EPHS grad named head football coach

Jacob Schauffler
Jacob Schauffler

Jacob Schauffler, a 1997 graduate of Eagle Point High School, has been named EPHS  head football coach. The announcement was made by Vice- Principal Harry Hedrick, who had announced his retirement from that position at the end of last year’s football season.

Schauffler was a member of the 1995 team that played in the state
championship game against Roseburg and his senior year, they played in
the state quarterfinals. That year, Schauffler was the SOC rushing
champion, first team running back and an all-conference and all-state
linebacker.
   
He not only excelled athletically, he also
excelled academically and graduated in the top five percent of his high
school class. He went to Western Oregon University to play football on
a scholarship and played tailback from 1997-2000. He was part of a
conference championship team in 1997. Schauffler continued to excel
academically, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2001 with a degree in
teaching.
   
He was immediately hired at LaCreole Middle
School where he taught 8th grade social studies and was the head
football coach. The following year he and his wife moved back to the
Rogue Valley and purchased a home in Eagle Point. He spent that year as
a substitute teacher, primarily in District 9 and Rogue River and
became the defensive coordinator at Rogue River under Walt Bazylewicz,
who is now the head coach at Phoenix. Rogue River went to the playoffs
for the time in more than 20 years. Schauffler taught math and social
studies at Rogue River High School for two years and continued with his
coaching responsibilities. Rogue River had a winning record in all
three seasons with Bazylewicz and Schauffler.
   
Schauffler
took a job at Phoenix High School as a history teacher and defensive
coordinator. In 2005, they played in the state semi finals. That year
Phoenix  was No. 1 in scoring defense at the 3A level with  7.1 points
per game. In the three years Schauffler has been at Phoenix, they were
in the playoffs two of those seasons and had three winning seasons. 
   
"I
am very excited to be here. I still live in Eagle Point and have always
wanted to come home and teach at my high school,"  said Schauffler, who
has stayed connected with EPHS and the program.  He said he would be
teaching math at Eagle Point High School this coming year. The newly
appointed coach said he will have recruitment as his priority. His goal
is to have 60 kids in the football program.  He will put a lot of
effort into "hard nose" defense, but caring for the kids will come
first.
   
Schauffler has been married to his high school
sweetheart, Natoshua (Raigosa), almost seven years and they have a
two-year-old daughter.
   
Hedrick said the interview process
consisted of two interview committees comprised of administration,
school board and community members, teachers, assistant coaches,
parents and students. "We are excited tht M,. Schauffler has accepted
our offer and we are looking forward to watching our program grow under
his leadership and guidance," said Hedrick. 

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