The Pacific University football team, fresh off its first season since the team was dismantled in 1991, will have a fresh face on the sidelines in 2011. Tavita Thompson, a former Oregon State offensive lineman, agreed to terms to become the defensive line coach for the Pacific Boxers this week.
Thompson, who was a four-year letterwinner at OSU, will work with the defensive line to help create what many hope will become a winning football program after having been disbanded for 19 years before restarting in the 2010 season, a season in which the team failed to record a single win.
But that’s to be expected when you start a program from scratch.
2011 should be a different story, now that both the players and coaches have a year with Pacific under their belts. Adding Thomspson shouldn’t hurt, either.
“We are excited to add Tavita to the coaching staff as we continue to build Pacific football,” said Head Football Coach Keith Buckley. “He is a bright young coach whose energy and passion for the game of football has had an immediate impact on our defense as a whole. I look forward to the positive impact he will have on the young men he will mentor.”
Thompson played professional football for the New York Jets and Sacramento Mountain Cats after graduating from Oregon State in 2008. He started seven games for Oregon State in both his junior and senior seasons, where he gained a reputation for being a quality offensive tackle.
“Our players are excited to work with a coach that will technically and mentally improve their individual games and the group in general,” Buckley said. “Tavita’s experience as an offensive lineman at the highest level of football greatly benefits our young defensive line in further understanding the schemes and techniques used against us in our defense.”
Thompson joins seven other coaches to round out the 2011 coaching staff for the Boxers, although more additions could come as the season grows closer.
In the meantime, Buckley and his assistants are entering their final stretch of recruiting – a difficult task for a program heading into only its second year, not to mention a miserable 0-9 record.
Pacific is slated to began its 2011 season with back-to-back non-league home games against Simon Fraser at 1:30 and Menlo at 7:00 on September 3 and September 10, respectively.
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