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The longtime successful athlete says he has come to love the sport and he aims to increase participation

JOHN DENNY - Gladstone Track Coach GUNNAR CEDERBERGFormer Tigard High School and Linfield College athletic standout Gunnar Cederberg has been named head boys track and field coach at Gladstone High School.

Former Gladstone boys track and field coach Greg Hess becomes the school’s girls head coach, replacing retiring coach Joan Kintz.

Cederberg came to Gladstone last year, taking charge of the school’s strength and conditioning program, assisting Cody Aker in coaching boys basketball, and assisting in track and field. He’s coordinator for Gladstone’s movement dynamics conditioning program, running the program during the summer and teaching classes during the school year.

Cederberg is a 2011 graduate of Linfield (degrees in physical education and secondary education) and a 2006 graduate of Tigard High School. He played four years of football and baseball at Linfield, as a wide receiver in football and a catcher in baseball. He was a member of a Linfield football team that went 12-1 in 2009, losing to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III National Championships.

He was a three-sport athlete at Tigard, playing football, basketball and baseball. He garnered all-state honors as a wide receiver in football and as a catcher in baseball, and his 2003 football team was state champion.

This will be Cederberg’s first head coaching position. Before Gladstone he coached and taught two years at McMinnville High School and two years at Sandy High School.

“I’ve know that I wanted to be a high school coach and teacher since my senior year in high school,” Cederberg said. “I’ve had some outstanding mentors — Frank Geske, Shawn Alderman and Jason Stanley.”

Cederberg said he decided to come to Gladstone from Sandy last year “because of the location, the tradition and the administration — the whole package.”

He says that he worked with Aker at Sandy and Aker convinced him to come over to Gladstone.

Although he never competed in track, Cederberg says he has boned up on the sport at coaching clinics, and he has come to love the sport.

“You go out and give your best effort, and you compete against yourself each day,” Cederberg said. “That’s what I love about it. These’s no argument about playing time, and I love that aspect about it. It’s all you. It’s easy to measure your success, through your improved marks. And your progress depends on the effort that you put into it.”

Cederberg says his goals as head coach are to increase the turnout for track and field, have his athletes represent themselves and their school to the best of their ability, and to have his athletes be highly competitive.

“If you put the work in, the results will take care of themselves,” he said.

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