It all started on a November day in 1894, when a team of then-Pacific College players took a steamboat to Salem to play Willamette in the first intercollegiate football game in school history. More than 100 years later, George Fox is bringing the sport back after a 45-year hiatus.
Read about our history and get a glimpse of what’s ahead …
George Fox football kicks off
Game on! George Fox opens the season at home against Arizona Christian on Sept. 6. Another preseason game with La Verne follows on Sept. 13, before the start of Northwest Conference play at Willamette Oct. 3.
Stoffer Family Stadium takes shape as a grandstand with seating for 1,200 and a videoboard are erected and the synthetic-turf Lemmons Family Field is installed.
First recruiting class enters
This school year is the first for a group of about 50 players who are eligible to play the following fall.
After a groundbreaking ceremony in the spring, building begins on Stoffer Family Stadium and the Duke Athletic Center.
Head coach hired
After an extensive national search, the university selected Chris Casey to provide leadership for a new era of football at George Fox.
Board approves return of football
The university’s board of trustees make it official on March 13: Football will be reinstated and be played at George Fox for the first time since the 1969 season.
End of an era
The last year football is played at George Fox. The team has no wins, but four players make the NAIA all-conference team: Bob Hadlock, Larry Craven, Herald Fodge and Byron Debban. Hadlock is later drafted by the Detroit Lions.
Football field is improved with grading, draining and portable bleachers.
"Spud" runs wild
Fullback Harold “Spud” Ankeny scores 56 points and rushes for 712 yards on 122 carries.
Bales returns to coach
Alumnus George Bales returns to coach the college’s football team for six years of success.
Football returns from break
Football resumes after taking a break for World War II in 1943-44. Only two games are played; both are losses.
Soccer is discontinued and football is reinstated, with coach Hubert Armstrong at the helm. Football was shelved in 1926 and soccer was started up the following year.
Back to the gridiron
Football, suspended during World War I, is revived by a unanimous vote of the athletic association.
First football game in Newberg
The Quakers lose to Willamette University 16-0 in their first home game on Dec. 1.
George Fox, then Pacific College, plays its first intercollegiate football game against Willamette University on Nov. 17. The steamboat trip to Salem takes about seven hours.