Bodine steps down as North Marion girls basketball, volleyball coach
In one fell swoop, North Marion High School lost both its head girls basketball and volleyball coach on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Trevor Bodine, the Huskies' four-year girls basketball skipper and one-year volleyball coach, announced his resignation in a letter to the North Marion athletics department, leaving the program to become the head coach of the Sprague girls basketball team.
"After much consideration, I have decided to take a basketball job closer to my home in Salem and one that will allow me to watch my son play high school basketball," Bodine wrote in a letter to the North Marion community. "I do not want to miss out on that important time in his life, and with the way basketball games are scheduled, if I stay at North Marion, I would do just that."
Bodine joined the Huskies prior to the 2016-17 season, taking his first head coaching job after serving as an assistant with two-time 6A state champion South Salem.
Bodine made an immediate impact at North Marion, turning the Huskies into a perennial state title contender. Under his stewardship, the girls basketball program made four consecutive state quarterfinal appearances, finishing with a state trophy at the end of each season except for the 2019-20 campaign that ended prematurely due to the cancellation of the state playoffs.
"When I came to North Marion in 2016, I was immediately welcomed with open arms from the players, parents, admin and the community," Bodine stated. "I knew I had made the right decision for me as a coach looking for his first head coaching job right away."
North Marion finished sixth in the state tournament in Bodine's first year, going 20-7 overall. The following season, the Huskies enjoyed their best placement under his regime, taking home a third-place trophy following a 41-39 loss in the state semifinals to then-league rival Cascade.
North Marion switched conferences from the Oregon West to the Tri-Valley in 2018 and won consecutive league titles with back-to-back 10-0 records in league play.
The Huskies placed fourth in the 2019 tournament and were eager to make a run at an elusive state title in March when the state playoffs were canceled on the morning of the first quarterfinal game, cutting the season short while North Marion was in the midst of a 17-game win streak.
"We never caught the big one, but I have several trophies sitting on my mantle at home that aren't the important part of sports," Bodine wrote. "The journey each year trying to get there is what I will hang on to, and we had quite a ride."
The girls basketball team finished 81-28 in his tenure and 33-7 in league play.
In addition to the success on the basketball court, Bodine added volleyball to his resume in 2019, taking the head coaching position over the summer and once again helping a Husky program reach new heights.
"Trevor was a great team player for us, especially when he stepped up to lead a second program last fall with our Volleyball team needing direction," Athletic Director Glenn Elliott said.
In his lone season, Bodine took a program that had made the post season in three of the previous four seasons and got it over the hump, qualifying for the state quarterfinal tournament for the first time since 1990.
"In my only year as the volleyball coach, I learned so much about the sport and am thankful for that," Bodine wrote. "Once again, I was blessed with great assistants and players that bought in to turning things around."
Bodine's next journey takes him to a reclamation project in Sprague. The Olympians are coming off consecutive winless seasons in the 6A Greater Valley Conference, including an 0-24 campaign in the 2018-19 season. The Olys have dropped 31 straight league games and have made the state playoffs twice in the past decade, with their last winning season coming in 2009 when Sprague went 12-10 overall.
"I see great things for both programs going forward. The winning mentality is there, but more importantly, the sense of Husky Pride and being part of such a great community is there. I wish all the sports programs luck and will be tracking things from afar," he said.
Bodine's departure leaves North Marion with three coaching vacancies, including two fall programs, following the resignation of former football coach Calvin Griggs over the summer.
Practices for the fall sports season is scheduled to begin in February, while winter sports season will begin practicing in December.
North Marion coach Trevor Bodine made an immediate impact upon joining the Huskies bench in 2016. In his four years as girls basketball coach, the Huskies won two league title, made the state quarterfinals each year and finished with three state trophies, missing out on a fourth opportunity after the 2020 playoffs were canceled.
In his one year as volleyball coach, Bodine led the Huskies to the state quarterfinals for the first time in 30 years.
2017 - 20-7, 7-3 Oregon West - 6th place state
2018: 20-9, 6-4 Oregon West - 3rd place state
2019: 22-6, 10-0 Tri-Valley - 4th place state
2020: 19-6, 10-0 Tri-Valley - playoffs canceled
2019 : 18-8, 8-2 Tri-Valley - state quarterfinals
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