PORTLAND -- After sending student athletes onto the field for decades, Wilson High School baseball coach Mike Clopton had his turn in the spotlight Monday night.
Clopton has coached 1,000 games over 31 years. He’s brought home two state titles and nine league championships, including the last six straight.
Now he’s getting the recognition many in the school have long known he deserves, with the baseball diamond being named for him.
“Nobody deserves to have this field named for him more than Mike Clopton,” said longtime friend Dwight Jaynes, now a Comcast SportsNet host. “This is the house that Mike Clopton built.”
And Clopton built the Trojan baseball program into a state power. Now, for as long as they play baseball at Wilson High, they’ll play on a field bearing his name.
“The players always came first with him, and that's what's made him so special, and continues to make him special,” Jaynes said.
Clopton said nobody will even remember what Monday night’s pageantry was all about in 15 years.
But anyone who plays baseball at Wilson will certainly know his name.
KGW Sports Reporter Michael Berk contributed to this report.