Exploding Whale Sports
April 20, 2016

Tim Dodson is retiring after serving 20 seasons as head football coach at Siuslaw High School.
“An end of an era has officially arrived,” according to a post on the team’s Facebook page. “Coach Tim Dodson is stepping down as head coach of Siuslaw football to spend more time with his family.
“We thank Coach Dodson for his dedication to excellence. The School District has begun the process of selecting a new head coach to be named this summer.”
Dodson was 152-58 in his 20 seasons, which included a state championship in 2006. That’s a winning percentage of .724.

Dodson succeeded Len Lutero, who was head coach from 1967-95. Lutero was 196-90-3 in his 29 seasons, a winning percentage of .683.

Dodson was the starting quarterback for the Lutero team that shared the state title in 1981, when the Vikings played South Umpqua to a scoreless tie in the AA championship game. Siuslaw won the 4A state title in 2006, beating Sisters in the final, 21-14, in overtime, in a game played Dec. 9 at Autzen Stadium. The Vikings beat Cottage Grove 55-7, Central 27-0 and Ontario 34-7 to reach the championship game. Siuslaw also finished runnerup in 2011. The Vikings were 20-15 in 16 postseasons under Dodson.

Speculation of Dodson’s decision began during last season, and it was an open secret in the community that he was retiring.