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New football coach, PE teacher comes to Sandy High School from David Douglas district

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Josh Dill started as football coach and PE teacher at Sandy High in September. When he attended Linfield College, Josh Dill initially thought his aspiration was to be a businessman.

However, he soon found he was more inclined toward the business of shaping young minds, so he pursued bachelor's degrees in health education and physical education followed by a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University.

Now, after 16 years at David Douglas High School in Southeast Portland, Dill has brought his skills to Sandy High as the new football coach and physical education teacher.

"I was looking for a fresh start," the 39-year-old educator told The Post. "The

football position was a big part of this job, which was important. I wanted to branch out and be in a smaller communtiy that really supports its athletics."

Only in his second month at Sandy, Dill is still looking forward to "getting reestablished and laying out a foundation, football-wise," as well as "getting to know all of the traditions Sandy has as a town and learning the culture."

"I'm a relational person," Dill said. "I enjoy the youth and building relationships with them. I see so much potential in building a football program the town can be proud of."

Dill said the most rewarding experience he has as a teacher is "seeing when kids succeed at a high level and had to really earn it — both on and off the field."

That, he added, makes worthwhile the challenge of "feeling like you've poured a lot of effort into (a student) and can't help them because they aren't willing to put in the work."

When he's not coaching the Pioneers to victory or teaching health and physical education, Dill keeps just as busy on the home front.

"I'm a family man," he noted. "I've got three kids and an awesome wife. My kids are 9, 5 and 3 and they have their own sports and activities."

Dill and family are also avid Blazers fans, so when not playing sports, they're watching them.


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