KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dick McClain
Before being hired at Linn-Benton, Dick McClain played for the University of Oregon
as a catcher and was drafted in 1962 by the San Francisco Giants. In 1969, he became
the only Oregon coach to win an American Legion World Championship and was named National
American Legion Coach of the Year. The 1969 Legion team was later inducted into the
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1969, McClain was hired as director of health and physical education at Linn-Benton. In 1970, he started the athletic programs at Linn-Benton. In 1971, he coached the Roadrunners baseball team to their first Oregon Community College Athletic Association baseball championship. His LBCC teams went on to win again in 1972, 73, 75 and 76.
In 1992, McClain replaced Frank Bosone to become the NWAACC's second-ever executive director. During his tenure, the NWAACC has seen many changes including an increase in tuition waivers for the Washington schools, the combining and centralization of the Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and the establishment of the central office location in Vancouver, WA.