James Holan named new football coach at Clackamas High School
James Holan, who spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, has been named the new football coach at Clackamas High School.
A former offensive lineman who played on Linfield College's 2004 national championship team, Holan brings 13 years of college and high school coaching to the position.
Holan replaces Terry Drake, who stepped down as head coach before the end of his first season with the Cavaliers last fall because of issues related to his health.
Holan, a 2007 graduate of Linfield, began his coaching career in 2008 as an offensive line coach at College of Marin in Kentfield, California.
He served as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Mission Hills High School in San Diego from 2009-2012, and then joined the staff at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, California, where he was the defensive coordinator from 2013-14 before taking over as head coach from 2015-17.
"While my main role is that of a football coach, I am also constantly teaching my student-athletes lessons that will extend way beyond the football field," Holan said in a news release. "One of the tenets of my coaching philosophy is 'always compete.'
"A competitive edge is an incredibly important trait to have both at practice and in a game, but it becomes even more important after the practices and games are over. Every challenge these student-athletes are faced with after football is a competition. I want the kids that I have coached to be ready to face these challenges and I am confident they will be because of the lessons they were taught both on and off the field."
Holan takes over a Clackamas program that over the reached the OSAA 6A playoffs each of the past nine seasons, compiling a 73-33 record over that stretch, highlighted by the 2017 state championship team's perfect 14-0 season.
Last fall, the Cavaliers struggled through an injury-riddled season under Drake, finishing 4-5 after losing in the first round of the playoffs to Mountainside of Beaverton.
Holan and his wife Ashlee are expecting their first child next month and then hope to move to Oregon in late April.
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