Let’s Meet the Writers and Editors!

Let’s Meet the Writers and Editors!

Providing content for thousands of Oregon fans is a big job that takes over 60 people working on a part-time volunteer basis. Every day we have seven writers on average, writing, and four editors looking over the articles to see how they can help the writer improve and make certain we have good quality coming out on the site.  Once in awhile something will get past the writer, editor, and Editor-in-Chief, but not often!

We have quite the organized schedules for the writers and editors and the training is ongoing with the rapid turnover that typically occurs in volunteer organizations. We have been proud of all the writers who have gone on to part-time and full time paying jobs in the field after their experience at FishDuck.com. At mininum–they are different people when they move on from FishDuck.com as they have improved their writing skills, their savvy as to how to construct an article, and their media technology skills that will help them for life.

Editors have a special place in my heart…because their skills are so very rare out in the world–and these are people who like to edit! We have a few who are superb writers as well, but the majority focus on editing and coaching the young-guns to better productions for the benefit of our readers. The site could not survive without them, and not only am I grateful for their skills, but I am thankful for the wonderful people that they are. The banter among us is fun, and it is just a nice group of people to be aligned with.

I have been very fortunate to have such high quality writers and editors come and join the site. Let’s meet them below and you can click on their name to go to pages of their work, or click on their picture on the “About Us” page at the top of the site.   Charles Fischer

  • Aaron LewisAaron Lewis

    Aaron Lewis grew up 15 minutes from Autzen Stadium and has been a die-hard Ducks fan his whole life; he painted his chest for an Oregon football game for the first time at age 10. Aaron studied economics at Brigham Young University and after graduation worked as a management consultant for Bain & Co. in Dallas. More recently Aaron joined a mid-cap private equity firm in Salt Lake City. In addition to spending too many hours following the Ducks and college football more broadly, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls, cycling, hiking, and following college basketball and the NBA.

    Abbie -The FishDuck.com MascotAbbie -The FishDuck.com Mascot

    Abbie is the official mascot of FishDuck.com as she has entertained thousands in her appearances in the instructional videos of the Oregon Offense and Defense in the FishTank Video Archive. She has come to love so many of the staff that come to visit.

    Andy FieldAndy Field

    Growing up in sunny Singapore — far from any television showing a Pac-12 match — Andy Tsubasa Field would strut around sporting the Oregon Duck yellow and green, which his University of Oregon alumni cousins gave him.

    Now a senior studying journalism and political science at the UO, Andy cries out his favorite letter “O” and dances wildly to the Isley Brothers at Autzen Stadium. When he isn’t editing for FishDuck.com, he reports on city politics for the Daily Emerald. Andy has also interned for the Japan Times in Tokyo, the Woodlands Online in Houston and reported on soccer in Accra.

    Andy MuellerAndy Mueller

    Andy is a relatively recent convert to Ducks fandom, having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago. He moved to Eugene in 2013 to pursue an MA in English at UO and has been a Ducks fan ever since. For the past two years, he taught composition classes, including a few notable Duck athletes, at the University of Oregon. Now back in his hometown of Chicago, he is pursuing a career as a copy writer and editor while cheering on the Ducks each Saturday at alumni watch parties downtown.

    Bob RickertBob Rickert

    A native Oregonian, Bob's spent 16 years covering Duck football and basketball for AOL Fanhouse, OregonLive and Rivals.com. He's also hosted a sports talk show on ESPN Radio and led marketing for the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

    Brent PenningtonBrent Pennington

    Born in Eugene, Brent Pennington grew up along the Siuslaw river in western Lane county competing in four Coast League sports. He attended his first Ducks football game in 1960, and was inside Autzen stadium for its opening game in '70. Brent attended the UO College of Business Administration from 1969-1975 interrupted by U.S. Army service. He has traveled much of the world in the Lotteries and Gaming industry.

    Brian BeneventiBrian Beneventi

    Brian Beneventi is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in English. He hails from Lawrence, Kansas, but moved to Eugene to experience the thrills of the Pacific Northwest. Brian aspires to be a published author of fiction novels and memoirs and is currently on the FishDuck staff as an editor. He loves reading, writing, quoting movies, and experiencing nature and new words.

    Brian LibbyBrian Libby

    Brian Libby is a writer and photographer living in Portland. A life-long Ducks football fanatic who first visited Autzen Stadium at age eight, he is the author of two histories of UO football, "Tales From the Oregon Ducks Sideline" and "The University of Oregon Football Vault." When not delving into all things Ducks, Brian works as a freelance journalist covering design, film and visual art for publications like The New York Times, Architect, and Dwell, among others.

    Bruce VeldhuisenBruce Veldhuisen

    Bruce is a lifelong Duck fan, and at his age that means he has seen both the recent highs and the not-so-recent lows. A lifelong entrepreneur, he has spent the last 25 years in SE Asia after completing his MBA at Portland State, but still manages to get back to Oregon for at least one or two games per year.

    Coach Cameron PettusCoach Cameron Pettus

    Coach Pettus (Football Analyst) is the head coach and offensive coordinator of the Belleville West Maroons from Belleville, IL. He is a graduate of Millikin University and has coached previously at McKendree University and Paulding County High School. Coach Pettus' goal is is to inspire his players to be successful by building the skills of hard work, dedication and strong character. He enjoys working the grind, practicing on the grass and building a new team each year. You can follow him on twitter @cameronpettus.

    Coach Eric BolesCoach Eric Boles

    Eric Boles was born and raised in Central Ohio, 25 minutes outside of the capital of Columbus. He was raised in a University of Michigan sports household, but at a young age, converted over to the Oregon Ducks. Eric has a degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and had started a second degree in Middle Childhood Education. He is also the author of one, soon to be more, children's book.

    Eric had served as an assistant wide receivers coach for the Central Ohio Technical College football program. Now he assists with the football camp provided by his local YMCA's day camp.

    Coach Jeremy McGuireCoach Jeremy McGuire

    Jeremy has been employed in Educational Administration since 2012. As a former high school football coach in central Kentucky, Jeremy has studied the Ducks multiple attack offense. In his tenure as football coach he has had the opportunity to coach in 5 State Championships, winning 3. As the high school game continued to change, Jeremy began to study the Ducks style of play beginning in 2007.

    With a passion for Offensive play Jeremy used some of what he learned to implement a similar style of offense. As a former college quarterback and over 20 years of coaching experience he is excited to provide football analysis with the FishDuck team.

    Coach John EdgeCoach John Edge

    John Edge has been the Head Football Coach at Owensboro Catholic High School in Owensboro, Kentucky since 2004. During his tenure at Owensboro Catholic they have reached the state championship game three times. In 2000, Edge served as the Defensive Back coach at Owensboro High School, where he coached Justin Miller, Pro Bowl Kick Returner and the NFL's fastest man, in 2007.

    Edge played college ball at Murray State University from 1995-1997 before transferring to Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1998-1999. While at Murray State, the Racers won two OVC titles and were the No. 1 defense in 1995. While at KWC, Edge moved to Linebacker. The Panthers had a 7-4 record.

    Coach Ken WoodyCoach Ken Woody

    “I learned football working under many great coaches, among them Len Casanova, Jerry Frei, John Robinson, Bruce Snyder, George Seifert,and Ron Stratten at the University of Oregon, Jim Owens at the University of Washington and Jim Walden at Washington State University. Most of my coaching experience was on the offensive side of the ball with quarterbacks, receivers and kickers although as a head coach I coached defensive backs, linebackers and offensive line.

    I achieved my first goal of being the youngest head coach in college football at the age of 26 and throughout my career in coaching and outside of it, as a journalist and broadcaster, have experienced how exciting and gratifying it is teaching the game to others."

    Coach MorrisCoach Morris

    Coach Mike Morris spent 30 years coaching at seven different high schools throughout Southern California. He coached many players who went on to Pac-12 programs including Oregon, such as Saladin McCullough. He is a writer, Football analyst and a good friend of the Principal of the site.

    Coach Ruskin FiegenbaumCoach Ruskin Fiegenbaum

    Ruskin has been following the Ducks since the '94 Rose Bowl. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2007 and has been coaching football in the Portland-Metro area since 2008.

    Coach Tom KasparCoach Tom Kaspar

    Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Coach Kaspar coached at Marist High School in Eugene for twelve years and later for eleven years at Kentwood High School near Seattle. Tom received his MBA from the University of Oregon in 1969.

    He is a retired chief executive and management consultant who today lives in Vancouver, WA and coaches at Camas High School. He wishes to offer encouragement and insight to coaches in their leadership role and assistance to fans.

    Coach Tony DeMeoCoach Tony DeMeo

    Tony DeMeo (Football Analyst) has 25 years experience as a head college football coach, racking up an overall record of 137-108-4. Coach DeMeo recently retired after a six year stretch as the head coach of the University of Charleston, following previous stints at Washburn University, Mercyhurst College, and Iona College. Tony Demeo also spent time as an assistant coach with Richmond, Murray State, Temple, UMass, Delaware, Penn, and Pace University. He has been named Coach of the Year four times, and was elected into the Iona College Hall of Fame in 1997 as a player and coach. He will also be inducted in the Mercyhurst University Hall of Fame in June of 2017 as a coach.

    Coach Demeo's "Triple Gun" offense has set numerous records at multiple schools, and he is an expert on spread offenses, having written numerous books and creating tutorial DVDs on the topic, and is a popular speaker at coaching clinics.
    Visit http://tonydemeo.com/ for more information.

    Cody LonningCody Lonning

    Cody inherited all his sports allegiances from his grandfather, a long-time Eugene resident. Even though Cody graduated from law school at Berkeley, he remains a staunch Oregon fan. When he isn't watching the Ducks, Cody is hiking, engaged in various home-improvement projects, or writing about politics. Cody grew up farming hay and wheat in Eastern Washington. Now, he practices law.

    Curtis PetersonCurtis Peterson

    Curtis Peterson started coaching football in 2005 and he is the founder of Strong Football. He is currently a football coaching consultant for a few teams in the midwest. Coach Peterson welcomes your feedback, please follow him on Twitter at @CoachCP.

    D. Louis ThorntonD. Louis Thornton

    D. Louis Thornton AKA DonealDuck

    I am the son of a Coach and was raised from five years old in football locker rooms in the state of Oregon with what was to me at the time huge male genitalia directly at eye level.

    Started co-scouting high school and college games at the ripe old age of eight and learned how to tackle ‘the right way’ by 5th grade; football position, head up, face-mask in chest, drive up and through ball carrier’s chin!

    Led every team played for in tackles despite always being smallest on team, although at 5 foot 8 inch, and 150 pounds, with a 4.99 40 yard dash--attracted no college interest. Started a family and became ‘dad’ at 25, (Body reached ‘musculature puberty’ about same time) and decided to be a ‘dad at home’ instead of an absentee football father like mine growing up. (Single father raising 4, 3, 2, 1 kids for a decade) I sometimes regret about not playing the game further, but brain usually says otherwise due to CTE added from years ramming head against boys and men bigger and stronger every day.

    Danny HarrisDanny Harris

    Danny Harris still remembers all the sights, sounds, and smells of MacArthur Court on March 12, 1994. It was his first Ducks basketball game. He has been a die-hard fan ever since and still bleeds duck green. He grew up in Springfield, Oregon and now resides in Winchester, Virginia with his beautiful wife. He has coached and kept stats for basketball teams, but his passion is writing. He also enjoys the great outdoors and is a bit of a movie buff.

    Dano DunnDano Dunn

    Dano is of pioneer stock - on his mother's side - born a coastie, raised a coastie. He earned his BBA from the University of Oregon in 1970. As a freshman in 1967, he walked on to the Frosh baseball squad and earned his coveted letter playing alongside future Duck greats such as Jim Van Wyck, John Dye and Colby Howe.

    He is a published author and has served on the editorial staff of two regional magazines. After spending more than 20 years in the construction business, Dano settled back on the beautiful Oregon coast. He lived in Florence for 15 years before he made his final move - back to Reedsport - in 2015.

    Darren PerkinsDarren Perkins

    Darren Perkins is a sales professional and 1997 Oregon graduate. After finishing school, he escaped the rain and moved to sunny Southern California where he studied screenwriting for two years at UCLA. Darren grew up in Eugene and in 1980, at the tender age of five, he attended his first Oregon football game. His lasting memory from that experience was an enthusiastic Don Essig announcing to the crowd: “Reggie Ogburn, completes a pass to… Reggie Ogburn.” Captivated by such a thrilling play, Darren’s been hooked on Oregon football ever since. Currently living in Spokane, Darren enjoys flaunting his yellow and green superiority complex over friends and family in Cougar country.

    David MillerDavid Miller

    David, a father of two young Oregon fans, has been a Duck all his life after growing up in Eugene. Although not UO Alumni, his wife was a Journalism major there, and he has stayed true to his Ducks wherever life has taken him. In addition to watching the Ducks each Saturday with up to 200 fans at the Irish Channel in Washington, D.C., he has enjoyed playing tackle football with friends each fall for 25 consecutive years, regularly implementing the latest Oregon offensive wrinkle to stymie defenses. David has been writing short stories all of his adult life for fun and is excited to be writing about the Ducks on Fishduck.com.

    Evan MarkelEvan Markel

    Evan is a native Oregonian who grew up in the historic town of Oakland, once known as the Turkey capital of America. Evan attended the University of Oregon and is a Lundquist College of Business alumnus, and he has a Masters in Statistics and a PhD in Natural Resource Economics from University of Tennessee

    While at Oregon he attended nearly every home football game and fostered his love for all things Oregon Duck. He now works for Ernst & Young amid the Huskies in downtown Seattle, and loves using his skills to study his beloved Ducks.

    FishDuck StaffFishDuck Staff

    These are articles where the writer just had a few, or for some reason did not want their name on it any longer--so we assigned it to "staff." We are grateful to all the writers who contributed to the site through these articles.

    Gary LillardGary Lillard

    My name is Gary Lillard. (Editor) My working career has required me to do considerable writing of a technical nature as well as reviewing written reports from others. That and a stint as an English teacher in my younger years have given me an appreciation for clear and informative writing, a big assist in my editing for Fishduck. My love affair with the Oregon Ducks began in the early 1970's and has grown ever stronger as they have worked themselves into the elite of college football. I am always excited at the prospect of increasing others' knowledge and enthusiasm for our Oregon Ducks!

    Jack WrightJack Wright

    Jack rules the western end of Chesapeake Circle, laying waste to all who disobey. He must be honored, fed and cuddled on demand. Do not cross him!

    Jason FowlerJason Fowler

    Jason, born and raised in central Oregon, first noticed college football when his older brother attended the University of Oregon. Jason studied English at Southern Oregon University and enjoyed cheering for the school’s team, but longed for that major college game-day experience. That desire slowly blossomed into a fanatical passion for the national feel of college football, especially defending the Pac-12 while challenging conferences like the SEC to step up. He has spent five years expounding on the differences between the two conferences on his blog, buzzbrother2-pac10football.blogspot.com, set up solely for that purpose. Following the Ducks' recruiting progress in the off-season has made college football a year-round hobby for him. He now resides in Spokane, Washington with his incredibly patient, non-football-fan wife and three children, and works as an MRI Technologist. He can be reached at buzzbrother2@msn.com.

    Jay GarnettJay Garnett

    Jay is a transplant to Duck Nation. He grew up in southern Maine, tragically knowing nothing of Oregon football prior to the 2007 college football season, when Dennis Dixon willed the Ducks into the national consciousness before tearing his ACL late in the year. Since then, the Ducks have consumed every Saturday from August to February. Jay graduated from the U of O with a degree in Journalism in the spring of 2014. Perhaps more impressively, he didn't miss a single game in Autzen stadium during his four years in Eugene.

    Jerry ThompsonJerry Thompson

    Thompson is the owner and editor of Mighty Oregon Magazine and is the writer/producer of the recently released 7-hour, 4-DVD set "Mighty Oregon" which can be ordered at modvd.com He earned an M.A. in Communications with an emphasis on documentary film. "Mighty Oregon" was 25 years in the making and chronicles through game film highlights and interviews the whole history of Oregon Ducks Football (1894-2012). Film footage begins with the 1917 Rose Bowl win over Penn and covers everything through the 2012 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Jerry was a UO football student manager in 1969 and 1970.

    Jim HanksJim Hanks

    Jim Hanks is transitioning from a semi-retired to nearly retired engineer. He is one of the very few engineers that actually was an undergrad at the U of O. He is a long -time duck fan, having only missed seven home games in 40 seasons.

    He lives in Eugene, and has been married to his wonderful wife, Chris, for over 50 years. They have two children, both U of O graduates, five grandchildren, one a U of O grad, and one currently enrolled as a senior. Of the remaining three, one is a junior in high school, one is a senior at Minot State, and one graduated from Loyola Marymount.

    Joe KearnsJoe Kearns

    Joe Kearns is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in Economics. He intends to pursue a career in the banking and financial services industries, but is also a lifelong diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan who enjoys analyzing college and pro football film as a hobby. Along with being a fan, Joe's football knowledge comes from his days as a center, defensive tackle, and long snapper for his high school in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Though he is a Nittany Lion, he has taken a great interest in the Oregon football team since Chip Kelly became the Eagles head coach. He loves pancakes ( and not just the breakfast food).

    Jon JosephJon Joseph

    Jon Joseph grew up in Boston, Massachusetts but has been blessed to have lived long enough in the west to have exorcised all east coast bias. He played football in college and has passionately followed the game for seven decades. A retired corporate attorney Jon has lectured across the country and published numerous articles on banking and gaming law. Now resident in central Oregon Jon follows college football across the nation with a focus on the Conference of Champions and the Ducks.

    Junnelle HogenJunnelle Hogen

    When it comes to writing, Junnelle Hogen (Editor) likes it – in style. This college sophomore was introduced to The Elements of Style early on, which started a lifelong journey into editing. Junnelle is assistant editor for the newspaper at Central Oregon Community College, and has assisted with book series editing. She also enjoys writing and broadcasting. Junnelle is an editorial intern at Central Oregon Magazine, and works part-time for both KBND and KNLR. Although Junnelle lives in sunny Central Oregon, she is a Duck at heart, and plans to transfer to the University of Oregon for journalism.

    Justin SamplesJustin Samples

    Justin Samples is a former player and long time scheme and strategy junky. Justin owns and manages a wealth management practice with offices throughout the northwest.

    Kellen GarrettKellen Garrett

    As a newborn baby Kellen completed the late 1980s version of the Oregon Trail with his family, leaving the humid Midwest behind for the fertile, green (and yellow) Pacific Northwest. Upon his arrival there was a natural gravitation to the Ducks. Kellen returned to his roots for college and after a few days in Illinois realized he had made a terrible mistake. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2009 with a degree in Communications. He went on to spend the next six years in Texas before returning to the Promised Land. Kellen is now a high school tennis coach at his alma mater and calls Central Oregon home. In his free time Kellen can be found running in the Cascade Mountains with his red golden retriever.

    Ken HulseKen Hulse

    Ken Hulse is a level-headed Duck fan, who is a season ticket holder who loves attending games with his family and friends.

    Ken is a business executive and has managed and directed personnel, projects, initiatives and divisions of companies in many different industries and for varying organizations.

    Ken graduated from Park University with a Masters of Business Administration. With his wife and five children, Ken enjoys the outdoors and enjoying many of the University of Oregon’s sporting events.

    Kim HastingsKim Hastings

    Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA.

    He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as "TacomaDuck."

    Levi SteierLevi Steier

    Levi Steier, (Football Analyst) after a collegiate playing career cut short by injuries, began his coaching career as a student assistant at Dakota State University. Since then he has coached primarily at the high school level. During this time he has been a head coach and has coordinated all three phases of the game. He is currently the owner of a web design business and the publisher at OptionFootball.net where he discusses many aspects of football, but regularly focuses on option oriented football topics. Coach Steier enjoys talking football and encourages anyone who would like to discuss the game or find more information to visit his site. You can follow Levi on twitter @OptionFootball, on his Facebook page and on Google+.

    Marc BurtonMarc Burton

    Marc is a proud graduate of the Lundquist School of Business, U of O class of 1978 and has been following all things green and yellow for over 40 years. An Encore Fellow and management consultant for non-profit organizations, Marc is a long time Bay area resident who loves speaking Duck with anyone and everyone. You’ll also find him surfing the breaks along the Central California Coast or exploring the Sierra’s with a backpack and a fly rod. And while the Bay Area is home he’ll gladly admit that a part of him has never left Eugene.

    Mark FloresMark Flores

    Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media.

    Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback.

    Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!"

    Twitter: @MarkDFlores

    Mark WeinrottMark Weinrott

    A retired Psychologist recently relocated to Eugene, Mark Weinrott adopted the Ducks in 1974. He played soccer in college, coached soccer at South Eugene High School, served as a statistical consultant to four National Hockey League teams and officiated boys/men's lacrosse for seven years. He is an avid Oregon football and basketball fan, season ticket holder and donor.

    Matt BryantMatt Bryant

    Matt grew up in Oregon, graduated UO in 1998, and tried to impress a young lady (not from Oregon) by going to law a fancy law school on the East Coast. He did pretty well in law school but never saw the young lady again. Matt is now a lawyer in New York where he bores everyone around him with tales of how much better life can be in the Pacific NW usually carrying on about the biking, the coast, the salmon, the complete lack of humidity, Reubens from The Goose Hollow Inn, and Ducks football.

    When Matt is not litigating high-stakes, important, commercial disputes for important people, arguing important points, or writing important things, he is likely either reading, on his bike, or (from late August through February) watching football. He lives with his family on North Shore of Long Island because the coast overlooking the Sound almost has a real shoreline but still can’t hold a candle to Oregon’s coast.

    Michael BurgwinMichael Burgwin

    A native Left Coaster with roots in Caveman land, Michael grew up in the East Bay Area before highschooling in the Tahoe-Reno area. He was an alpine racer, soccer defenseman, small, slow running back, and curve-challenged hitter at Southern Oregon College where he became a Ducks fan, began writing and survived the 60s with a liberal arts degree.

    Among his many career credits: freelance sports reporting, stringing for a regional daily, and eventually full-time reportijng for a small town weekly in northwestern Washington, all before beginning a 6-year career as a recreation programmer. He coached junior high track, basketball, softball and football before focusing entirely on high school basketball for five years.

    Since midlife he has been all over the place, recently landing in Enterprise, Oregon, where he is retired and writes short fiction in full view of the majestic Wallowa Mountains.

    Mike KellyMike Kelly

    The NFL draft has always fascinated me in that I find it interesting how GM’s build their teams, and I joined eDuck (15 years ago) and became interested in the college & high school evaluations. I have doing it on that website for at least ten years.

    I played high school ball at Cottage Grove in the early ‘70’s, and actually played at Autzen a few times back when they let the local high schools play there on Friday nights. (I also ran track at Hayward field too) I’m a life-long Duck fan and Green Bay Packers fan (and Shareholder).

    Mike MerrellMike Merrell

    Mike (Editor-in-Chief) is a 1970 graduate of the University of Oregon where he attended the Honors College and received all-conference honors as a swimmer. After college, Mike ran for the Oregon Track Club and narrowly missed qualifying for the US Olympic Trials in the marathon. He continues his involvement in sports with near-daily swimming or running workouts, occasional masters swim competition (where he has received two Top-10 World rankings), providing volunteer coaching to local triathletes and helping out with FishDuck.com.

    Mike lives on 28 acres in the forest near Sandpoint, Idaho, where he has served as a certified public accountant for most of his working career. His current night job is writing novels about Abby Westminster, the only known illegitimate daughter of Britain's finest secret agent who has to bring down arch-villains plotting dastardly deeds. And, yes, Abby is also a DUCK!

    Mike OstromMike Ostrom

    Mike Ostrom is a 1989 Oregon Graduate (Journalism Major) He worked on air as the Sports Director for a CBS affiliate for six years and has free lanced for ESPN, Fox and other media entities. Mike now resides in Dallas, TX. He and his wife play zone defense with their five kids ages 16, 12, 11, 11 and 11. Mike’s full time job is in the Google/Bing advertising space. His family runs a small ministry that provides soccer balls for orphans and underprivileged kids around the world.

    Natalie LiebhaberNatalie Liebhaber

    Natalie (Editor) studied at Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), but her sports allegiance lies with Ohio State and Oregon. She works as a freelance project manager, writer and editor outside her regular day job in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FishDuck.com, Natalie served as managing editor for an open-wheel racing news website. Natalie and her husband John reside in Bozeman, MT with their hound dog, Lou and cattle dog, Zeke - who both love ducks.

    Nathan RoholtNathan Roholt

    Nathan Roholt is a senior writer and managing editor emeritus for FishDuck. Follow him on Twitter @nathanroholt. Send questions/feedback/hatemail to nroholtfd@gmail.com.

    Norm HightowerNorm Hightower

    Norm Hightower is a businessman, sports enthusiast, avid outdoorsman, and lifelong Ducks fan that resides in the State of Oregon. He has a wealth of sports knowledge and experience when it comes to football and many other outdoor sports. He's also a managing partner, writer and editor for Gridiron Media Group LLC and Ramstalk.net.

    Randal CookRandal Cook

    Randal Cook and his wife of 47 years live in Beaverton Oregon. Both enjoy “glamping” in Oregon and spending more time on hobbies. Randal works full time as an IT Business Consultant for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.

    Randal is a good writer, he is tech savvy and enjoys helping others achieve their goals. His corporate experience spans four decades in a variety of manufacturing management and IT technical positions. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a focus in Industrial Psychology and Science.

    Randal has been a Duck fan since 1980, through ups and downs, and learns most of his football from sites like FishDuck.com!

    Spencer ThomasSpencer Thomas

    Spencer (Editor and Writer) grew up in Portland, Oregon as a fan of all things green and yellow. He became a byline junkie while working as a freelance sports journalist while attending college. Spencer attended Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee, and served on the editorial board of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, one of the top ten international law journals in the world. He is thrilled to be a part of FishDuck, where he can combine his passion for writing and editing with his passion for Oregon athletics. Spencer currently lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, where he monitors the Ducks from afar and plots (unsuccessfully) to destroy the SEC from the inside.

    Steven SmithSteven Smith

    Steve Smith was born and raised in Eugene, and has been attending games since 1957, and is a long time season ticket holder. He is an avid student of Duck football and basketball and is a retired Dentist currently living in Central Oregon. He loves his family, Ducks, golf, Toastmasters, his church community and this site.

    Steven WrightSteven Wright

    Like many people, Steven (Technical Editor) started out as a child. Growing up in Oregon on a farm with five siblings, competition came looking for him and he played just about any sport that involved a ball or running. Naturally, he became a supporter of the teams of the Oregon schools, particularly the Oregon Ducks. After attending college in Sacramento, CA for a BS in Accounting and an MBA, he spent 30 years working as a financial professional, primarily as a Controller and consulting work. He currently lives in Stockton, CA and pays homage to the Ducks and his cat, Jack.

    Tony HooluluTony Hoolulu

    Aloha, My name is Tony Hoolulu, (Football Analyst) and I am from Kailua Hawaii on the eastside of Oahu. I have coached football at Kailua high School for the past 21 years, as in a number of roles including the most recent as Offensive coordinator. I was also the Head Track coach and coached basketball for many years as well.

    I now have my own girls basketball club, giving back time to my family and very much enjoy doing so but really miss the competitive preparation for high school sports. FishDuck.com has helped me and players in understanding what the DUCK way is all about. I have 3 beautiful daughters Kiani, Kaira, Kalia, and a lovely wife Kim.

    Tyler RobinsonTyler Robinson

    Tyler graduated from the University of Oregon's journalism program back in the spring of 2010. Tyler has loved the Ducks since the days of his youth, and that love has only grown as he's gotten older. Outside of Oregon football Tyler dives deep into Major League Baseball every year, and considers himself to be a baseball historian of sorts. He also has a Black Labrador named "Page" after Jimmy Page of the mighty Led Zeppelin. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, golfing, and snowboarding even if his skills are questionable at best in those areas.

    Will EvansWill Evans

    Will was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University in 1987. Growing up the youngest of 10 kids in a sports minded family, Will has had sports on his mind since he was given a football, basketball, and baseball when he was 2 years old.

    After moving to the Vancouver/Portland area in 1992 with his wife and children, Will was introduced to the Ducks and has been a die hard fan behind the scenes for the last 25 years. Will is looking forward to helping FishDuck and waiting for the day we win the Natty.