, his wife of 41 years, are active members of St Edwards Catholic Church where they also volunteer for the Interfaith Hospitality Network. They have also served as a host family for the Salem Keizer Volcanoes.
The Herreras have four grown children and five grandchildren, all living in Keizer. They enjoy spoiling their grandchildren, traveling, and following the Oregon Ducks.
Few teachers and coaches in the Salem-Keizer area are more recognizable and well known than Rick Lacey. Wrestling coaches often refer to performance in "the room", meaning the wrestling room. In Rick Lacey's case "the room" was the weight room. And few teachers have touched the lives of as full a spectrum of both high school athletes – from football to volleyball to swimming to track and field – and kids as Rick.
Rick Lacey is Salem born and bred. He is a product of Faye Wright Elementary, Judson Junior High, and Sprague High School. He graduated as an Olympian in 1978. Rick took his Salem-Keizer education to Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) where he obtained his Associate of Arts degree in 1981, moving on to Willamette University where he graduated as a Bearcat with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in '83. In 1986 he finished his Master's degree in athletic administration as an Idaho State University Bengal before returning home to Salem where he began a long and distinguished teaching and coaching career.
Rick began teaching in 1986, serving as a physical education teacher at Parrish and Stevens Middle Schools for eight years before beginning his 23 years as a PE teacher – and one of the best strength and conditioning instructors in the state - at South Salem High School. Throughout most of his teaching career Rick has been a football coach – as a Viking at North Salem, a Saxon at South Salem, and an Oly at Sprague. He also served a couple of short stints at the college level at both Idaho State and Portland State Universities.
Rick was more than a teacher and coach at the schools for which he served. He was always willing to be involved. Never one to say "no" when kids came calling, Rick was often "on the mic" at assemblies and other events or the teacher willing to dress in the goofy costume or the take the shaving cream pie in the face for the sake of promoting an assembly or some other student cause.
In addition to the wide swath he has cut through his teaching and coaching career, you may also have seen Rick as a color commentator for football on Salem's Capital Community Television, as a high school wrestling announcer, or at a multitude of school events for which he has volunteered as a master of ceremonies. You also may have heard Rick on local radio station KBZY covering high school football broadcasts. And if you haven't seen or heard him in any of those roles, you probably have run into him and not known it – dressed up as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny for other causes – or as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.
Rick Lacey rarely says "no" to a greater purpose, most especially when kids are involved. Serving on the board of the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club is no exception. Few people can equal the number of kids – athletes or not – that he's helped either in the weight room or on the athletic fields in the Salem-Keizer area. Through his profession and willingness to serve, Rick has left his mark - both directly or indirectly - throughout Salem-Keizer.
Rick is married to wife Linda.
Bill McNutt was born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. A proud 1975 graduate of Marshfield High School, he was a three-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball, and baseball. Oregon Hall Of Fame Coach Pete Susick left an especially profound effect on Bill as a result of his high school football participation. “(H)e was a great coach who encouraged athletes to have a great work ethic, be a good teammate, and be respectful of others. He encouraged all athletes to do their best and he treated all athletes the same whether a starter or not a starting player.” Those principles – emphasized and reenforced through athletics – have helped shape Bill's life.
Bill moved from Coos Bay to Eugene where he attended the University of Oregon for two years before moving on to, and graduating from, what is now Southern Oregon University in Ashland. While at Oregon he competed – during his frosh year - as a member of the vaunted Oregon track program. It was during his time in Eugene that he cemented his status as a committed Duck fan. Bill graduated from Southern Oregon State College in 1979 with a business degree in marketing.
For 32 years Bill has operated a Farmers Insurance Agency in Salem (currently located in South Salem). As a long standing member of Salem's business community, Bill has served many clients and made many long-lasting friends through his work. However he is equally well known as a result of his efforts to support high school athletics. He was a 17-year member of the Sprague High School Athletic Boosters where he served as a three-time president, vice-president, and board member. It's fair to say that Bill has had a hand in virtually all of the major athletic facility improvements at Sprague over the past two decades.
As the driving force behind Sprague's first artificial turf field, Bill took that expertise gained and put it to good use. He has served as a project manager and consultant on five privately funded artificial turf field projects including those for McNary and West Salem High Schools in addition to both Silverton and Dallas High Schools. “Being able to privately fund these fields was a great pleasure for me. Private funding from the respective communities allowed us to donate these fields using no district, city, or state funds, saving approximately $6 million for the respective school districts.” Bill is currently serving as the chairman of the Susick Stadium Project, one especially near and dear to his heart, at his alma mater - Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. This project will privately raise $400,000 in donations. Once a Pirate, always a Pirate!
Bill has also served as president, vice president, and board member of the Salem Exchange Club that, on a national platform, supported turnaround students and also helped with counseling for families dealing with domestic violence issues. He also served at Sprague High School as a choir board member for four years.
Bill has been married to wife Karma for 39 years, the last 33 of those in Salem. Bill and Karma have two daughters, both graduates of Sprague High School. This year they have welcomed their first grandchild – Max – into the family.
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.
Sasha Spencer-Atwood has made a career of sport as an athlete, an entrepreneur, and an executive. She recently assumed the role with World Athletics Championships Oregon21 as the Director of Athlete and Team Experience. There she will develop the strategic approach to creating an amazing championships experience across all touch points for thousands of international athletes and team officials for this world championship track and field event. Previously Sasha served as the Director of Sport Tourism for Sport Oregon, a non-profit organization serving as the Oregon’s sports economic development arm. Sasha spent eight years with TrackTown USA as one of its founding employees. During her time at TrackTown she was instrumental in the delivery of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field, the 2014 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships, the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, multiple USA Track and Field (USATF) national championships and NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Sasha is a 1997 graduate of North Salem High School where she was one of the most decorated prep student-athletes in Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) history, earning four OSAA state champion titles as an individual and one team title in track and field. She also was the two-time Oregon Female Track Athlete of the Year for 1996 and 1997. Sasha still holds the OSAA championship meet record for the 400 meter dash. During her time as a Viking she also served as Associated Student Body (ASB) President and as President of the Salem Youth Advisory Commission, both during her senior year. Sasha is a two-time inductee into the Viking Hall of Fame, first for individual recognition, then again for her team’s 1997 State Championship – a feat accomplished with just four girls competing.
From North Salem Sasha attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where, as a student-athlete, she was a nine-time NCAA All-American, served as captain of the Georgetown track and field team, was a 22-time Big East scorer, a 14-time Eastern College Athletic Conference scorer, and was announced as a 2020 Georgetown Hall of Fame inductee. She followed her time as a Hoya with eight years as an elite 800 meter runner for Nike. Consistently ranked among the top half-milers in the country, Spencer was a two-time Olympic Trials finalist and represented Team USA in international competition. She was a 2002 World Cup team member and was voted captain of the U.S. Team for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships in 2002.
Following her running career Sasha launched Food 4 Fuel, a nutrition consulting and personal cheffing company catering to sports and entertainment professionals. Amongst her most notable projects is the Oscar nominated film The Blind Side. Since returning to Oregon Spencer-Atwood dedicates time to mentoring young women, being involved in Portland's Women's Executive Forum, and serving on the alumni board of North Salem High. Sasha and fellow standout Salem-Keizer prep athlete Luke Atwood are active parents to their children, Eden and Major.
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.