Mel Counts Class of 1960
- 3 Times All-American at Oregon State University
- Member of the 1964 Olympic champion team.
- First-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics
- Played on two world champion teams in Boston.
- 12-year NBA career that ended in 1976
The most accomplished basketball player in Marshfield history, Counts graduated from high school in 1960 and went on to be an All-American for three years at Oregon State University and a member of the 1964 Olympic champion team.
He was a first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics and played on two world champion teams in Boston. He had a 12-year NBA career that ended in 1976 and he has been involved in a number of community groups since his retirement, including serving on the Gervais School Board and the Silverton Hospital Foundation Board. He currently serves on the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center Foundation Board and is a real-estate agent in Woodburn.
He and his wife, Nedora, have five children and 11 grandchildren.