Fields of Dreams

The past

Nov. 17, 1894 – George Fox University, then Pacific College, plays its first intercollegiate football game against Willamette University. The steamboat trip to Salem takes about seven hours.

Dec. 1, 1894 – First football game in Newberg. The Quakers lose to Willamette University 16-0.

The Crescent1914 – The Crescent summarizes the season with words that were likely heard quite often in the previous 20 years: “The men played hard even in the face of crushing defeat, and earned a reputation for good, clean sportsmanship.”

1916 – Football takes a time out for World War I.

1922 – Football is revived by a unanimous vote of the athletic association, reports The Crescent. Coach Chester Jones anticipates a season of at least four games.

1926 – Football is shelved again, and a soccer team is started the next year.

1931 – Soccer is discontinued and football reinstated, coached by Hubert Armstrong. The Crescent commends the team’s leading rusher, Carol Sandoz, quarterback Denny McGuire, right halfback Chet Weed, left halfback Gene Coffin, and Jim Haworth, who “was so tough he never wore a helmet.”

1943-44 – Football takes a time out for World War II.

1945 – Football is resumed with a six-man version. Only two games are played; both are lost to Reed College.

George Bales1948 – Alum George Bales returns to coach George Fox College football team for six years of success.

Harold 1950 – Fullback Harold “Spud” Ankeny scores 56 points and gains 712 yards on 122 carries.

1963 – Football field is improved with grading, drainage and portable bleachers.

Bob Hadlock1969 – The last year football is played at George Fox. The team has no wins, but four players make the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) all-conference team: Bob Hadlock, Larry Craven, Herald Fodge and Byron Debban. Hadlock, one of the most successful football players in George Fox history, is drafted by the Detroit Lions.

The future

Ken and Joan Austin2002 – Ken and Joan Austin pledge 23 acres for the expansion of George Fox athletics.

2002 – The university’s board of trustees begins considering the reinstatement of football.

Austin Sports Complex site improvementsAugust 2007 – George Fox spends $1.5 million on street and site improvements around the Austin Sports Complex site.

2009 – The board of trustees requests a feasibility study on reintroducing football.

2009 – The university and Chehalem Park and Recreation District draft initial plans for the Austin Sports Complex.
Brad and Katherine StofferJuly 9, 2009 – Phase one is launched with the announcement of a $1.2 million donation from Brad and Katherine Stoffer and their Boedecker Foundation.

October 2009
– Matching grant of $250,000 is offered by anonymous donor.

March 13, 2010 – Board of trustees decides to reinstate football.

April 13, 2010 – Groundbreaking ceremony is enhanced by the announcement of a $300,000 donation from Pacific Fibre Products of Longview, Wash.

Fall 2010 – The first synthetic field and multi-use building will be completed, and Bruin soccer teams will have a new home.

Women's lacrosse at George FoxSpring 2012 – George Fox’s women’s lacrosse hopes to play its first season.

Fall 2013 – Kick off! University to sponsor an NCAA Division III football team in the new Stoffer Family Stadium.

George Fox football - Returning 2013