Former Pro Athletes Come To Help Out At McNary
November 14, 2016 By:Hunter Watson
By Carson Heldt
Scott Gragg is an Instructional Coach for the McNary High School staff. Gragg grew up in Silverton, where he went to high school, dated and met his wife, ran track, and played golf, football, and basketball. After high school, Gragg attended the University of Montana to get his undergrad in mathematics. Gragg played for the University of Montana’s football team as a lineman. Shortly after college, Gragg became a 2nd round pick as a left tackle in the NFL.
He was drafted in 1995 to the New York Giants. Gragg had many brushes against All American players such as Michael Strahan. “I had to block him everyday in practice” Gragg said when asked about Strahan. In 2000, Scott Gragg was signed to the San Francisco 49ers. Scott became an All American Pro linemen in 2001 while playing for the 49ers. Gragg then was signed to the New York Jets in 2005. Gragg then retired from the NFL. Gragg started 149 games as a tackle out of the 172 games he played.
“I had to block him everyday in practice” Scott Gragg when asked about Strahan.
Throughout his career he even had 7 recovered fumbles. After retiring, Gragg attended George Fox University and got his masters in teaching. His son is a 6ft 11 linemen for the McNary varsity team as a junior, who recently transferred. Gragg was a math teacher for four years and then came to McNary to be close to his Silverton home town with his wife and son; and he enjoys teaching and coaching at McNary High School.
Mr.Caleb Singleton is a Weights and Physical Education teacher for McNary High School. He is a new staff member as well as Gragg. Singleton is also the head coach on the side with KJ McCrae, Nick Phillips, Clem Perez, David Holcomb, the McNary High School Junior Varsity football team for the 2016-2017 season. This is Singleton’s 7th year coaching. He was previously an assistant coach at Western Oregon University, Aloha High School in Beaverton, and McKay High School.
He “enjoys being the head coach and looks forward to coaching other sports as well.” Singleton started playing football when he was in the 5th grade. His father grew up in Texas, where “football is life in the state of Texas,” Singleton said. “I didn’t start to develop a love for the game until my senior year in college. Now that my career is done as a player, I enjoy coaching and passing my many gifts as a player on to the student athletes I coach,” Singleton said. Singleton attended West Salem High School, and played football for Western Oregon University as a defensive back. As a freshman at WOU, Singleton was named Western Oregon University’s MVP against Humboldt State.
As a sophomore, Singleton was selected by the GNAC first team player of the week of October 11th, after a two interception performance against Southern Oregon. After College, Singleton was chosen to play professional football for Poland for the Warsaw Eagles. This is Singleton’s first year teaching high school PE. “I feel like I have a lot to accomplish,” Singleton said, “as a new teacher one of my priorities is to develop positive relationships with my fellow staff members and the student population.”
“The JV has come a long way and continues to show tremendous growth as a team.” Singleton said. Singleton hopes to become a world class teacher and wants to reach his goal in the near future