Featured Stories

Other Pamplin Media Group sites


Rangers bring in Mott to head football program

Andy Mott takes over a program that finished in the middle of the Tri-Valley League last fall


Newly hired Estacada High football coach Andy Mott has yet to direct his first official practice with the Rangers, but the honeymoon is over — really, it is.

After spending three seasons as an assistant coach at Rainier High, Mott was brought into the Estacada program last month just in time for the team’s 7-on-7 week. The casual summer sessions gave him a sneak peak at what he has to work with this fall, and he got some more time with his team during Estacada’s team camps at the end of July.

“It was exciting to see the kids were ready to go and get after it right away,” Mott said. “It was a chance for the kids to get off the couch and get after it. Hopefully there won’t be as much of a learning curve when we get into daily doubles.”

Just a few days after wrapping up his first summer camp with the Rangers, Mott was on a flight to Miami with his new bride Jessie Camp. Both are Barlow High graduates, but they didn’t start dating until they crossed paths while student teaching in Corbett. The two were married this summer.

Camp is the head volleyball coach at Barlow.

In addition to his coaching duties, the 27-year-old Mott will be a substitute teacher in the Estacada district.

“I’m looking forward to this opportunity,” Mott said. “I want kids to come out and enjoy the sport. There are a lot of life lessons to learn in football — things you can take into your future.”

He replaces Brigham Baker, who spent six years with the Estacada program.

The Rangers went 5-5 last year, ending their season with a loss to Ontario in a play-in qualifier. Estacada started the season 5-2 before losing its last three games.

The team opens the season at home Friday, Aug. 30, against Taft.



Local Weather

Fair

58°F

Estacada

Fair

Humidity: 93%

Wind: 0 mph

  • 22 Sep 2014

    Mostly Cloudy 76°F 59°F

  • 23 Sep 2014

    Cloudy 75°F 60°F