George Fox football won’t officially take the field until the fall 2014 semester, but the “zero year” team is already hard at work laying the foundation for the university’s first football season in nearly 45 years. More than 70 players participated in workouts, scrimmages and team-building activities during the fall 2013 semester. Meanwhile, six new assistants were added to head coach Chris Casey’s staff: John Bates (defensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator), Tory Smith (running backs), Ken Ingram (offensive line/strength and conditioning), Ian Sanders (special teams/linebackers), Gabe Haberly (wide receivers) and Patrick Prince (running backs).
Former college star Natalie Harrington will make her debut as the head coach of the new George Fox women’s lacrosse program on Feb. 15 at the Pacific Play Day tournament in Forest Grove, Ore. Nineteen players took part in preseason workouts during the fall 2013 semester. The team’s first home game is set for Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. vs. Alma at the Austin Sports Complex.
The 18th class of the George Fox Sports Hall of Fame was inducted Sept. 14. It included three athletes, a basketball coach from a century ago, the most successful women’s soccer team to date, and two loyal supporters who sent four children to compete for Bruin teams. Forming the Class of 2013 were athletes Eric Bell (baseball, 2001-03), Gary Blackmar (football, men’s basketball, and men’s track and field, 1964-68), Becci Harper (women’s basketball and women’s track & field, 1995-97), Coach Russell Lewis (men’s basketball, 1913-14, 1915-21), Dr. Alvis & Barbara Forbes (meritorious service), and the 1998 women’s soccer team.
Freshman Sydney Maluenda captured medalist honors at the Northwest Conference Women’s Golf Fall Classic in October, shooting 2 over par for the tournament to win by two strokes. The Bruins finished second in the Classic, earning seven points toward the conference championship, which will be decided during the spring portion of the season. As of press time, the Bruins are ranked 13th among NCAA Division III schools in the Golf World / Women’s Golf Coaches Association national poll.
Senior volleyball player Chelsea Wilson set a George Fox University single-season record for average digs, finishing the year with 560 digs in 93 sets for a rate of 6.02 per set, breaking the previous George Fox mark of 5.88. Her total is the second-highest in one season in university history. Wilson completed her four-year career with 1,483 digs, the fifth-highest total ever for a Bruin.