Testimonials

Coach MacKay was invaluable to my high school wrestling career and success. He brings world class experience and a wealth of wrestling knowledge that he can input at any level of wrestling. His attention to detail and technique is impressive. He would always match my level of dedication and intensity. If I was in the gym early to drill, coach MacKay was there. If I stayed late, coach MacKay was right there. He helped show and prove to me how hard work and dedication can pay off. Coach MacKay was also right there to pick me up after a devastating loss, give perspective, and show me how to learn from it and use it. Always a professional, his passion for the sport and desire to give back to wrestling and the athletes is undeniable. C.L.A.W. Strong!


Jacob Thompson

HRVH

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One of the most dedicated and involved coaches I've ever had! Jeff Mackay went above and beyond, always making sure I was being pushed during practice and getting extras in after. He was always there to help set goals with me and make sure I met them, from cutting weight & healthy lifestyle choices to state championships & national titles. After high school I started my college career at Oklahoma City University, and even though he couldn't be at my mat side Mackay continued to be involved in every step of my wrestling journey. As I transition into my own coaching career I hope I will be able to impact my wrestlers the way he has impacted me.


Katelyn Eddy

HRVH and Oklahoma City University

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Coach MacKay helped me a lot during my high school wrestling years by perfecting the moves I wanted to master. I had found that working with Coach MacKay not only inspired me to keep working hard, but to keep having fun. He's an awesome practice partner and works great with each one of his individual wrestlers. 


Frannie Ybarra 

HRVH and SWOCC (Southwestern Oregon Community College)

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Coach MacKay coached at my high school and although I was only there for two years I learned a great deal from him. His advanced knowledge of the intricacies of positioning, and the sport of wrestling as a whole, made it simple for him to offer a quick adjustment of footwork, scramble technique or add a new move altogether. One unique aspect coach MacKay brings is his senior level experiences. He doesn't shy away from mixing it up with his wrestlers either, regardless of size. He was an intermittent practice partner for me during my final two years at the high school level and I believe he played a pivotal role in my success at that level and beyond. 


David Frasier

Wrestler

HRVHS

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Coach MacKay is very approachable. He is easy to understand and articulates his thoughts well when demonstrating wrestling techniques. He gives positive reinforcement and is fun to be around. 


Aaron Mallon 

Wrestler

HRVHS 

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I would like to reflect on the impact that Jeff had on my life. My dad Stanly Prouty was a coach along side Jeff at Hood River Valley High School. I was not a wrestler but a stat keeper. I rode along with he team to countless tournaments, meets and in the wee hours of the morning trudged my self onto the waiting bus often in freezing weather in anticipation of a long journey only to arrive and have a very long day or days in a gym. Jeff usually sat up front in the bus along side the stat keepers. He was always extremely positive and encouraging to all the wrestlers and stat keepers. One particular thing that sticks out in my mind is that Jeff was particular about what he ate, always being a good influence on wrestlers and encouraging healthy life styles. He had coined a phrase that has stuck with me for all these years. "Wrestling is not a sport, it is a lifestyle. " it could not be more true. Wrestling is a lifestyle that involves not only the athlete but all that it takes to support the athlete and team. Jeff was a pivotal person in the support of the team and athlete.


Jessica Prouty 

Head Stat Keeper 

HRVHS

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Coach MacKay was more than a coach for me growing up. He was a friend and mentor. Jeff is an incredibly gifted wrestler. His personal accolades attest to that. He is a man I aspired to learn from, who drove me to compete and win with class. I was not a naturally gifted athlete, my skills and competence came from early mornings and late nights above and beyond regular practices. Coach Mackay was there with me every morning and after every practice. Encouraging me to be the best man I could be. While I succeeded in high school on the mat, I would not be the man and father I am today were it not for coach MacKay.


Brice Nesbitt

Wrestler

HRVHS

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