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Longtime SOU football coach moving on, but not far

Assistant head coach Nathan Chin resigned on Tuesday from Southern Oregon University and will take a new job as a teacher and coach at Crater High School.

Posted: Aug 18, 2020 12:47 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2020 1:44 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — For the better part of two decades, Nathan Chin could be found somewhere on the football field at Southern Oregon University. On Tuesday, the former Raider quarterback and 14-year SOU coach announced he would be resigning.

But Chin won't be moving far from the Rogue Valley. In the press release from SOU Athletics, Chin said he would be taking a position as a teacher and football coach at Crater High School just up the road in Central Point.

"This decision was very difficult but it is a great opportunity for me professionally and my family," Chin said. "My family is my number one priority and this opportunity allows me to give more to them. Southern Oregon University will always be a special place for me with so many great memories and I will always be a Raider."

Chin is the only coach to have been apart of SOU's last six NAIA Championship Series appearances. He started as a student assistant coach in 2001 after playing quarterback for the Raiders in 1999 and 2000.

After earning a bachelor's degree in mathematics and business and a master's degree in social studies, Chin coached at Mayville State for five years, serving the final three as head coach.

He returned to Southern Oregon in 2011 and has since served as receivers coach, defensive backs coach, special teams coordinator and assistant head coach.

"Nate's been a part of the Raider family for a long time. In many ways he helped create the culture of our athletic programs," SOU Director of Athletics Matt Sayre said. "He's been a role model for student-athletes and young coaches, and one of my most valued colleagues. He's a special person with a special family and we will miss him."

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