Fruitland High names next head football coach

Ryan Tracy has been the Grizzlies’ offensive coordinator for the past four seasons and an assistant with the program for 12.

Tracy, a 1997 Parma High graduate with a bachelor of science degree from Eastern Oregon and a masters in sports management, takes over for Bruce Schlaich, who retired at the end of the season after leading Fruitland to 110 wins in 133 games over the past 12 seasons.

“This is like my family here and this is where I want to be,” said Tracy, who teaches physical education at Fruitland Elementary.

The Grizzlies have made seven consecutive appearances in the 3A state title game, winning two.

Tracy played tight end and linebacker for Schlaich when Parma won a state championship in 1996. Tracy also has coached the Grizzlies’ defense and was a head coach for the junior varsity.

“There’s nobody who is more honored to have this position than me because of how long I’ve been here and how important I know that it is to the community,” Tracy said. “That’s just my honest feeling. I am truly honored and truly blessed to have this opportunity.”

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