Now in his fourth season, Locey was named the 10th head coach in Pioneer history in December of 2014. Locey is no stranger to the Northwest Conference, having served as head coach of the Linfield Wildcats from 1996 to 2006. (Media Releases)
With a 40-21 win in 2017 at Pomona-Pitzer, Locey rebuilt the program and stopped a 33-game losing streak, the longest in school history and, at the time, the second-longest active streak in all of NCAA Division III. The Pioneers parlayed the victory with a 24-21 defeat of Willamette two weeks later to claim the first Wagon Wheel traveling trophy since 2000. At the end of the 2017 season, the Pioneers had their first All-Northwest Conference First-Team selection (Andrew Werst) since 2013 and the first non-quarterback to earn the recognition since 2011. Lewis & Clark had its most All-NWC picks since 2013 as well including NWC Freshman of the Year Cameron Chang.
Considered one of the most successful coaches in small college football, Locey has been named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year five times, earning an 84-18 overall record with the Wildcats. Under Locey, the Wildcats won the 2004 NCAA Division III National Championship and made the Division III playoffs six times. Locey guided Linfield to 41 consecutive regular season wins from 2001-05, including a 23-game unbeaten streak in the Northwest Conference. In total, Locey has coached 16 Division III All-Americans.
Over 23 years, Locey helped the Linfield Wildcats to win three national titles and 12 conference championships. In 2005 The Oregonian named Locey one of the state of Oregon’s top 25 most influential sports people. That same year Locey was named the Division III Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.
While at Linfield, Locey was also a full professor in the College of Health and Human Performance, teaching anatomical kinesiology and the principles of neuromuscular conditioning.
After leaving Linfield, Locey returned to his alma mater, Oregon State University, where he spent his first two seasons working with the tight ends. Locey then began working with the Beavers wide receivers and was eventually named assistant head coach.
In 2013 the Beavers promoted Locey to chief of staff, a position in which he was responsible for the coordination of critical off-the-field administrative projects. Some of Locey’s duties included career and job placement for football student-athletes, alumni engagement, fundraising, leadership development, team building, and community relations.
In May 2013 Locey was presented the Virtue First Foundation’s Coach of the Year award for his commitment to building the character of America’s youth.
Locey has coached six Pac-10/12 All-Conference players, four Pac-10/12 Academic Team members, and won two bowl championships.
As a player, Locey won a state championship at Corvallis High School in 1970, with his team finishing the season undefeated. Following high school, Locey earned a football scholarship to Oregon State.
At Oregon State, Locey was named to the Pacific-8 Conference First-Team as a defensive back in 1976, while earning second-team honors in 1975. Locey was twice named OSU’s top student-athlete while winning the outstanding senior award his final season.