Terry Drake resigns as Clackamas football coach over 'medical issues'
Terry Drake has resigned as the head football coach at Clackamas High School, citing health issues that forced him off the sidelines before the end of his first season with the Cavaliers.
"Due to medical issues, a recent surgery and one surgery to follow, I am submitting my resignation," Drake wrote in a letter to school administrators, coaches, players and fans that was dated Dec. 4. "I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as the Clackamas High School football coach this past season."
Drake, 60, had more than 20 years of high school coaching experience in Florida and Texas when he was named in March to replace Joe Bushman, who stepped down after 13 seasons with the Cavaliers to become the offensive coordinator at Lewis & Clark College in Southwest Portland.
When Drake's health problems forced him to take a leave of absence before the Nov. 1 Mt. Hood Conference championship game against Central Catholic, longtime assistant and offensive coordinator Randy Fisher filled in as the interim head coach.
Clackamas advanced to the OSAA Class 6A playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons and lost 17-7 to Mountainside in the opening round — the first time the Cavaliers had lost in the first round since 2012 — and finished the season with a 4-5 record.
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