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Mike Putnam
Head Coach

Coach Putnam graduated Sprague High School in Salem in 1990, where he was a three-year letterman as a defensive lineman, and an all-league defensive tackle as a senior. He received his Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Western Oregon in 1998. He began his coaching career at Western in 1993 and worked there for 8 seasons, including coaching with their CFA Conference Title Team of 1998. He also coached at Willamette University in 2000. Coach Putnam has coached at South Albany, McKay, and Stayton, LaSalle Catholic Prep, Aloha, and Cascade High Schools. At Cascade, Coach Putnam served as the Offensive Coordinator for a Conference Championship team that averaged close to 50 points a game. Coach Putnam currently serves as the Defensive Line/Assistant Offensive Line Coach at Sprague High School in Salem.
 
Coach Putnam has also coached several seasons for Semi Pro/Adult Level football teams like the Portland Thunderbolts (Defensive Coordinator) and the Mill Creek Copperheads (Co-Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator). Coach Putnam has over 29 years of football coaching experience at the high school, college, and semi-professional levels, and has coached every position on the field.
 
Coach Putnam is in his fourth year teaching at Cascade High School. He teaches Social Studies, and serves as the Vice President of the Cascade Education Association. Coach Putnam has also previously served as a sportswriter and a guest radio host.
 
Mike lives in Salem and is the proud father of two incredible daughters; Katie and Suzy, his son Lachlan and step sons Darrick and Clayton. Lachlan is amazing, precocious, and exhausting as all 6 year old's tend to be.

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Tim Valdivieso
Ast. Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator

Coach Valdivieso coached for 6 years at Aloha High School. Currently coaching at South Salem High School. Has been married for 18 years and has two daughters, age 17 and 15.

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Jeron Tobar
Assistant Coach Off/Def Line

Coach Tobar is a generational football player following in the footsteps of his father and brother. When his sister, Renee (#99) joined the Pioneers in 2020 he jumped at the opportunity to pass on his family's football legacy. Jeron quickly became an integral part of the 2021 coaching staff, helping lead the team to an undefeated regular season in their first year.

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Steve Polanski
Special Teams Coordinator
Assistant Coach Defensive Backs/
Receivers
Recruiting Coordinator

Coach Polanski Has coached football for over 15 years including youth, High school and semi pro levels. He is also an NFHS Certified and Accredited coach.