Jay Locey

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Jay Locey
Jay Locey 2009 by Greg Keene.jpg
Current position
TitleHead coach
TeamLewis & Clark
Biographical details
Born (1955-02-04) February 4, 1955 (age 64)
Corvallis, Oregon
Playing career
1974–1976Oregon State
Position(s)Defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977Oregon State (GA)
1978–1981Lakeridge HS (OR) (assistant)
1982Corvallis HS (OR) (assistant)
1983–1995Linfield (assistant)
2006–2014Oregon State (AHC/WR)
2015–presentLewis & Clark
Head coaching record
Tournaments9–4 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NCAA Division III (2004)
6 NWC (2000–2005)
5x NWC Coach of the Year (2000, 2002–2005)
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. He is currently the head coach at Lewis & Clark College. 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. 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 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.


After one season with the Spartans, he returned to the college ranks in 1983 when he was hired by Ad Rutschman at Linfield College as the defensive coordinator, replacing Mike Riley who had left to coach in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Locey was promoted to head coach at Linfield in 1996. In his first four years, Locey's Wildcats had a record of 24–12. The Wildcats went 60–6 with a NCAA Division III Title in 2004 in Locey's 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[edit]

In 2006, Mike Riley, who was then head coach for the Oregon State Beavers, hired Locey as the assistant head coach, bringing him back to his hometown.[4] As the assistant head coach, he was also the tight ends coach.[5]

In 2012, Riley promoted Locey from assistant head coach to chief of staff and promoted assistant Trent Bray to linebackers coach. As assistant head coach, Locey's duties included fundraising, alumni engagement, high school and community relations, player leadership development and team building activities.[6]

Lewis & Clark[edit]

In December 2014, Locey became head football coach of the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in Portland.[7][8] He went winless in his first season as head coach.

Personal life[edit]

Locey is the grandson of former Oregon State athletic director Percy Locey.[9] He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Linfield Wildcats (Columbia Football Association) (1996)
1996 Linfield 5–4
Linfield Wildcats (Northwest Conference) (1997–2005)
1997 Linfield 6–3 4–1 2nd
1998 Linfield 7–2 4–1 2nd
1999 Linfield 6–3 3–2 3rd
2000 Linfield 9–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division III Second Round
2001 Linfield 7–2 4–1 T–1st
2002 Linfield 10–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
2003 Linfield 11–1 5–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
2004 Linfield 13–0 5–0 1st W NCAA Division III Championship
2005 Linfield 10–1 4–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
Linfield: 84–18
Lewis & Clark Pioneers (Northwest Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Lewis & Clark 0–9 0–7 8th
2016 Lewis & Clark 0–9 0–7 8th
2017 Lewis & Clark 2–7 1–6 7th
2018 Lewis & Clark 2–7 1–6 7th
Lewis & Clark: 4–32 2–26
Total: 88–50
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "Corvallis High Football History". corvallishighfootball.com. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Jay Locey". OSUBeavers.com. Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
  3. ^ Eggers, Jerry. "Ex-Wildcat settles into orange zone". portlandtribune.com. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
  4. ^ Hatch, Brooks. "A change in roles". gazettetimes.com. Retrieved December 20, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Jay Locey Profile". Oregon State University. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2013/01/15/beavers-coach-mike-riley-promotes-jay-locey-and-trent-bray-on-staff/
  7. ^ Mizell, Gina (19 December 2014). "Jay Locey, former Oregon State Beavers assistant, chief of staff, ready for new challenge as Lewis & Clark head coach". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "Jay Locey to lead Lewis & Clark College football program". Albany Democrat Herald. December 16, 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  9. ^ Schnell, Lindsay (December 16, 2009). "Jay Locey brought thumb wrestling and Rock, Paper, Scissors to Oregon State football, and it's resulted in wins". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved September 5, 2016.

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