MV COUGARS FOOTBALL
BRIAN CRUM - HEAD COACH/ OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Brian begins his seventh year as the Head Coach (41-22) of the Cougars after serving the previous four as the Quarterback coach and Passing Game Coordinator at MVHS and 22 years of coaching overall. He has had the pleasure of coaching numerous excellent QB’s including the 2011 State Offensive Player of the Year in Jacob Hollister and All IMC Players Toby Webb, Conor Nehl, and Mike Irwin. He is a graduate of Modoc High School in Alturas, CA where he was a three- sport athlete participating in Football, Basketball, and Track. While at Modoc HS, Crum was a two-time All-League Defensive Back and three-time All-League performer in track. He then graduated from Pepperdine University with both his Bachelor and Masters degrees. Crum was both an assistant coach, and then Co-Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Oak Park High School in Southern California for 12 years where he helped lead the Eagles to three Sectional Championship game appearances and a 56-20 record during his last six years at the school. In addition to his coaching duties, Crum is also a social studies teacher at Mountain View High School where he teaches AP and standard United States History as well as Strength and Conditioning classes. He and his wife Vanessa have three children, Emma age 17, Connor age 12, and Hailey age 11.
NEIL ELSHIRE- DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Neil is entering his third stint as a coach at Mountain View and his second as Defensive Coordinator. He has a total of 20 years of high school coaching experience, 8 of those at Mt. View. He began his football career at South Albany High School where he starred on the football field and the basketball court. In 1976, he was selected to the Oregon All-State team in both sports. After graduation he attended the University of Oregon where he played football for the Ducks and earned his BS degree in Political Science. In 1979 Elshire was named to the All Pac-10 team as a defensive end. After graduation he was signed by the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings where he played six seasons as a Defensive End. Neil started for the Vikings in 63 regular season games and had 19 career sacks. During the 1983 season, he finished second on the team with 9 ½ sacks. He still has a share of the team record for blocked kicks in a game with two. Since retiring from the NFL following the 1986 season, Elshire has been trading lumber and commodities. He is married to his wife Hayley. They have five children - Molly 34, Erik 31, Elise 28, Adrienne 26 and Tatum 18.
MIKE HUFF –DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
Coach Huff returns for his 14th season at Mountain View, after coaching five years at Crook County High School. A 2000 graduate of Crook County, Huff received his Bachelor’s degree from Oregon State in 2005 and Masters degree from Eastern Oregon University in 2006. After two years teaching at St. Francis, Huff joined the Mountain View staff in 2008 where he teaches Social Studies. After coaching the Varsity Defensive Backs and acting as the Head JV Coach, Huff took over the Varsity Linebacker duties in 2009. He then spent 3 years as the Varsity Defensive Coordinator before returning to Linebackers last year. He will now go to Defensive Backs. He married his wife Katie in 2007, and together they have two daughters, Kennedy 7, and 4 year old Kassidy.
TYLER ROBITAILLE - WIDE RECEIVER COACH -JV Offensive Coordinator
Tyler prepares for his first season at Mt. View HS after spending 8 years in McMinnville playing and coaching for Linfield College. During his time at Linfield, Tyler was a 2x All Conference selection at Linebacker, helping his team win 4 straight NWC championships and hold a 41-5 record. He graduated in 2014 with a Business Finance degree and completed his Masters in Sports Management June of 2018. Following graduation, Tyler remained at Linfield to coach Defensive Backs and serve as the programs recruiting coordinator. During his 4 years of coaching at Linfield, Tyler became the DB coach, Special Teams Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator and Camp Director, helping Linfield to an overall record of 41-6. Prior to Linfield, Tyler attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA where he lettered in football and baseball. Earning himself 1st Team All CCS selection and participant of the Charlie Wedermeyer Shrine Game. Tyler will serve as Mt View's campus monitor this year and when not coaching, he enjoys snowboarding, water sports and traveling.
TAYLOR VALLERGA - RUNNING BACKS COACH
Taylor is a graduate of Mountain View High School (class of 1987), and is now a teacher and coach himself at MVHS. Vallerga received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Oregon State University in 1992. After spending four years in Portland, he moved back to Bend and in 1996 and joined the football coaching staff at MVHS. That same year, Vallerga went back to school to obtain his teaching degree, finishing his credential in 1998. The next year, he began teaching at Mountain View and is currently teaching psychology, A.P psychology and US history. Vallerga’s high school playing career at MVHS featured two years as a varsity letterman, while being selected as an All-IMC punter, defensive back and third team All-State punter, as a junior. His senior year, he was chosen as an All-IMC punter, receiver and defensive back, and was also selected to play in the 1987 Shrine All-Star game. During Vallerga’s coaching career at MVHS, he has had the honor of working with many of the men who were there to coach for him in high school (his mentors), including his father Paul Vallerga, Paul Smith and former MVHS head coach John Nehl. He has coached defensive backs, receivers and punters, and is currently coaching running backs.
PAUL VALLERGA - DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH
After ten years of coaching football and track in Bakersfield California, Paul Vallerga moved his family to Bend Oregon in 1979 to join the coaching staff of a brand new high school. As a football coach who would help launch the first year of varsity sports, and its introduction into the Intermountain Conference (IMC), Vallerga has been there from the beginning of Mountain View High School football! In 1980, he also joined the teaching staff at MVHS, retiring in 2004 after 25 years. Since retiring from teaching however, Vallerga has continued to coach varsity football, and holds the distinction of coaching in every MVHS varsity football game in its history. Vallerga’s high school playing career began at Napa HS in Napa CA, where he earned all-league honors in football, basketball, and was a three-time league high jump champion. He won the National Football Foundation Scholar-athlete award, and was voted unanimously into the Napa High School Hall of Fame. Vallerga attended college at the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned six letters in football and track, and was voted MVP of the football team in 1966 and 1967. He was also named first team Little All-American defensive back in 1967, and was selected for the Coaches All-American game in 1968. After graduating from UCSB, he signed with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, but an injury ended his playing career. He was later elected into the UC Santa Barbara Hall of Fame. Paul has been married to Lois for the past 20 years.
BRANT MELLOR - VARSITY OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Brant graduated from Canby High School as a three sport lettermen: Football, Basketball and Baseball. At Canby, Brant played tight end and was a starting pitcher on the baseball team. He continued on to Western Oregon University to play baseball and earn his undergraduate teaching degree. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Geographic Education at the University of Oregon and taught and coached baseball at Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon before moving to Central Oregon. At Redmond High School he coached freshman football for two years and then was the offensive coordinator and line coach for the J.V. team for an additional two years and coached the J.V. basketball team for five years. Brant has been teaching and coaching for 20 years and has helped coach teams that have reached the state playoffs in Football, Basketball and Baseball. In addition to coaching Football at Mountain View he teaches AP Human Geography and AP European history. His wife, Wendy is an Equine surgeon at Bend Equine Center, and have a son, Finn (8) and 4 year old daughter, Aven.
TANNER COOK - LINEBACKERS COACH – JV HEAD COACH - JV DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Redmond High School, and is currently enrolled at COCC and Eastern Oregon University working on a bachelors’ degree in Physical Education and Sport. After graduating in 2010 he immediately began his coaching career at La Pine High School where he coached offensive line, defensive line, and outside linebackers for 3 seasons. In 2013 Tanner became the Head football coach at Pilot Butte Middle School where he spent 2 seasons coaching the class of 2019 through their 7th and 8th grade years. Tanner assists Mountain View staff this year as the Varsity Linebackers Coach and JV Defensive Coordinator and Head Coach. When not in school, coaching football, watching football, reading about football, or talking about football, Tanner enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife Ashley and young son.
JUSTIN NESBITT- OFFENSIVE LINE
Coach Nesbitt is at MV staff for the fourth straight year after spending the previous two years at Ridgeview HS. Justin will be coaching the Offensive line for the Cougars in 2018. Coach Nesbitt received his Bachelor's degree from University of Oregon in 2003, Master's degree from Willamette University in 2011, and brings with him over 20 years of experience coaching football including Mountain View, Ridgeview, Churchill HS, and Willamette University. Outside of football, Coach Nesbitt spends his time working as a self employed contractor. Married to his wife Shanna, they both enjoy living in Bend, being Cougars for life, and Oregon Football. They have ½ year old Charlee at home
MARK SCHULZ - FRESHMEN HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Mark enters his 13th year as the head freshman football coach at Mountain View High School where he is entering his 21st year on the Cougars coaching staff. He is a graduate of Tigard High School where he starred in football and track. He later attended Oregon State University where he played football for the Beavers, and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology. He then went on to receive his teaching credential from Eastern Oregon University, and returned to Oregon State University to complete his Masters Degree in Education. Schulz has been a teacher MVHS for 16 years, where he teaches PE and Health. He and his wife Kathryn have three sons: Luke (18), Titus (16 and a Junior) and Job (14 and a freshman).
CHRIS JOHNSON (CJ)- FROSH ASSISTANT COACH/CO-OC
CJ was born in Annapolis Maryland in 1989 moved to Bend in 1994 with his family. He played running back and linebacker at Mt. View and graduated in 2007. Chris coached on the freshman staff from 2008 – 2011 and is now happy to be back as a part of the staff for the 2nd year. He is attending school with the goal of graduating with an MBA, and enjoys spending time at Mt. Bachelor and on his mountain bike.
MATT COLLINS – FROSH ASSISTANT COACH
Matt joins that the MVHS football staff after coaching sprinters at Mountain View for the past four years. Matt was born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts where he graduated from Acton-Boxboro Regional High School (State Super Bowl Champs ’95) in 1996. Although a multi-sport athlete throughout high school, Matt focused on track hos senior year and was the 300-meter hurdle state champion and continued hurdling through college at Westfield State University. After a second-place finish at the NCAA championships, Matt Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education in 2000. Matt taught and coached in Weymouth, MA until moving to Bend in 2009. Matt specializes in speed mechanics on the track and the football field, making the Cougars a more dynamic team that others have a hard time catching. Matt teaches Mathematics at MVHS and lives in Bend with his wife, Hillary and their two children, Awbrey (7) and Avery (4).
RYAN DOTY- FROSH ASSISTANT COACH/CO-OC
Ryan is looking forward to entering his first season as an assistant coach on Mountain View’s freshman football team. He is from Corvallis, OR where he was a two-sport athlete playing basketball and football at Corvallis High School. Following graduation, Ryan attended Linn Benton Community College (LBCC) where he spent two years as a student athlete on the LBCC basketball team. Ryan and his family recently relocated to Bend, OR giving him the opportunity to coach football at both Cascade and Pilot Butte Middle Schools the past 3 seasons. In addition to football, he loves coaching basketball at Mountain View High School where he serves as the head JV coach for the Cougars. Currently, Coach Doty is excited to be enrolled at Oregon State University Cascades, working towards a degree in Social Science. Outside of Ryan’s schooling and coaching, you can find him enjoying Central Oregon with his wife Jamie, and his two boys, Eban and Jaylen.
CHAD BACH- FROSH ASSISTANT OL\DL
Chad attended Mountain View High school from 2009-2013, where He was first team All State O-line and D-line 2 years in a row. He was ranked number 4 Offensive Lineman in the state of Oregon 2012-2013, a member of the North West Elite Top 25, the offensive tackle in the 2011 State Championship team, and competed in the All-Star North South Les Schwab bowl. In College he had 28 career starts, and over 30 games played at Portland State University, and received a bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership.