Jay Locey

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Jay Locey
Jay Locey 2009 by Greg Keene.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Assistant head coach, tight ends coach
Team Oregon State
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born (1955-02-03) February 3, 1955 (age 59)
Corvallis, Oregon
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Oregon State (GA)
Lakeridge HS (OR) (assistant)
Corvallis HS (OR) (assistant)
Linfield (assistant)
Oregon State (AHC/WR)
Head coaching record
Overall 84–18
Accomplishments and honors
1 NCAA Division III National (2004)
5x Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
Division III Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by Samson
Named Top 25 most influential sports people by The Oregonian

Jay Locey (born February 3, 1955) is an American football coach and former player in the United States. He is currently the assistant head coach at Oregon State University. Locey served as the head football coach at Linfield College from 1996 to 2005, compiling a record of 84–18.

Early years[edit]

Locey attended Corvallis High School in his hometown of Corvallis, Oregon from 1969 to 1973. As a sophomore, he earned a spot on the varsity football team. The starting quarterback on that team was senior Mike Riley (current head coach at OSU). That season the Spartans went 11–1, losing to North Salem in their homecoming game, and won the state championship, avenging their loss in the 1969 championship the year before.[1] Locey was a reserve linebacker and played special teams that season.

Upon graduating from Corvallis High, he accepted a scholarship to play football at Oregon State. He started one game as a defensive back for the Beavers his sophomore season. His junior year he became a starter and earned second team All Pacific-8 Conference. At the conclusion of his senior season, he was named first team All Pacific-8 Conference.[2]

Locey was honored twice as OSU's top student-athlete and received the outstanding senior award his senior year.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Locey began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Oregon State in 1977. After one season as a GA, he was hired at Lakeridge High School by legendary Oregon high school coach, Tom Smythe. He was the secondary coach for four seasons at Lakeridge. In 1982, he returned to Corvallis to coach at his alma mater, Corvallis High School, under head coach Gary Beck (current assistant at OSU).

Linfield College[edit]

After one season with the Spartans, he returned to the college ranks when he was hired by Ad Rutschman at Linfield College as the defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Riley who had left to coach in the CFL.

Locey was promoted to head coach at Linfield in 1996. He continued the winning tradition that had begun years ago under Rutschman. In his first four years, Locey's Wildcats had a record of 24–12. Locey decided to commit himself and his coaching staff to build camaraderie and team chemistry. With their newfound idea of 'team', the Wildcats went 60–6 with a NCAA Division III Title in 2004 in his final six seasons at the helm.[3]

In his 10 seasons as the head coach, Locey guided the Wildcats to an 84–18 record and one NCAA Division III title. He was named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year five times and at one point coached the Wildcats on a 41-game winning streak. He coached 16 All-Americans at Linfield.[2]

Oregon State University[edit]

Although Locey had helped to establish a very successful program at Linfield, he was looking for an opportunity to grow professionally and to make a fresh start. In 2006, Mike Riley hired him as the assistant head coach for the Oregon State Beavers, bringing him again back to his hometown.[4]

As the assistant head coach, he is also the tight ends coach.[5]

Oregon State coach Mike Riley has promoted assistant head coach Jay Locey to chief of staff and graduate assistant Trent Bray to linebackers coach.

Locey, in his seventh season as coach, will add fundraising, alumni engagement, high school and community relations, player leadership development and team building activities to a list of duties in his new role.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Locey is the grandson of former OSU athletic director Percy Locey. He and his wife Susan have three daughters and reside in Corvallis.[2]


  1. ^ "Corvallis High Football History". corvallishighfootball.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jay Locey". OSUBeavers.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ Eggers, Jerry. "Ex-Wildcat settles into orange zone". portlandtribune.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  4. ^ Hatch, Brooks. "A change in roles". gazettetimes.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Jay Locey Profile". Oregon State University. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/01/15/beavers-coach-mike-riley-promotes-jay-locey-and-trent-bray-on-staff/

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