Clackamas names Terry Drake as Cavaliers' new football coach
New Clackamas High School football coach Terry Drake hopes to pick up where Joe Bushman left off.
Drake was named Tuesday to replace Bushman, who stepped down in December after 13 seasons with the Cavaliers to accept the job as offensive coordinator at Lewis & Clark College in Southwest Portland.
Drake, 60, has coached for more than 20 seasons in Florida and Texas, most recently as a head coach at Jordan Christian Prep in Auburndale, Fla., in 2017.
"One of the things that attracted me to the job was the recent success that Clackamas has had," Drake said. "It's an elite school that is very strong academically with a strong administration in a family-oriented community. And then there's the success in football, going 12-1 last season and a state championship the year before that.
"I'm here to continue the tradition and continue the success that the players here have already experienced."
Drake plans to retain Bushman's staff, including Jesse Brand as defensive coordinator and Randy Fisher as offensive coordinator.
"Everything is solid," Drake said. "These assistants are strong and they have done a tremendous job with the athletes. And that's very important to me, to make sure that those relationships that have already been established remain intact.
"One of the things we talked about with the administration is that we're not going to come in with any major changes. The coaching staff will remain the same and everything that Clackamas has done and had success with recently will continue."
Drake worked last fall as an assistant at Prince of Peace High School in Carrollton, Texas, then made the decision to move to Oregon after the football season ended to be closer to his sons, T.J. and Rick, daughter-in-law Kim, and two grandchildren, Addison and Ashlynne.
When he heard that Clackamas had an opening for a head coach, he made an impromptu visit to the school that turned into a 45-minute sit down with athletic director Vicki Nelms.
More talks followed, and then about six weeks after that initial visit, Drake was named the new coach.
He doesn't know if Clackamas will have a teaching position for him — "That's still in the works," he said — but he's hoping the school can find something for him to do in addition to coaching.
Either way, he's ready to get started.
"In terms of excitement, on a scale of one to 10, I'm about a 20," Drake said. "I really appreciate Clackamas High School giving me an opportunity to serve the community and to serve these kids and their families. I'm thankful for that."
Drake has a career coaching record of 182-31 and was named the Texas 3A Coach of the Year in 2001 after leading Trinity Christian of Cedar Hill, Texas to the state semifinals.
He was also a coordinator on four state championship teams at Dallas Christian School in the late 1980s.
A United States Army veteran, Drake was an NAIA All-American running back at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and played briefly as a defensive back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League before an achilles injury ended his playing career..
Drake inherits a Clackamas program that clinched the Mt. Hood Conference title with a 4-0 record and finished 12-1, losing to Sheldon in the Class 6A semifinals.
Bushman spent 13 seasons as head coach at Clackamas and compiled a 94-57 record with the Cavaliers, winning three league titles in 2016, 2017, and 2018. His team also qualified for the state playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons, reaching the quarterfinals six times, the semifinals each of the past three seasons, and winning the school's first state championship in 2017.