Sailusi Poulivaati

Sailusi PoulivaatiSailusi Poulivaati

Sailusi Poulivaati
School: Cleveland (Commerce) Graduation Year: 1988

Year Inducted: 2019

Sports Played: Football, Basketball, Track and Field

High School Honors: 2 Football letters. 1st Team All-PIL as Junior; 2nd Team as Senior. Team
Captain and MVP as Senior.
2 Basketball letters. 2nd Team All-PIL, Team Captain and MVP as Senior.
2 Track & Field letters, in Discus, Shot Put, and Javelin.

Post High School Career: 3 Football letters at Oregon State University, All Pac-10 Defensive
Lineman Junior and Senior; Team Captain, Senior. BS Degree in Sociology
1993; Master’s Degree in Education, 2004. Played Arena Football with
Tampa Bay Storm 1995-2003; on 2003 World Championship Team.
PE Teacher at Rosemont Ridge Middle School since 2004; Assistant
Football Coach at West Linn High School for 15 years, including 2016
State Championship season. Coached at Cleveland, Tualatin, Willamette,
and Benson.

Commentary:

Athletics have given me opportunities and opened doors that I never thought possible. When I was young, my mom worked hard so I could participate in sports. She always believed in me and led by example with her work ethic. I enjoyed my time at Cleveland where my coaches pushed me to be my best. They instilled the confidence I needed to compete at the next level at OSU. They taught me that hard work and discipline pays off. Now I try to give back by teaching those same lessons to other young people through my work as a teacher and coach. I’ve also tried to pass down the love of sports to my daughters — encouraging them to work hard and be their best.

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