March 23, 1954
Bill Dellinger (age 66)
The former University of Oregon distance star and track and field and cross country coach was born on this day in Grants Pass.
He served the Ducks as an assistant to Bill Bowerman, then succeeded him as head coach, winning five NCAA titles, coaching 108 All-Americans and posting a 134-29 dual meet record over more than a quarter of a century. He also was distance coach for the 1984 U.S. Olympic team.
He won a bronze medal at 5,000 meters in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and competed in the 1956 and 1960 Games. He ran for Oregon from 1954-56, and won two NCAA titles along with three Pacific Coast Conference championships.
In 2001, Dellinger was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
March 23, 1975
Joe Salave'a (age 45)
He's associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator/run game coordinator/defensive line coach of the Oregon Ducks.
He came to Oregon in 2017, after five years with Washington State.
A native of Leone, American Samoa, he began his coaching career in 2008 at San Jose State, after playing for the Arizona Wildcats and spending eight years in the NFL.
March 23, 1998
Brendan De Jong (age 22)
The former Portland Winterhawks defenseman, 6-5 and 200 pounds, is from Victoria, British Columbia.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.