Randy Nyquist stepped down as football coach at Oregon City High School after three seasons to take over as coach at Stayton.
Nyquist saw the new job as an opportunity to move closer to his 82-year-old father Duane, who operates a 100-acre farm near Salem.
"I want to win games, but that's not what it's all about," Nyquist said as he was introduced to the Stayton players Wednesday night. "I'm all about the process, about helping young men and young women become high-character individuals through academics and athletics.
"If we focus on the process, we'll get the results. That has been my experience. I'm excited to be here and I'm excited to be part of that process. It's going to be fun."
In three seasons with the Pioneers, Nyquist went 21-12 with an appearance in the OSAA Class 6A quarterfinals in 2015.
Last season, Oregon City senior quarterback DeQuahn Dennis-Lee was named the Mt. Hood Conference Offensive Player of the Year on a team that averaged 42.9 points a game. After a 5-1 start, injuries took a toll on the Pioneers, who went 0-4 in the final month of the season, including a 42-30 loss to West Salem in the first round of the 6A playoffs.
Before joining Oregon City, Nyquist coached 15 seasons at West Albany where he compiled a 119-47 record and won Class 5A state championships with the Bulldogs in 2007, 2008, and 2013.
He inherits a Stayton team that tied with Cascade and North Marion atop the Oregon West Conference standings and finished 4-4 after losing to Baker in a Class 4A play-in game.