Fußball in the Alps
This summer the George Fox men’s soccer team will take full advantage of its Swiss connections. The Bruins leave July 29 for a three-week tour of Switzerland and Italy. Bruin coach Manfred Tschan, a Swiss native, will also be their guide. He is a graduate of the University of Bern, where the team will spend one week.
In addition to sightseeing, the team plans to scrimmage university teams and train with local semi-professional club teams. Dieter Muenstermann, a 1993 alumnus and a coach for first division soccer team F.C. Aarau, is arranging the soccer side of the tour.
Tschan says he plans to make the trip a regular part of the program. The NCAA allows teams one foreign tour every three years.
The players will not receive academic credit, but Tschan says the trip will be educational. “The first lesson they got was the lesson of generosity,” he says. “They’ve been blown away by how generous people were.”
Much of the trip will be funded by donations to the newly rejuvenated Bruin Athletic Association (georgefox.edu/athletics/ association). Since October, 157 donors have pledged more than $60,000 to the BAA for various projects, including the European tour.
500 wins and counting for Coach Grant
He deflects all praise to his players, but volleyball coach Steve Grant has to concede he’s enjoyed an impressive 24-year run with the Bruins: Two NCCAA national championships. Multiple coach of the year honors. Twenty winning seasons.
And this year, another milestone. With a win over Warner Pacific on Sept. 20, Grant became the 17th active NCAA Division III volleyball coach to rack up 500 career wins. His career record is now 507-314.
“While the honor of being involved in 500 wins is nice, what it really represents is the effort of so many young women who have come through our program and sacrificed great amounts of time and effort to make the volleyball team a successful one through the years,” he says.
Still making his pitch: Scott Hyde reports to spring training
Scott Hyde is back on the mound. Hyde, the All- American pitcher who helped propel George Fox to a 2004 national baseball title, is in spring training one year after Tommy John elbow surgery.
The ligament reconstruction procedure gives Hyde the opportunity to continue pitching for the New York Mets, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2004 major league draft. After spring training in Florida, Hyde expects to join a Class-A minor league team in Maryland or Florida. “Whatever happens, I’m just glad for the opportunity to pitch,” he says.
Hyde pitched for the Mets’ Class-A affiliate in Brooklyn in 2004, but missed the 2005 season because of the surgery.
Hyde, 23, returned to George Fox last fall to finish his degree in health and human performance. The Mets paid his tuition, a provision he included in his professional baseball contract. “You never know where baseball will take you or how long you’ll play,” he says. “I wanted to be sure I had that degree.”
The university’s website received a design upgrade with added features to make the site more userfriendly. The new home page features “Bruin Highlights,” with weekly scores and schedules as well as a comprehensive menu of athletic links. Each of the sports in season is featured in the “Highlights.” The new look incorporates design elements created by Peterson & Co., a Texas-based design firm.