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Ward Paldanius

Ward Paldanius

Chemeketa Community College
Class of 2002

Helped begin intercollegiate athletics at Chemeketa in 1969. Served as the Chiefs' athletic director and director of Physical Education and Health. Was responsible for giving current NBA coach Rick Adelman his first coaching job in 1977. Adelman says that Ward was directly responsible for the quality athletic program which exists at Chemeketa. Also instrumental in bringing women's athletics to ChCC and made sure that all sports had equality. A driving force behind the building of Chemeketa's gymnasium and the Oregon schools entry into the NWAACC in 1983.

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