|School: Wilson||Graduation Year: 1989|
Year Inducted: 2015
Sports Played: Football, Basketball
Featured Member of the Month ~ April 2021
High School Honors: 2-year Football Letterman, 1st team All-PIL defensive back, led PIL in interceptions, senior; team captain, starting QB senior. 3-year Basketball Letterman, 1st team All-PIL, All-State, and League Championship team captain, junior & senior; State team runner-up, junior; State champs, senior, All-Tourney both years.
Post High School Career: Chemeketa CC, captain and All-league with 33-0 record and NWAAC champions; tournament MVP in 1990; AA degree in 1991. Oregon State University, BS degree 1993. Frosh basketball coach at Benson, ’96-’99; Asst. basketball coach at Jefferson ’99-’09; Varsity Basketball Coach at Jefferson 2009-current; four PIL and four 5A State titles (09, 10, 13, 14). PIL and State 5a Coach of the Year 2013 and 2014. Coached AAU basketball for 20 years. Oregon Department of Human Services, 20 years.
I have been fortunate to have strong parents, Dwain and Shirley Strickland who have been my biggest role models throughout my life. They groomed me since birth to be a respectable, dedicated individual, with strong morals and values. Without their continued love and support throughout my life, I would not be the person I am today.
Along with my parents, my wife Sonya our children Paige, Isaiah, Kadeem and Tyus and countless others have been my inspiration over the years and allowed me to make a difference in young kid’s lives. I have been fortunate that basketball and my current employment with Oregon Department of Human Services have given me the platform to make a difference in children and families lives for over 20 years.
I would also like to thank the PIL and Wilson High School faculty, students, my coaches and teammates who have all made it possible for this moment in history.