George Fox University seeks men’s basketball coach to lead program to national prominence at D-III level

men's basketball coaching searchSean Atkins earned first-time all-conference honors last season. The team loses only three seniors from last year's 15-11 squad.

George Fox University is seeking a men’s basketball coach to lead the Bruins to a place of regional and national prominence following the departure of Mark Sundquist, who announced his intention to leave the Division III school to pursue other opportunities.

The university has posted the job on its website and has begun a search for Sundquist’s replacement. The posting states the school is “seeking a proven winner to lead one of its marquee sports to national prominence. In addition to success on the court, the ideal candidate for head coach will be a person of integrity, a spiritual leader and a source of inspiration to players, fans and alumni.”

More on Sundquist’s departure is available here.

George Fox competes in the NCAA Division III as a member of the Northwest Conference. The vision of the school’s athletics department is “To be ‘the team to beat’ in NCAA Division III sports with the most formative athletic experience in the country.”

Last season, the Bruins went 15-11 and tied for third in the NWC behind the play of junior forward Sean Atkins and senior wing Anthony Sanchez, named to the conference's first and second teams, respectively. The incoming coach will inherit a relatively experienced team, as last year's roster included only three seniors.

Historically, George Fox's most successful era came when, as an NAIA school, the Bruins qualified for the postseason 20 of 26 seasons between 1970 and 1996.

The Bruins have enjoyed success in a variety of sports. This spring, the women’s golf team placed fourth in the NCAA Division III Women’s National Golf Championships, and the squad’s top player finished second individually while earning 2012-13 Ping National Player of the Year honors. George Fox also won a third straight conference title in women’s track and boasted an individual national champion for a third straight year.

Previously, the school’s women’s basketball team won a national championship in 2009 and reached the finals of the Division III tournament in 2012. The coach who led them to the title, Scott Rueck, is now head of the Oregon State University program – the third coach OSU has recruited from George Fox in recent years. The other two coaches, Pat Casey and Pat Bailey, are head and assistant coaches, respectively, on the nationally successful Oregon State baseball program. The George Fox baseball team won the national championship in 2004.