Coaches of Lincoln County: Joseph R. Chavez

Joseph R. Chavez is the head wrestling coach for the Waldport Irish. His passion for the sport and giving back to the students is a big reason for his success. (Photo courtesy of Joseph R. Chavez)

Full Name:

Joseph R. Chavez

 Place of Birth:

Modesto, Calif.


Case aid for the Child Protective Service Unit


My day job I support my unit in many ways to keep families and children safe

What got you into this line of work?

I wanted to teach or do something to help guide children the way coaches and teachers did for me, to set a foundation for me to be a successful individual, father, husband and coach.  


Some Junior College

First Coaching Job:

After my military service, I returned to my hometown of Riverbank, Calif., to help out my alma mater and fell into a rebuilding of the youth program that began wrestling in. 

What did you learn from it?

It was just an eye opener to what it takes to coach and teach others your knowledge and the approach of the technical side of the sport.


My wife, Janelle, of almost 19 years, four children Joseph, Alex, Alyssa, and Kaleb.  One granddaughter, Melanie.

Road to Lincoln County:

I moved from Modesto, Calif., in the late summer of 2009 to relocate, had family here prior to moving. Came to visit and planned on the way home of when were coming back. 


I am a youth leader and member of Lighthouse Independent Baptist Church

Favorite Food:


Favorite Movie:

Depends on the moment, since it’s wrestling season, Vision Quest

Favorite Artist or Band:

Hard to answer, right now, Tyler Childers

Favorite Book or Author:

Wild at Heart

 Favorite Sports Team(s):

Wrestling is my favorite sport, but I’m a Raiders and Dodgers fan

Hobbies/Leisurely Pursuits:

 My family, cooking or grilling, and watching my kids grow up in hopes of being successful and happy people.

 How Would You Describe Yourself?

Either you love me, hate me, or maybe a little of both.I’m just honest and try not to be judgmental. 

What is Something Most People Don’t Know About You?

I didn’t win a single match my freshman year.

 What is Your Favorite Thing about coaching in Waldport/Lincoln County?

I love the sport, I want to pass on what it has done in my life. I want to help share and show what the title of being a wrestler is all about. This sport is life, and our young kids need to learn how to fail and be successful through the challenges life is going to give them. These kids will be future mommies, daddies, first responders, military service men and women, teachers, nurses, forestry workers, pastors, husbands and wives. 

We need to teach them how to be successful through this great sport.  So, our coaching staff really push to be the breed apart. We hope you are pursuing to be a good wrestler, but we expect you to be a good person in the classroom, home and in our community.  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to rebuild and grow the program here in Waldport, and I am blessed with a great group of wrestlers and coaching staff.  There’s some fantastic talent here in our own backyard, some great wrestling. The coaches and wrestlers around this county are like family. It’s a blessing.   






Video News
More In Sports