Skinner, who also assisted at Marist, is hired as head football coach at Oregon CIty
Oregon City has hired former Marist Catholic and West Linn assistant Aaron Skinner as football coach.
He replaces Shane Hedrick, who resigned to become the coach at 4A Cascade.
Oregon City School District news release:
Oregon City, OR – Starting this fall, Oregon City High School will see a new face on the football field. Oregon City School District welcomes Coach Aaron Skinner, who will be joining the Oregon City High School football team as the head coach after serving as the athletic director for Bishop Diego HS in Santa Barbara, CA for the past three years. In addition to his role as athletic director, Coach Skinner was also the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the football program. His team had a 22-6 record and advanced to the CIF-SS Division 3 Semifinals. He also served as coach to the wide receivers and the defensive backs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Skinner and his family to Oregon City,” says Oregon City’s new Athletic Director Trinity Gibbons. “He is a proven winner with notable success at every stop along his career. More importantly, he will serve as a great mentor and teacher for the young men in our program. The future is bright for Pioneers Football.”
A native of Carpinteria, CA, Coach Skinner received All-CIF-SS recognition as a running back, Defensive League MVP, and Santa Barbara County MVP while helping lead Bishop Diego HS to its second ever CIF-SS Finals game in school history. In 2008, he became an Undergraduate Assistant Coach for the University of Oregon football team. He spent his first year on offense assisting with the quarterbacks, under Chip Kelly, and his second year on defense assisting with linebackers under Nick Aliotti.
Following his time at Oregon, he coached the wide receivers at Marist HS in Eugene, OR in 2010, and then returned to his alma mater to coach the running backs and linebackers at Bishop Diego HS for the 2012 season. The two teams had a combined record of 24-2, with an Oregon State Finals appearance and a CIF-SS Semifinals appearance respectively.
In 2014, Coach Skinner started coaching at West Linn HS in West Linn, OR, where over the course of 6 years, the team had a combined record of 60-16. In 2015, West Linn finished as the State Runner-Up in Division 6A, and the following year, went undefeated, resulting in an Oregon 6A State Championship. During his time at West Linn, Coach Skinner served as the assistant head coach, defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and running backs coach at various times.
“I would like to thank the Oregon City Superintendent, Dr. Dayle Spitzer, Principal, Marjorie Ruzicka and Athletic Director, Trinity Gibbons for this amazing opportunity.” Skinner said. “I am honored to be entrusted with running this program, which competes in, by far, the most competitive league in the State of Oregon, and includes some of the most accomplished coaches in the state. I have known for a long time that this program has the potential to be a consistent contender in the TRL and I am excited to get up to Oregon City and to get to work!”
— Jerry UImer writes for OSAAtoday