Chayse Jackson found a new job, and jumped right into his work duties.
The 25-year-old, a former state wrestling champion for Roseburg High School, was recently hired by Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota, as an assistant wrestling coach. The Beavers are an NCAA Division II school and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Jackson, who wrestled at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, started at Minot State on July 1. He was a graduate assistant at D-III University of Dubuque in Iowa the last two years.
“I’m blessed to have this opportunity and excited to see where this will take me,” Jackson said. “(Coaching) is something I truly enjoy and I want to go to the highest level possible. I hope to be here a few years and help build Minot into a powerhouse.”
Evan Forde is entering his fourth year as Minot State’s head coach.
“Coach (Forde) has slowly been building a program (the school reinstated wrestling in 2010) and is very well-respected in the wrestling community,” said Jackson. “The guys look up to him and I’m looking forward to working with him. This seems like a really good fit.”
Jackson, who’s single, was a four-year starter at Grand Canyon, competing at 157 pounds, and was an Academic All-American. He graduated from GCU in 2015 with a 4.0 grade-point average in pre-med.
Jackson, who only wrestled three matches his senior season due to a torn meniscus, says he began thinking about coaching during that time. Grand Canyon no longer has a wrestling program.
“It was a very good experience at Grand Canyon,” said Jackson. “The coaches did a great job of preparing me and made me a better person overall, and I feel I got an excellent education. But it left me unfulfilled. I had some dreams I wasn’t able to accomplish ... I was never able to be an All-American outside of academics (due to GCU moving from D-II to D-I and not getting to compete at nationals).”
Jackson’s future goal? To become a D-I head coach.
“Wrestling is one of the most influential parts of my life,” he said. “I relish the opportunity to influence others — to make them better wrestlers, better students and better people.”
Anyone who grew up in Corvallis during the 1970s was sad to learn the former Oregon State University basketball great passed away Sunday night in Westminster, California. He was 62.
Shelton had battled health issues since suffering a heart attack on May 5, his son, Marlon, a former basketball player at the University of Washington, told The Seattle Times. Shelton had been in a coma for the past month.
Shelton played for Ralph Miller for three seasons from 1973-76, receiving first-team All-Pac-8 honors as a sophomore in 1975. The Beavers made the NCAA Tournament that season and were led by Shelton, a 6-foot-8, 240-pounder who averaged 18.3 points and 9.4 rebounds.
Following his sophomore season, Shelton was drafted by the Memphis Sounds of the American Basketball Association. Memphis folded and Shelton disputed his contract with St. Louis, the team that inherited his rights, and headed back to Oregon State for his junior season, but was declared ineligible to play because he’d signed a pro contract. He sued, alleging an agent had persuaded him to sign a contract using “fraud and undue influence,” and a federal district court order in Oregon allowed him to eventually play 23 games with the Beavers.
But Shelton’s statistics from the 1975-76 season don’t appear in the school’s media guide because later that season the NCAA contested the injunction and won in a court of appeals. The court declared Shelton a pro — and the NCAA ordered Oregon State to forfeit its 15 victories with Shelton in the lineup and erase his statistics.
Jimmy Anderson, a long-time assistant under Miller who later became OSU’s head coach from 1990-95, recruited Shelton out of Bakersfield.
“Lonnie convinced me the second time I watched him play in high school he was a college basketball player,” Anderson said from Corvallis Thursday. “He was pressing guards, stealing the ball and throwing down slam dunks. He was a great athlete.”
Anderson said the two developed a loyal friendship during Shelton’s time in Corvallis.
“Lonnie was a really nice person. A big, gentle athlete,” said Anderson. “I never heard him swear, never heard him say anything negative about anybody. He was an unselfish player. Not only was he a great Beaver, he didn’t cause any problems.”
Shelton played a big role in home victories over UCLA, 61-57 in 1974 and 75-58 in 1976. The first one ended the top-ranked Bruins’ 50-game conference winning streak; the second one was highlighted by Lonnie’s dunk with 30 seconds left. However, dunking was illegal in college basketball back then and Shelton drew a technical.
The crowd — I was one of the 9,571 in attendance — loved it. So did Anderson.
Shelton was selected by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft. He played 10 pro seasons — two in New York, five in Seattle and three in Cleveland.
Shelton was the starting power forward on the Sonics’ 1979 team that brought the city its only NBA title in the 41 years they played in Seattle. He was voted in as a starter by fans for the 1982 NBA All-Star game and was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team that season.
“The main thing is Lonnie was a big, physical presence and we always had one of the best defenses in the league and were one of the best rebounding teams and he was a perfect fit,” Jack Sikma, a starter on Seattle’s front line, told The Seattle Times.
“Just put it this way — nobody wanted to mess with Lonnie. I had my best rebounding years when I was side-by-side with Lonnie and the big key was his man was always boxed out. Lonnie had a body on him and there was a lot of room to go get balls and a lot of it is a credit to Lonnie and his ability to dominate his man.”