It is hard to believe, but the 2018-19 school year is upon us. The new school year brings with it, of course, fall sports. Fall brings with it cheer, cross country, football, soccer, and volleyball. New coach and SHS math teacher Devin Holmes will lead the girls' soccer program hoping to build upon a season that saw the Eagles make the play-offs. Boys' soccer is a perennial power finishing second in the state last year under the direction of Oregon West Coach of the Year Chris Shields. Volleyball returns veteran Coach Harmik Issakhanian who brings years of coaching expertise to the table. Coach Erin Holm leads the cross country teams after seeing the boys finish second in state last year. The boys are ranked 2nd in the state and the girls are ranked 6th in a pre-season coaches poll, so big things are expected from both groups. Cheer welcomes brand new coach Jacalyn Reddy, and the girls have been working hard all summer getting ready for the fall. Football begins year two of the Randy Nyquist era. Coach Nyquist would love to add to his stack of state champion trophies with one for the Eagles.
Overall, the future looks bright for Stayton athletics! The Eagles finished 10th in the state in the Oregonian Cup standings last year, and look to score even higher this year. The Oregonian Cup is an excellent gauge because it measures athletic and activity success, academics, and sportsmanship. We want our athletes to be well rounded, and those standings prove our kids are doing very well in that arena.
This should be an exciting year for Stayton High School. We encourage you to come to the games, support your Eagles, and just enjoy the beauty of high school sports. It is a great time to be an Eagle!
Degrees and Certifications:
BS Language Arts Western Oregon University MA Language Arts Western Oregon University Initial Administrator's License, George Fox University
Darren Shryock ~ Athletic Director
Darren Shryock became the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Stayton High School in 2014. Prior to joining the administrative ranks, Darren taught high school English and coached boys' basketball for 25 years. Although he taught and coached at McKay High School and Silverton High School, Darren and his family have been Stayton residents for many years. His two older girls both graduated from Stayton, and his wife Janet teaches Kindergarten at Sublimity Elementary. After playing basketball at Corban University (formally Western Baptist College), Darren went on to earn his master's degree from Western Oregon University and his Initial Administrator's License from George Fox University. Darren has lived all over the world including Virginia, Ohio, California, and the Philippines.