Bryan was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from what is now Eastern Oregon University, a Masters of Management from Willamette University, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from what is now Western Oregon University. Bryan began his teaching career at South Albany High School (2 years) before moving to McKay High School (2 years), and South Salem High School (13 years). He finished his career as an assistant principal at West Salem High School (12 years) with the final eight years as Athletic Director.
Bryan played baseball for four years during college and coached for 17 years during his teaching career. The bulk of his coaching was in football (15 years) but he also coached boys and girls basketball as well as baseball and softball at various points.
Bryan helps with Salem Sports and Breakfast Club and is currently the President of the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club (sponsoring "The Beacons") since 2017. In retirement he has also returned to coaching football and softball at South Salem.
Bryan has been married to his wife Lorrie (who taught at Sprague High School for 32 years) for 36 years and has a daughter – Alex – who was an athlete at Sprague and is currently following in her parents footsteps as a teacher.
Mickey Toft was born in Monrovia, California in 1956. He moved with his family to Salem, Oregon in 1966 at the age of ten. He attended Waldo Middle School and graduated from McNary High School in 1974 where he was a multi-sport - baseball and football, multi-year varsity athlete for the Celtics.
Mickey then attended Linfield College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 and a Masters in Education in 1982. He played baseball for the Wildcats (with Ad Rutschman as his head coach) for four years as an undergraduate then coached football (assisting Rutschman and working with Mike Riley) for two years, and baseball (again assisting Rutschman) for one year while working toward his Masters degree.
Mickey began his career as an educator as a PE and Health teacher at North Salem High School in 1978 where he also coached football, basketball, and baseball. After two years, district budget reductions led to his transfer to Keizer Elementary School where he served as a PE Specialist. During this time he continued to coach three sports between McKay and Sprague High Schools before moving to Medford, Oregon to become both head boys basketball and head baseball coach at St. Mary's High School.
After a two year stint at St. Mary's, Mickey and his family moved to Albany where he taught math at South Albany High School and served as an assistant football coach, the head girls basketball coach, and co-head coach for the baseball team. Following a 15 year teaching career, Mickey moved into school administration. He worked as an assistant principal and both a high school and middle school principal in the McMinnville School District before transferring to Tigard High School where he worked as a building administrator for another 12 years. In 2015 Mickey retired after 37 years as an educator.
Upon retirement, still residing in McMinnville, Mickey became a certified personal trainer. Now living in Salem, he continues to train a limited number of clients. Occasionally Mickey returns to his educational roots to serve as an interim building principal at Tigard and Tualatin High Schools when the need arises. Recently Mickey became a member of the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club and in March took a seat on the Beacons board.
Mickey has been married 42 years to his wife Gayle Saxton Toft who is a retired second grade teacher. Mickey and Gayle have two daughters and one son. Erin (36) lives in Portland, Elaina (33) resides in Wenatchee, Washington, and Bryan (29) recently moved to Monsteras, Sweden. All three were three-sport athletes and graduated from McMinnville High School. Erin works in the entertainment field as a costumer designer, make-up artist, and set designer for TV and films. Elaina is a massage therapist. Bryan plans to begin grad school in Sweden, working in the health field.
Mike Maghan was born in Pennsylvania to a military family, living in Alaska, New Mexico, and California. Mike graduated high school from Archbishop Mitty in San Jose, California and college from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Science Education. He also received a Masters from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Interdisciplinary Studies (Geology, Biology, Education) and his high school administrative certificate from Portland State University. Mike is also a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA) and a Certified Masters of Athletic Administration (CMAA).
Mike was a science teacher for 14 years - Sacred Heart Academy (4) and Gervais High School(10) and an Athletic Director for 31 years: Sacred Heart for 2 years, Gervais for 8 years, Dallas High School for 6 years, and McNary High School for 15 years. He also coached boys and girls basketball during his career in education (winning a 2A girls state championship in girls in 1988), girls softball (winning a 2A state champion 1988), as well as baseball and track and field.
Mike has been president of the Oregon Athletic Directors Association (OADA), a member of the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) Executive Board for 6 years, a Keizer Rotary Club president, and a state liaison for the Principles of Coaching courses and certification.
Mike has been a leader both in Oregon and nationally working with coaches and athletic directors promoting character education for student-athletes. He also helped develop the curriculum for the Principles of Coaching course that is used throughout the United States for all athletic coaches.
Mike has lived in Keizer for 43 years. He and wife Jan have been married for 46 years and have 3 sons - Timothy, Jason, and Matthew and 7 grandchildren.
Ron Richards, recently retired as Athletics Director at both McKay and McNary, has a long history in athletics.
After competing in football and basketball at Butte Public High School in Butte, Montana and playing college football at the University of Montana, Ron began his coaching career as an assistant offensive line coach at the U of M. Ron was a teacher and football coach at Butte High School for eleven years before moving to Montana Technological University as an assistant coach/offensive coordinator. He then moved to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as the head football coach. Ron returned to his alma mater – the University of Montana in 2000 - serving as offensive coordinator for the "Griz" - and finished his coaching career.
In 2001 Richards moved to Salem to become the Athletics Director at McKay High School where he served for eight years before moving on to McNary High in the same position. In 2017, after sixteen years as an AD, he retired.
"Athletics have played an essential role in my life and define who I am. Without the guidance of my high school coaches I would not have had the career I experienced. They motivated me to become the person I am today." For this reason his passion to help as many of our youth experience high school sports as possible is real motivation.
Ron lives with his wife Debbie in Salem and enjoys spending time with his sons and their families, especially his grandchildren. He is an avid outdoorsman and golfer, currently serving as president of the Salem Golf Club.
Nancy Cox was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she lived until she moved to Salem, her husband John’s home town, in late 1993 with their two young sons. As she enters her 30th year in the Salem community she is proud to call it home!
Nancy has been a United States Professional Tennis Association Elite Professional since 1996. Her USPTA honors include: two years on the USPTA National Board of Directors; two years on the USPTA National Nominating Committee; two years on the USPTA National Foundation Board, eight years on the USPTA Pacific Northwest Division Board, including a six-year term as president; Pacific Northwest Division Assistant Professional of the Year and Pacific Northwest Division Professional of the Year.
She was selected, along with her Mercer Island High School team, to the State of Washington High School Tennis Hall of Fame. She attended the University of Washington where she was a four-year Varsity tennis athlete. She was previously Director of Tennis at Illahe Hills Country Club as well as on the staff at Salem Tennis & Swim Club and Courthouse Tennis Center. Other employment has included management of orthopedic clinics, internal bookkeeping for CPA firms and a private school and as a front office staff member at South Salem High while her boys were students there.
Each spring she coaches the South Salem High School Girl’s Tennis team. She will enter her ninth year in that capacity in February 2023. Nancy feels that being a tennis coach is an opportunity to give back to the sport that has enriched her life both personally and professionally. Nancy’s husband John is a South Salem and Oregon State grad. Her sons Matt and Chad both attended South and were involved in South Salem athletics as well as collegiate athletics at the University of Puget Sound and Oregon State.
It is an honor to be a part of the Beacons Board and to help support current athletes in reaching their athletic and academic goals.
Dan Farrington was born and raised in Newport, OR. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Physical Education from Oregon State University and started coaching baseball at Sheldon High School in Eugene in 1981. He has been involved in coaching and developing youth baseball programs (and other athletic programs and teams as well) ever since. He is currently an assistant varsity baseball coach at South Salem High School where his children attended and participated and excelled in athletics.
Dan has owned Sunrise Medical Consultants, LLC since June of 2002. SMC is headquartered in Keizer but has offices throughout Oregon and Washington at which it conducts independent medical exams.
Dan is married to wife Linda. They have six children, all who graduated from South Salem High School. All of Dan's children participated in high school athletics with the youngest – David – going on to play baseball at Linfield.
Dan is currently:
President of the South Salem Baseball Foundation
President of the Independent Medical Examination Association
a board member of the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club, sponsoring "The Beacons"
a board member of Corban Pace Board
a board member of Salem Leadership Foundation
Mark Gilman is Salem born and bred. He grew up watching his dad Jerry coach the offensive line at South Salem High. Mark began playing football as an 11-year-old when the local Boys Club began sponsoring teams. He subsequently played through junior high school and then at Sprague High School, where he was “a hard hitting, but decidedly average” part-time starter for the Olympians his senior year. Gilman's sports experience left an indelible mark on his life, and he was determined to keep sports in his life.
Darcie Jones joins the board of the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club, which sponsors The Beacons, as a fourth generation Salem native and lifelong supporter of kids. Her long career in the Salem-Keizer School District as a School Counselor has cemented her belief in the importance of helping every student find a “connector” to their school community, and athletics is invariably a valuable part of this mission. Unfortunately, many kids in the Salem-Keizer community face barriers to participation, many of which involve financial means, so joining the Board of S-KHSSBC was a natural next step for her.
Sam Mendez grew up in Mesa, Arizona and moved to Salem, Oregon in 2006. He attended Eastern Oregon University where he studied Business Management. Sam began working at South Salem High School in 2006 as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant. Since then he has held various positions at South Salem High School in the attendance, discipline, and counseling offices, where he currently works as a Data Specialist at South Salem High School. In 2013 he was also a Crystal Apple nominee.
Sam played football and became a 'student of the game', while he was a student at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona. When he moved to Salem, he brought his love of sports to South Salem High School where he has coached all levels of football since 2008, Boys basketball at all three levels since 2006, and JV softball since 2017. Besides coaching, Sam helps coordinate the athletic website and all of the social media for the various sports programs at South Salem High School and helps coordinate the Saxon Football Golf Tournament.
This is Sam's first year serving on the Salem-Keizer High School Sports Booster Club board and he is excited to bring his computer, social media, and planning knowledge to the community.
Sam has been married to his wife Sara Mendez for 15 years and they have a son, Salvador, who will turn 3 in August. In his spare time you can find Sam, camping, hiking, and fishing.
Amy West was born in Florence, Oregon and grew up nearby in Mapleton, Oregon, where her parents still reside. After graduating from Mapleton High School, Amy attended Western Oregon University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a pre-med emphasis. She simultaneously completed WOU's Athletic Training Program and after passing the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Board of Certification for Athletic Trainer exam, she became a certified Athletic Trainer. Amy received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University and her initial Administrative License through Portland State University.
For the past 23 years, Amy has worked as the Certified Athletic Trainer and a teacher at Sprague High School, where she has helped to create an Oregon Department of Education approved Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy program. She has also assisted with running the Athletic Training Program at Hope Orthopedics of Oregon for the past five years. In 2018, she was awarded the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award for her efforts as an athletic trainer.
Amy also serves as a member of the Oregon Athletic Trainers' Society Honors and Awards Committee and the Sprague Hall of Fame induction and planning committees.
Amy has lived in Oregon her entire life and has lived in Salem for the past 20 years. In her free time, she spends it with her friends and family.