Veteran coach selected to lead Dragons

Jim Boutin was the unanimous choice of the interview team.

DALLAS -- Veteran college coach Jim Boutin has been named as the new leader for the Dallas boys basketball program.

Boutin's extensive resume includes stops at Lane Community College, Idaho State University, Western Oregon University and Willamette University.

"He's very inspiring," Dallas athletic director Tim Larson said of Boutin. "After getting done talking with him, I was ready to go out and play. The man knows what he's doing. The laundry-list of what he's done building programs is amazing."

Boutin was out of the country on vacation and was not available to comment for this article.

Boutin replaces Rory Lassetter, who coached the boys team for three seasons.

The Dragons finished 12-14 last season, finishing with a double-digit win total for the first time in recent memory. But Dallas also had to forfeit two Mid-Willamette Conference contests because it violated Oregon School Activities Association rules while on a trip to Germany during the holidays.

Boutin played basketball at Lewis and Clark College and was drafted by the NBA's New York Knicks in 1964.

Boutin was one of 17 applicants for the position and one of eight who was interviewed. The interview team included Larson, two head coaches, two varsity basketball players, one freshman basketball player, an assistant principal and two community members.

Boutin was the unanimous choice of the interview team.

Some people might think Boutin's age is an issue, but Larson is not one of them.

"He actually brought that up himself," Larson said. "He said that some people might think he's too old. He said the other day he played two rounds of golf and then went home and mowed and edged his entire lawn. He said any thought of him being too old is ridiculous.

"You don't just see his passion. You feel his passion when you talk to him."


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