Coaches of Lincoln County: Peter Ellingsen

Newport boys basketball head coach Peter Ellingsen is pictured with his wife, Ali Spangler, at an Oregon State Beavers football game in Corvallis. (Photo courtesy of Peter Ellingsen)

Head Coach Newport boys basketball

Full Name: 

Peter Ellingsen


Place of Birth:

Salisbury, N.C.



 High School Math Teacher



 I teach Algebra 1, IB Math Studies and a Freshmen AVID class at Newport High School.


What got you into this line of work?

I come from a family of educators. My dad is a professor of theology. My mother was a French teacher. My twin sister is a high school social studies teacher, and my older brother is a middle school administrator.  



 B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Valparaiso University and M.S. in Mathematics Education from Oregon State University.


First Coaching Job:  

My first coaching job was a girls’ JV head coach/assistant varsity coach for Chiloquin High School.


What did you learn from it?

I gained a greater understanding of the positive impact that a coach can have on their athletes lives, and the ins and outs of coaching at a small school. 



 I am happily married to my best friend, Ali Spangler, and dog parents to Yogi, our German Shorthaired Pointer. 


Road to Lincoln County:

I first came to Oregon and taught at Chiloquin High School for three years for the Klamath County School District. My wife grew up in Newport, and her family still lives in the area.  When a job opportunity opened up in Lincoln County, we decided to move to the coast.



I am a member of the Newport Boosters, as well as on the Newport Storm Board.


Favorite Food:

Mac and Cheese


Favorite Movie:

Shawshank Redemption or any Star Wars


Favorite Artist or Band:

Eminem, Lil Wayne and Drake


Favorite Book or Author:  

Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn by Larry Colton


Favorite Sports Team(s): 

Atlanta Hawks, Duke Blue Devils, Alabama Crimson Tide football


Hobbies/Leisurely Pursuits:

 Golfing and fly fishing


How Would You Describe Yourself?

I would describe myself as friendly, outgoing and caring.


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

When I was in college, I was a host of a television show on a college access channel.


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

 I really enjoy the community support and the amazing staff and students that I get to work with every day.  


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