COOS BAY — David Gould had a stellar career at North Bend High School and later at Oregon State University.
The former football, basketball and track star for the Bulldogs was inducted into North Bend’s hall of fame for his individual achievements.
He has since been inducted into a number of other halls as part of Oregon State’s football program.
Most recently, Gould received the honor in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, along with the rest of the Beavers’ 1962 Liberty Bowl team. The group was honored on Nov. 13.
Also inducted was another person with ties to the South Coast, famed horse jumper Rich Fellers who was born in Coos Bay and competed in the London Olympics this summer.
The others inducted were former University of Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington, former Portland State football coach Mouse Davis and sportswriter Leo Davis.
The 1962 Oregon State team probably is best remembered for its quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker.
The Beavers lost two of their first four games, including a defeat to Washington at Multnomah Stadium in Portland the day after the Columbus Day storm.
But Oregon State won its last seven games, including beating Oregon in the Civil War and then topping Villanova 6-0 in the Liberty Bowl. The only points in the game came on a 99-yard touchdown run by Baker.
Gould played on the defensive line for the Beavers, and was a sophomore on the 1962 team. He didn’t get into any games, instead playing on the scout team against the starting offense in practice, because the team had a veteran at the same position — substitutions were relatively rare then.
“It worked out better in the long run,” he said. “I got another year of education.”
He ended up playing three more years for the Beavers, including with the team that went to the 1965 Rose Bowl. He was a starter for that squad, though he pulled a hamstring between the Civil War and the bowl game and didn’t start the contest, which Michigan won 34-7.
Gould said his replacement wasn’t effective against the Wolverines.
“They kept running the sweep around my side,” he said. “That’s why they won so bad.”
The 1964 team is inducted in Oregon State’s Hall of Fame and Gould’s squads also are in the halls for both bowl games.
Gould said the newest recognition is special.
“It’s really quite an honor,” he said. “That was a great team.”
The 1962 team had two star players — Baker and Vern Burke, as well as outstanding coach Tommy Prothro.
“He was a good coach,” Gould said. “We worked as a team.”
Others on the team included former Oregon head coach Rich Brooks and longtime Roseburg High School coach Thurman Bell.
“Prothro was a good teacher,” Gould said. “That’s where Brooks learned his skills.”
Gould has similar feelings about current Oregon State coach Mike Riley.
“Oregon State has one of the best coaches in the nation in Mike Riley,” he said. “He is one of the best persons, ethically.”
Gould is a season ticket holder in Corvallis and has had a few chances to be around the team.
“When Riley comes into the room, everyone stands,” he said of the players. “They have that much respect for him.”
Gould, who held North Bend’s records in both the shot put and discus when he finished high school, competed in both those events at Oregon State.
He graduated from the school in 1966 and returned to the South Coast to work in the family business, Coos Timber Operators. He lives up Kentuck Inlet with his wife of 49 years, Donna.
Donna Gould saved all the game programs from her husband’s games with the Beavers. He also still has his uniform, though he said he will donate it to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.
Gould gives a lot of credit to Donna for her support and also to his mom, Evelyn.
“She brought me to all my practices,” he said, recalling his days at North Bend.