Intercollegiate Athletics at George Fox University
Intercollegiate athletics are an important part of George Fox University, home to one of the Northwest's most successful small-college sports programs. Winning programs, however, are accompanied by a proper balance between academics and athletics: George Fox teams are members of the Northwest Conference and compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), in which need and academic ability, not athleticism, determine scholarships and financial aid.
At George Fox University, intercollegiate athletic competition provides a practical application of what is learned in classrooms and practices. Student-athletes compete for conference and national titles at a Christ-centered university where professors and coaches help them grow in mind, body and spirit. The values of athletics are integrated with the goals of Christian higher education in a process that includes:
- Physical conditioning
- Managing emotions
- Being gracious in winning and losing
The university features 15 varsity sports, eight for women (golf, volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, and outdoor track and field) and seven for men (golf, soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, tennis, and outdoor track and field). Women's lacrosse will begin play in the spring of 2014, and football will return after a 46-year absence in the fall of 2014. More than 15 percent of George Fox's traditional undergraduate students participate in these sports. Their records over the years serve as shining testimonies to the administration's conviction that an institution can play for the glory of God, follow the rules and ethics of its governing organizations, and be successful on the fields and courts of competition at the same time. Consider that:
- George Fox has earned 18 conference titles, two national team championships, and five individual national championships during the last decade.
- George Fox athletes have earned over 300 All-America and All-America Scholar-Athlete honors.
- Seven coaches currently on staff have been named conference Coach of the Year and three have been national Coach of the Year at least once.
- George Fox coaches together have accumulated more than 1,100 collegiate wins.
For more information about intercollegiate athletics at George Fox University, one of the premier places to play at the Division III level, contact the Department of Athletics at 503-554-2910.
George Fox is a member of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference, a group of nine selective private colleges which all rank in the first tier of U.S. News' National Liberal Arts Colleges or Regional University categories. The other members are Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific Lutheran University, Pacific University of Oregon, the University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, Whitworth University, and Willamette University.