John Tully finished his second season under head coach Chris Casey in 2016.
After a successful tenure as an assistant coach at the high school ranks in the early ‘80s, Tully made his first mark at the college level as an assistant at Southern Oregon State College [now Southern Oregon University]. While in Ashland, Tully served as both offensive and defensive coordinator.
After a five-year stint with the Raiders as an assistant, Tully spent his next five years as the head coach at Eureka College in Illinois. Eureka, which had been a longstanding doormat before Tully’s hiring, was looking for a coach to take the team out of the depths of its conference. Just two years after his hiring, Tully led Eureka’s first undefeated season with the second-highest rated passing quarterback in the nation, leading the Red Devils to the national playoffs.
Tully took the head coaching job at Whitworth a few years later. The Pirates are now typically at the top of the Northwest Conference, but that wasn’t the case before Tully took over. During his time as head coach, Tully took Whitworth to heights it never reached before, including most wins in a season (11 in 2006), three seasons as conference champions, and a national playoff win. Tully’s success culminated with his 100th win as head football coach at Whitworth, the most in school history.
Tully is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and University of San Diego with a master of education degree. He lives in Newberg with his wife Deborah and sons Jay, Travis and Bo. The family attends St. Thomas More & Life Center.