With the calendar turned to August, we roundup the newest coaches coming to the Portland area.

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With the fall season set to open Aug. 15 with practice, we take a look at some coaching changes around Portland for the 2022-2023 preps season.

One of the biggest updates we've already touched on in Jefferson High boys basketball bringing back five-time state champion coach Pat Strickland. But there's plenty of more moves where that came from.

Here's all the changes we've tracked down so far, along with a few openings still looking to be filled.


No changes.

Central Catholic

No announced changes.


Head boys basketball coach Dondrale Campbell is off to Grant, leaving a vacancy that hasn't been filled yet.

Columbia Christian

Lauren Starts is the new volleyball coach for the Knights, athletic director Joey Chapman had this to say: "Coach Starts is one of the most high energy, positive, and passionate volleyball coaches that I know. She brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels to the Columbia Volleyball program. "

The Knights girls basketball program also will return, heading by new head coach Jeff Ahrend.

"Coach Ahrend was hired for this position due to his extensive knowledge of the game, his passion for leading young people, and his plans to build our Girls Basketball program through the youth," Chapman said.

David Douglas

No announced changes.

De La Salle North Catholic

Nathan Wootton is taking over the boys soccer program, Tabitha Ammari will be across the pitch as the new leader of the girls soccer team and Asia Green-Rhodes will be inside on the hardwood for her first year guiding the volleyball squad.


Jamal Jones is the new leader of Franklin football, according to a release from the school on July 27.

"Jamal has been the high school head coach At Arcata High School for the past five years," the school said in the press release. "During his five years, he led the football program to five consecutive winning seasons, five consecutive playoff appearances, two league championships, and two state playoff championship appearances. Jamal has also assisted 21 young men with continuing their athletic and academic careers at the college level."


The Generals had a couple big holes to fill with the departure of John Beck from the football program and Robert Key from boys basketball. In their place, a couple of youngsters are stepping into the roles.

First announced was Alex Melson for the football team. Melson has been the Generals' defensive coordinator for the past four years and played football at Grant and Western Oregon.

On the hardwood, Dondrale Campbell is moving over from Cleveland after leading the Warriors to their first PIL title in 60 years and a run to the final eight in the state playoffs.

Across the hall will be a news girls basketball coach as well with Mary Beth Snell taking over. Snell played college ball at Villanova and later became an assistant coach there and helped the Wildcats make the NCAA tournament four times and advance to the Elite Eight one time.

Ida B. Wells

Jonny Canalin is taking over the Guardians basketball program this upcoming winter season.


Pat Strickland is back for Demos boys basketball.


Brandon McNeil is taking over the Cardinals' boys soccer program as the school turns toward athletic fields in the continued construction of the new school. Karissa Dean is taking over the Cardinals dance team.

Mannahouse Academy

No announced changes.


JD Penilton is the person in charge of the Mountain Lions' girls soccer program. McDaniel is still in search of a girls tennis coach as well.


No announced changes.

Portland Adventist

No announced changes.

Portland Christian

Erik Lyslo is moving west from Gresham boys basketball to lead the crew at Portland Christian. Lyslo finished his Gresham stint with a 65-75 record and took the Gophers to the playoffs three times.

Portland Christian isn't new to Lyslo either, he coached the Royals before moving to Gresham and had a 31-48 record. Lyslo noted with the OSAA that his son and daughter will be attending Portland Christian over the next six years, making his move a family-oriented one.

The Royals are also still in search of a volleyball coach.


No announced changes.


Tony Melson is taking over the Roughriders' volleyball team this fall.

St. Mary's Academy

Wendy Stammer is the new leader of the volleyball squad and Greg Martin takes over the girls soccer program.

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