The longtime Gladstone assistant coach takes over in football

by: JOHN DENNY - Jon Jedrykowski, the new head football coach at Gladstone High School, says he plans to bring the wing-T offense to Gladstone next fall.Gladstone High School has named longtime assistant coach Jon Jedrykowski as head coach in football, replacing retired coach Jon Wolf.

Jedrykowski, 36, has taught special education and been an assistant coach in football at Gladstone High School since first coming to the school 13 years ago.

He’s been defensive coordinator under Wolf since 2006. Before that he assisted former head coaches Trey Mott and Gery Weber.

Jedrykowski, who graduated from Mazama High School in 1996, holds a bachelor of science degree in health promotion and fitness management from Southern Oregon University and a master’s of education degree in special education from Portland State University.

He competed in football (wide receiver/cornerback), basketball and track (sprints) at Mazama, earning all-league defensive honors in basketball his senior year.

He played football (cornerback and safety) four years at Southern Oregon when the school played an independent schedule. He was an “All-Little Northwest” all-star two seasons.

As far as any changes he’ll make in playing strategies at Gladstone, Jedrykowski says, “The defense won’t change much, but we won’t run as much veer on offense. We’ll probably be a wing-T team. As a defensive coordinator, I found the wing-T tough to defend. We have some pretty fast kids and hopefully that will get some eyes going in the wrong direction.”

Jedrykowski added, “We’ll have almost 30 seniors [on next year’s team] and they have some high expectations, because they’ve had high expectations and success at every level they’ve played, from youth football on up. But they can’t win on talent alone. They have to be coachable, and the coaches have to do their job.”

Jedrykowski has his coaching staff pretty much in place. Jeremy McDonald, who was the offensive and defensive line coach, is offensive coordinator; Ryan Schassen, whom Jedrykowski says has worked with this year’s senior class since they were in the third grade, is defensive coordinator.

Doug Sommer, who has coached at Wilsonville, Milwaukie and Gladstone (2010-11), returns as a varsity assistant. And Pat Scott, who coached Gladstone’s freshmen and jayvee, has returned as a varsity assistant.

Jedrykowski says of his goals: “To continue the tradition that [Jon Wolf] built in the last eight years; continue to win games and give kids a good experience; and have a classy program.”

Jedrykowski and his wife Tory have two children, Jaxon, age 12, and Samantha, age 9, who attend Gladstone schools.

Jaxon plays quarterback and safety in youth football.

“My goal is to coach my son through his senior year in high school,” Jedrykowski said.

“I’m excited for Jed,” Wolf said. “I know he’ll do a great job. He proved it as a defensive coordinator. He has great rapport with kids. He’ll do a phenomenal job. He’s more than ready.”

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