Year in Review: Legendary Camas soccer coach calls it a career

Team captains express their love of playing for Roland Minder

A good high school coach will lead a team to victories, maybe a few league championships, or even a state title along the way.

A great high school coach will teach athletes about life, will provide a blueprint for success outside of sports.

A legendary coach does it all.

As we say goodbye to 2018, we salute Roland Minder, longtime soccer coach at Camas High School.

Camas soccer coach Roland Minder says goodbye to his players after the final game of the season, the Class 4A state championship match. Minder won five state championships in a total of 38 seasons as the boys and girls soccer coach at Camas. He stepped down in 2018. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin
Camas soccer coach Roland Minder says goodbye to his players after the final game of the season, the Class 4A state championship match. Minder won five state championships in a total of 38 seasons as the boys and girls soccer coach at Camas. He stepped down in 2018. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin

He stepped away from the boys program after the spring of 2017 but continued as the girls head coach for two more seasons.

This past fall, the Papermakers went back to the final four for the fourth consecutive year.

Then Minder called it a coaching career.

In 15 seasons as the girls coach, Minder compiled a 196-24-20 record to go with two state championships. (He was the boys coach for 23 years, by the way, going 296-45-26 with three state titles.)

Those are just numbers.

Two of the the team’s captains from his final season, Maddie Kemp and Justine Pauly, provide these heartfelt words.

“When I first came to the summer trainings as a freshman, I was super intimidated by Minder,” Pauly said. “He is stern and (has a) powerful voice, and it truly took me until junior year for me to realize he is actually a teddy bear inside.”

Camas soccer coach Roland Minder was more to a coach to the players. He was a strong role model who cared about so much more than the sport, according to his players. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin
Camas soccer coach Roland Minder was more to a coach to the players. He was a strong role model who cared about so much more than the sport, according to his players. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin

Pauly noted how patient Minder could be, taking the time to ensure the player had time to perfect a technique.

“Thank you Minder for teaching me lessons and values I can take into the real world. Not everyone gets to be coached by someone like Minder in their life, and I am grateful I was able to be coached by him.

“I will always remember Minder as the great coach and influencer he was. Just like he said, we won’t remember our losses, but rather all the great memories together, and, of course, the wins.”

Justine Pauly, one of the team captains this past fall for the Camas Papermakers, said she was intimidated by coach Roland Minder at first. She learned he was a “teddy bear” on the inside. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin
Justine Pauly, one of the team captains this past fall for the Camas Papermakers, said she was intimidated by coach Roland Minder at first. She learned he was a “teddy bear” on the inside. Photo courtesy Kris Cavin

Kemp said Minder will always be her hero for making soccer a place the players could have fun and still get in the proper training to become elite.

She noted some of Minder’s quotes.

“Fifteen minutes early is on time and on time is late.”

“Is this gonna get me fired?”

How long is the team going to run?

“Until I get tired,” Minder would say.

“I can’t thank you enough for all the laughs … confusion, fun, tiring, unforgettable times we had that I will cherish forever,” Kemp said. “My journey, Minder, would be incomplete without you, and I am thankful for what you have done for me personally.

“I promise the Minder legacy will last forever at Camas.”

Maddie Kemp thanked coach Roland Minder for making her journey so special. She said it was an honor to play in his final season. Photo by Mike Schultz
Maddie Kemp thanked coach Roland Minder for making her journey so special. She said it was an honor to play in his final season. Photo by Mike Schultz

Kemp, Pauly, Elaina DeMerritt, Callie Rheaume, Sierra Scordino, Carla Jooste, Jenna Efraimson, and Jazzlynn Paulson were the seniors who get to say they played their last high school season during Minder’s last season.

“It’s been a crazy experience to be part of Minder’s last ride,” Kemp said. “It’s truly been an honor. … I think we made Minder proud, but I know Minder made us proud of all he’s done for this program and town. We will never be able to thank him enough.

“Nothing will ever compare to how speechless you become when someone asks you what it’s like to be a Papermaker and what it’s like playing for a man such as Minder.”

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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