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May 26, 2021
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Madras High Hires New Athletic Director

Madras, Ore – Madras High School with have a new but familiar face leading the White Buffalo athletic department in the 2021-22 school year. Daniel Barendse has accepted the position. Barendse has been serving as an interim assistant principal for the high school since November 2020.

“It’s definitely a new time now and it has not been normal. I think that’s one thing I bring to the table is having 30 plus years of experience,” Barendse said. “I think it’s going to take a lot of pieces of my wisdom through my experiences to help us navigate through this time and challenges on and off the fields and courts.”

He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position. He boasts 18 years of experience as a head varsity high school basketball coach. In 1993, he led the Tigard Tigers to a state title in 4A, the largest classification in the state at the time. Barendse also has volunteered as a baseball coach for several years.

When not coaching a basketball or baseball team, he also brings long standing experience as both a teacher and administrator. He was the assistant principal and athletic director for the North Clackamas School District in Milwaukie for 14 years. He earned the Oregon Athletic Director’s Association Athletic Director of the year in 2012 at North Clackamas.

Before that, he was a counseling department director for the Hillsboro School District in Hillsboro and a teacher and counselor for the Tigard-Tualatin School District in Tigard. He also served for many years on OSAA’s delegate assembly where he represented the Three Rivers League.

“I have a lot to offer through experience and wisdom but yet I have a lot to learn because each community is different and new,” Barendse said. “Especially with the challenges being in the middle of this pandemic and what that has meant for the schools and the community, but specifically for athletics and participation. I think there is a lot of work to be done.”

Before working for the high school, he was the Cascade Sports Camp Director and Owner from 2014-2020. Unfortunately, he lost the business to the Beachie Creek Fire in September last year.

Barendse will start in his new role as athletic director on July 1.