The longtime Gladstone assistant coach takes over in football
Gladstone High School has named longtime assistant coach Jon Jedrykowski as head coach in football, replacing retired coach Jon Wolf.
Jedrykowski, 36, has taught special education and been an assistant coach in football at Gladstone High School since first coming to the school 13 years ago.
Hes been defensive coordinator under Wolf since 2006. Before that he assisted former head coaches Trey Mott and Gery Weber.
Jedrykowski, who graduated from Mazama High School in 1996, holds a bachelor of science degree in health promotion and fitness management from Southern Oregon University and a masters of education degree in special education from Portland State University.
He competed in football (wide receiver/cornerback), basketball and track (sprints) at Mazama, earning all-league defensive honors in basketball his senior year.
He played football (cornerback and safety) four years at Southern Oregon when the school played an independent schedule. He was an All-Little Northwest all-star two seasons.
As far as any changes hell make in playing strategies at Gladstone, Jedrykowski says, The defense wont change much, but we wont run as much veer on offense. Well probably be a wing-T team. As a defensive coordinator, I found the wing-T tough to defend. We have some pretty fast kids and hopefully that will get some eyes going in the wrong direction.
Jedrykowski added, Well have almost 30 seniors [on next years team] and they have some high expectations, because theyve had high expectations and success at every level theyve played, from youth football on up. But they cant win on talent alone. They have to be coachable, and the coaches have to do their job.
Jedrykowski has his coaching staff pretty much in place. Jeremy McDonald, who was the offensive and defensive line coach, is offensive coordinator; Ryan Schassen, whom Jedrykowski says has worked with this years senior class since they were in the third grade, is defensive coordinator.
Doug Sommer, who has coached at Wilsonville, Milwaukie and Gladstone (2010-11), returns as a varsity assistant. And Pat Scott, who coached Gladstones freshmen and jayvee, has returned as a varsity assistant.
Jedrykowski says of his goals: To continue the tradition that [Jon Wolf] built in the last eight years; continue to win games and give kids a good experience; and have a classy program.
Jedrykowski and his wife Tory have two children, Jaxon, age 12, and Samantha, age 9, who attend Gladstone schools.
Jaxon plays quarterback and safety in youth football.
My goal is to coach my son through his senior year in high school, Jedrykowski said.
Im excited for Jed, Wolf said. I know hell do a great job. He proved it as a defensive coordinator. He has great rapport with kids. Hell do a phenomenal job. Hes more than ready.