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Arntson gets regional coaching honor


The Clackamas High baseball coach receives the national federations top honor for the Northwest

by: JON HOUSE - Clackamas coach John ArntsonClackamas High School baseball coach John Arntson has been honored by the National Federation of High School Baseball Coaches as their Northwest Sectional Coach of the Year.

In announcing the honor, Rob Younger, associate director of the OACA, explained the criteria for the selection: “Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character and carry the endorsement of the respective state high school association. We want them to be not only successful in their respective sports, but also as individuals in their schools and communities. Longevity in coaching is also an important consideration.”

The Northwest Section includes Washington, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Wyoming and Oregon. The Oregon Athletic Coaches Association had earlier named Arntson their nominee for the honor.

“Congratulations to our ‘Arnie’ on this outstanding recognition,” said Clackamas athletic director Jeff Erdman. “It’s the highest coaching honor I’ve ever had a coach receive in my 14 years at Clackamas.

“John is the epitome of a high school teacher/coach. He demands that old-fashioned accountability, but at the same time he is sensitive and caring, always keeping in mind what is best for the individual student.”

“Thank you for the years of dedication!” said Ray Byzewski, the dean of students at Clackamas. “You have truly impacted the lives of many young men in this community, and you continue to develop outstanding student/athletes and citizens. I really appreciate the high standards that you have set, and the accountability you uphold.”

“Thank you for representing Clackamas and our students in such a positive fashion,” said Christine Garcia, principal at Clackamas. “Although being named ‘Coach of the Year’ is not something you were focussed on, you certainly deserve it. Great job! You are one of the reasons that CHS is such a great place. Thank you.”

“Well-deserved,” said english teacher and assistant girls basketball coach John Stewart. “You’re are an outstanding coach and mentor to those young men. Congrats, Arnie!”

“Congrats Arnie!” said Clackamas girls soccer coach Aimee Mansoor. “I can’t think of a more deserving coach. You are a great role model to these kids and the honor is well deserved. What an honor to coach at the same school as you. Great accomplishment!”

“Congratulations!” said Clackamas High swim coach Allen Larson. “Your hard work has not gone unnoticed. Your teams are always in the running for a state title, and that reflects the quality work you are doing with your teams.”

Arntson, who completed his seventeenth season as head baseball coach at Clackamas last spring, has had plenty of success during his tenure.

In 2006 he coached the Cavaliers to their first league baseball championship in school history. Over the past six seasons, Arntson has coached the Cavaliers to three state finals, including state championships in 2008 and 2010.

The past season was especially impressive: The Cavaliers last spring won their second league title, set a new school record for wins in a season (27-4) and made their third state final.

Last year’s accomplishments are all the more impressive, considering the circumstances. Arntson lost his 7-year-old son Jake in an automobile accident on New Year’s Eve of 2012, and the team dedicated the 2013 season to Jake.

Arntson’s coaching peers named him Oregon Class 4A Coach of the Year in 2008 and Class 6A Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2013. But this is the first time Arntson has received nomination for National Coach of the Year.