North Salem defensive coach Caleb Singleton at North Salem High School on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023 in Salem, Ore.

This is part of a weekly series introducing readers to individuals who are passionate about our Mid-Valley community.

Caleb Singleton enjoys helping young athletes improve, and he played a key role this past fall in helping the North Salem football team achieve statewide success. 

In his second season as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator, Singleton guided one of the state’s best defenses in helping North Salem reach the Columbia Cup in its first season back at the Class 6A level. 

“Very athletic group. What we did this season was spectacular,” Singleton said. “We couldn’t have done it without the kids’ hard work.”

Singleton also helped the Vikings’ track and field program last spring as the jumps coach, and he currently helps the West Salem girls basketball team as an assistant coach to his wife, Katie. 

Caleb Singleton’s playing career

Caleb Singleton, left, and Bryce Pella. Western Oregon University pulls away to defeat Azusa Pacific 38-17 in a football game in Monmouth on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010.

Singleton was a part of the first-ever freshman class at West Salem High School in 2002, and he was part of the school’s 2006 graduating class, the first class that went to the school all four years. 

While with the Titans, Singleton competed in football, basketball and track and field. 

Basketball was his first passion. 

“I didn’t like to get hit. I would rather hit somebody rather than me catching the ball then getting hit,” Singleton said about why defensive back became his primary position. “So I developed that mentality of being the aggressor.”

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