Athletics: Fall 2019
Author: Athletics
Posted: September 24, 2019

Loss goes deep

PORTLAND State Athletics lost a history-making member of its past when former coach and administrator Roy Love ’61 passed away on June 17 at the age of 82.

Love did it all for Athletics. He played baseball as a student from 1955 to 1959; returned to coach baseball and eventually football and golf; served as Athletics director from 1975 to 1986, retired, then was asked to return for an additional six years starting in 1988.

As head baseball coach, he compiled a win-loss record of 257-215. He took eight teams to post-season play, with the 1967 team winning the Pacific Coast College Division title. His 1962 team placed second in the nation at the NAIA level.

As Athletics director, he was a great judge of people, says Larry Sellers, former sports information director. “He hired coaches Mouse Davis, Don Read, Pokey Allen, Jack Dunn, Jeff Mozzochi, Teri Mariani, Marlin Grahn and Greg Bruce to name a few."

Love was inducted into the Portland State Hall of Fame in 1998 and later into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

Home for good

HILLSBORO Stadium is now Viking football’s home venue. The team joins the PSU softball and soccer programs, which already call the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex, home.

Scheduling challenges with Portland Timbers soccer at Providence Park grew too frequent to keep playing at the downtown stadium, which had been the Vikings’ home venue since the 1960s. PSU and Hillsboro are working together to upgrade the Viking fan experience, including amenity upgrades and enhanced tailgating.

Following two home non-conference games, the Vikings will host four Big Sky games in Hillsboro: Southern Utah on Oct. 5, Idaho on Oct. 12, Montana on Nov. 2 and UC Davis on Nov. 9. Season and individual game tickets are on sale now.