Ron Stratten

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Ron Stratten
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born San Francisco, California
Alma mater University of Oregon
Playing career
1961–1963 Oregon
Position(s) Center, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1968–1971 Oregon (DL)
1972–1974 Portland State
Head coaching record
Overall 9–24

Ron Stratten (born 1943) was the head coach for the Portland State Vikings college football team from 1972 to 1974. He compiled an overall record of 9–24 in three seasons.[1] Stratten was one of the first African American head football coaches at a university with a majority white enrollment.[2]

Stratten resigned after three seasons due to the team's poor performance. He was succeeded by Mouse Davis, the offensive coordinator he had hired a year earlier.[2] After leaving coaching, he worked for the NCAA's education services division, and is now retired and living in Indianapolis, Indiana.[2]

Stratten grew up in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School, where he played linebacker and fullback.[2] He played college football for the University of Oregon from 1961 to 1963, and was the Ducks' defensive line coach from 1968 to 1971.[2][3]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Portland State Vikings (Division II Independent) (1972–1974)
1972 Portland State 3–8
1973 Portland State 1–10
1974 Portland State 5–6
Total: 9–24
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ "Portland State Football Coaching Records". Portland State Vikings. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Bachman, Rachel (May 13, 2007). "Football's forgotten pioneer". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  3. ^ "UO Assistant Coaches" (PDF). University of Oregon 2006 Football Media Guide. 2006. p. 171. Retrieved 2007-05-14.