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Roseburg High selects new head football coach, pending board approval

Dave Heuberger has been selected as the next Roseburg High School football coach, the RHS Athletics Department said on May 4, 2016. (SBG photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Dave Heuberger has been selected as the next Roseburg High School football coach, the RHS Athletics Department said Wednesday morning.

Heuberger (pronounced "Hi-berger") has led the Springfield Millers the last four years with an overall head coaching record of 36-10.

Miller highlights under Heuberger's leadership include the school's first league title and playoff win in more than 50 years in 2014 and advancing the 5A football team to the quarterfinals three times and the semi-finals once, doubling the Millers' school history of state playoff berths.

He is a two time Midwestern League Coach of the Year and was selected to coach the past two Les Schwab Bowl 6A/5A All Star games.

He has also coached numerous MVP and player-of-the-year student athletes over the years.

RHS leaders say Heuberger's winning record, commitment to players and passion for the game is topped only by his dedication to students' academic excellence, making him the right fit for Roseburg.

"I wanted someone who was going to be a good fit for our kids, our coaches, our school culture and our community," said RHS Athletic Director Russ Bolin. "Dave fits that."

Roseburg Principal Jill Weber agreed and cited a student and community survey in which the nearly 150 respondents ranked students' personal and academic success and the team's winning record as needing to be equally important for the next Indians head coach.

"He has proven success on the field and supports success in the classroom. He's all about raising great young men," Weber said, adding Heuberger's experience in similar communities of Springfield and Scappoose will serve the coach well in Roseburg.

Heuberger, himself a Western Oregon University linebacker and three sport high school athlete, has also coached track and field for eight years and softball for three years. His prior football coaching credentials include assistant coach for Rex Putnam High School and the state title football teams of Marist Catholic and Scappoose High Schools.

"At each stop I was very fortunate to learn from great head coaches. Along with getting to learn, I also got to create lifelong friendships with staff and players.It's easy to see why Coach Bell stayed at Roseburg for 45 years," Heuberger wrote to the hiring committee. "A supportive community, a supportive administration team that values the life lessons that football can teach. I believe in what you are trying to achieve and want to be a piece of that mission."

Heuberger will join RHS's teaching staff as a physical education and health teacher this fall, too. Heuberger has taught physical education for 11 years at Springfield High School, which included teaching credit recovery courses, summer school and serving as class advisor.

Heuberger plans to move to Roseburg this summer with his wife Lisa and their two daughters, ages 10 and 7.

"My family and I are very excited at the opportunity to be a part of the Roseburg community. The passion the hiring committee had for kids and football was a great reflection of the community. We look forward to being part of the Friday nights at Finlay Field," Heuberger said.

Heuberger was one of 20 applicants for the teaching/coaching position at RHS. He was offered the position this week and accepted it.

His appointment to the physical education/head football coach post is now pending board approval.

The Roseburg Public Schools Board of Directors will vote on the hiring committee's recommendation at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, May 11.

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