Baker StadiumIn 1964, prominent Tacoma businessman John S. Baker supplied the university with a grant to construct a new stadium to be used for athletics. The facility was a major upgrade from the area between Todd Field and Union Avenue where the Loggers used to suit up for home games, granting fans a first-rate experience at Puget Sound home games.
Jeff Thomas led the Loggers to one of their most successful seasons since the turn of the century in 2015. Puget Sound finished the season with a 6-3 record, and finished third in the Northwest Concerence at 5-2. The Loggers’ five NWC are tied for most in the conference in program history. Puget Sound also secured its first home victory over Pacific Lutheran since 1978.
The 2015 season yielded several Puget Sound records. Quarterback Hans Fortune set single-season records for passing yards and total offense, while Brenn Schon set the new standard for receiving yards in a season. Fortune earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honor, and Schon was named to the D3Football.com National Team of the Week in the final week of the season. Six Loggers earned All-NWC honors in 2015, including two First Team selections.
Thomas led the Loggers to four wins in the 2014 season, marking the program’s best single-season turnaround since the 2004 season when the Loggers went 5-4 after an 0-9 season in 2003. Seven Loggers were named to the All-NWC Second Team in 2014.
Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
Rob Clements rejoined the Puget Sound football coaching staff for the 2014, and he has coached the offensive line for the past three seasons.
Clements returns to Puget Sound after four years at Raymond High School, serving as head coach for the last three. He helped turn around his hometown program, leading the Gulls their first winning season in 10 years as an assistant and giving Raymond its first league title in 19 years. He won back-to-back league titles in 2012 and 2013, and his 2013 Gulls squad finished third in the state. Under Clements, Raymond’s offense averaged 300 rushing yards a game and led the conference in scoring during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Prior to joining the Gulls, Clements began his coaching career at Puget Sound. He coached the Logger running backs from 2006 to 2007 and took over responsibilities for the team’s linebackers and special teams in 2008 and 2009.
Passing Game Coordinator / QBs / Recruiting Coordinator
Taylor Chapatte joined the Puget Sound coaching staff in January 2015 after coaching for three years at his alma mater, Redlands. Chapatte served as Redland’s wide receivers coach as a part-time coach and then as a graduate assistant for two years. He was also the Co-Special Teams Coordinator. Chapatte played for four years as a wide receiver at Redlands, including two years under Puget Sound head coach Jeff Thomas – who was formerly Redlands’ offensive coordinator.
Defensive Coordinator / Safeties Coach
Jeff Housman joined the Puget Sound coaching staff in January 2015 as the outside linebackers coach. He spend the previous nine seasons as the Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Curtis High School in University Place, Wash. During his tenure on the Curtis coaching staff, the team won four Puget Sound League titles, made eight playoff appearances, and posted a 71-27 overall record. In 2009, Housman was named the Washington State District 3 Assistant Coach of the Year. He is married to Daneen Housman and they have two children – Shayli and Adam.
The 2016 season marks Jacob Gottlieb’s third season as the defensive line coach for Puget Sound. Before joing the Loggers in 2014, Gottlieb spent two years as the defensive line coach for Mercer Island High School. Gottlieb played collegiately at Santa Rosa Junior College (2006-08).
Galen Arakawa – Wide Receivers Coach
Jeff Schmidt – Linebackers Coach
David Carskie – Tight Ends Coach
Zak Sauve – Cornerbacks Coach
Mitch Habryle – Kicking & Punting Coach
Ryan Rogers – Running Backs