From the Desk of the Athletic Director

To provide a competitive experience that breeds athletic excellence, academic success and Christ-like character. This is our mission statement in athletics and perhaps no team better exemplifies this mission than our track and field squad. 

Wrapping up a banner year for George Fox athletics, our women’s track and field program won its first NCAA Division III national championship, and our men finished seventh in the nation for a second consecutive year. In doing so, we earned 15 All-American honors. Additionally, our head coach, John Smith, was named the Women’s National Coach of the Year , while his assistants, Adam Haldorson and Gabe Haberly, were awarded women’s and men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year honors, respectively. This epitomizes athletic excellence.

However, the track and field program is not the embodiment of our mission statement simply because the team reached the pinnacle of the sport. It is the work that our coaching staff does daily to bring our athletes to the understanding that their athletic successes and failures do not define them as a person. Their identity, hope, joy, purpose, perspective, love and affirmation is found in Christ alone. Victory is not required for our athletes to obtain any of these things and thus they compete free, not fearing failure. This is the Christ-like character that we are striving for across our athletic programs. 

Pursuing athletic excellence is important. We are proud of the six Northwest Conference championships we brought home this past year and our third-place finish in the NWC Mcllroy-Lewis All-Sports trophy (highest finish in school history). We also finished in the top 10% (42nd out of 443 schools) in the Learfield Director’s Cup, the highest finish in school history. It is our goal to bring home championship trophies in all 21 intercollegiate athletic sports we sponsor, to win the All-Sports trophy, and climb higher in the Director’s Cup.   

More importantly, it is our goal that our programs are known for developing men and women who know and love Christ. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 9:25, “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.”
It is our prayer that we can develop athletic programs at George Fox University that not only train our athletes for competition but also train our athletes to win the eternal prize.

– Adam Puckett
George Fox Women's Track and Field: 2018 National Champions!
The Bruins earned 44 points with 10 All-American performances to secure George Fox's first Division III national championship in track and field . Seth Nonnenmacher continued the legacy of Bruin javelin throwers by earning his second individual championship , while Sarah King, Kennedy Taube, Sara Turner and Lis Larsen became the first relay team at George Fox to win the 4x100-meter crown. Head coach John Smith and assistant coaches Adam Haldorson and Gabe Haberly won National Coach of the Year honors .
The Absolute Value of Zero
Sophomore Tyler Vasega leads his team on and off the field, always reminding his teammates to look for opportunities where football and faith can intersect.

Ben Salisbury: Back on the Track
As an athlete who ranks among the top 10 in four track events at George Fox, Ben Salisbury (G04) is at home on a track a place he’s returned to as an assistant coach at Portland’s Roosevelt High School.

In addition to running his own sports marketing consultancy, TPI, Ben is using his track knowledge to inspire the next generation of athletes. Namely, he wants the sport to transcend being an afternoon distraction and become something much more – something that helps his students develop into strong young adults.

“We want this to be a program full of exceptional student-athletes who encourage each other and strive for excellence,” he says. “Track, unlike most other sports, is about the individual and the habits built. Talent matters, but there is usually a fairly linear relationship between how hard you work and how much you improve.”  

Roosevelt’s diverse student body is fraught with economic challenges and family hardships. The school draws from a large immigrant community in North Portland, and Ben estimates that track team members speak more than 20 languages. Historically, the Roosevelt program has dealt with low turnout and last-place district finishes. After strong improvement the last couple of years, the squad has grown to more than 110 athletes and broken eight school records in 2018 alone. 

Coaching the program has changed Ben, too. “Being a coach is less about a love of track and more about showing up, being supportive and building relationships,” he says. “The stress of my job can feel overwhelming, but when I walk onto that track my priorities are put into perspective. The opportunity to invest in the kids has had a bigger impact on me than it has on them.”
2018 Football Schedule Revealed
After a historic 2017 season in which the Bruins outscored their opponents 187-47 on their home turf and cracked the NCAA Div. III Top-25 for the first time in program history, the 2018 schedule for George Fox football features four exciting home contests against some of the nation's top football teams.

Courtney Howard: Up to Bat at OHSU
After finding success on the softball field as a student-athlete,
Courtney Howard now finds it in the lab at OHSU.
2018 Hall of Fame Class Announced
On Homecoming Weekend, we'll induct nine deserving members into the George Fox University Sports Hall of Fame. Join us Saturday, Oct. 6, to celebrate their contributions to Bruin athletics! Tickets will be available in August. Call 503-554-2134 for details.
2018 Inductees
  • Phaydra (Newport) Brown ('94): Cross Country
  • Katy Campbell ('08): Women's Basketball
  • Ben Dillow ('07): Track and Field
  • Mike Livingston ('67): Football
  • Joel Krebs ('08): Track and Field
  • Ralph Beebe: Coach
  • 1995 Men's Soccer Team
Double the Courts, Double the Fun
Competing at the collegiate level isn’t easy. Competing in two collegiate sports is even harder. That makes what George Fox’s Sophia Lawrence and Laney Search did as freshmen all the more impressive. The pair suited up for both the women’s volleyball and tennis teams, playing pivotal roles in both programs.

2018 Fall Sports Schedules