NEWBERG, Ore. --- Long-time Director of Athletics Craig Taylor has been named a recipient of the Northwest Conference's Distinguished Service Award. He is joined by six other individuals who either moved on to other endeavors, recently retired, or announced impending retirements from NWC institutions.
The Distinguished Service award honors coaches, faculty athletic representatives, athletic directors, and other administrators who have given outstanding service to the NWC. Nominees for this award are approved by the NWC's Board of Athletics Administrators.
Taylor has been associated with George Fox for more than 45 years as a player, coach, administrator or professor. He served as the Director of Athletics since 1988 and oversaw the NWC's transition from NAIA to NCAA membership in 1995. Under his oversight, the Bruins won two NCAA national championships, added seven new sports, and built or improved such facilities as the Austin Sports Complex, Stoffer Family Stadium, Duke Athletic Center, and Morse Athletic Fields.
He was named the NAIA District II Administrator of the Year in 1992, and served as an assistant professor of health and human performance from 1978-89. At various times, he coached the baseball, women's basketball, and softball teams, and in 1985 was named NAIA District II Softball Coach of the Year.
Taylor came to George Fox in 1971 as a student and helped the Bruins to their first-ever NAIA District II men's basketball title and first national appearance in 1973.