EUGENE, Ore. - A former Duck who played high school football for Springfield and Marshfield will take over as head coach of the Sheldon Irish, the school's athletic director confirmed.
Josh Line will leave his post as head coach at Marshfield in Coos Bay to take over the position.
Sheldon head coach Lane Johnson stepped down this year. He took over from his brother Marty Johnson in the 2011 season.
The Sheldon Irish won the state 6A championship in 2012.
Line played fullback for the Ducks, graduating in 2001.
It's another Oregon connection for nearby Sheldon High: graduate Justin Herbert emerged late in the season as starting quarterback for the Ducks, playing as a true freshman.
Sheldon High issued a press release on the news Tuesday afternoon.
Please join us in congratulating Josh Line as Sheldon High School’s new head football coach. Josh has been the head football coach at Marshfield High School for the past 4 years where he took over a struggling program. He quickly turned it around and the football team has made the playoffs the past three years advancing to the quarterfinals in 2015. Josh has 14 years of high school football coaching experience and was the defensive coordinator starting in 2006 until he became the head coach.
Coach Line was also a three year football letterman at the University of Oregon and has spent extensive time with Scott Frost and Mark Helfrich in learning the spread option offense which he implemented at Marshfield once he became the head coach.
Coach Line has also been a head girl’s basketball coach from 2003-2006 along with being an assistant on the boy’s basketball staff and track programs during his tenure at Marshfield.
Sheldon plans to retain all of the current Sheldon football staff who would like to come back for the 2017 season.