NEWBERG, Ore. --- George Fox University is proud to announce the hiring of Jim Bray as the new assistant softball coach, serving under head coach Jessica Hollen.
Bray will also serve as the director of game management for the men's and women's soccer programs.
"We are thrilled to bring Jim into the Bruin family," said director of athletics Adam Puckett. "Jim brings a lot of energy and experience, and will no doubt make an immediate impact on our softball program."
Bray comes to George Fox from Transylvania, where he served as an assistant coach for the baseball and women's basketball teams. Bray spent the last four years at Transy helping those programs reach new heights. Bray came to Transylvania by way of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where he served as an assistant coach under Tom Flynn for four seasons.
"Jim is someone we were excited about bringing on to our team," said Hollen. "He has a unique approach to his coaching style and is an excellent recruiter."
During his time at Lewis & Clark, Bray was a recruiter, infielders coach, third base coach and a hitting coach for the baseball team. His work with infielders in 2014 led to a reduction in errors by nearly a third of the previous year's total, and a 45% increase in double plays from the previous season. As a recruiter, Bray helped bring in two recruiting classes, which entailed 20 players from nine different states.
Before coaching, Bray was a two-year letter winner and captain for the Lewis & Clark baseball program, driving in 40 career RBIs and hitting 10 home runs. He started 57 games for the Pioneers, playing mainly as a corner infielder.
Prior to Lewis & Clark, Bray spent two seasons playing wood bat baseball at Clackamas Community College. Bray split time at the infield positions before finding a home at first base during his second year in the program. In his sophomore year, Bray was named Second-Team NWAACC All-South Region first baseman, batting .280 with a perfect fielding percentage. He was also recognized for his academics, being named to the NWAAC All- Academic team while graduating with an Associate of Arts degree.
In addition to his coaching at Lewis & Clark College, Bray coached summer baseball for the Lake Oswego Junior Baseball Organization (LOJBO) for four years making the state championships twice. He ran the LOJBO hitting league, while also working as an instructor for Nike, Under Armour Top 96, Trosky Baseball, NW Star Baseball Academy and Stanford Baseball Camps.
Bray also serves as an assistant coach with the Transylvania women's basketball team under Juli Fulks, whom he also worked under as an assistant at Lewis & Clark.
As a student, Bray interned in the Lewis & Clark athletics department as an assistant to the Sports Information Director. He also served as the head assistant to the Lewis & Clark Facilities Manager. Bray graduated from Lewis & Clark with a Bachelor's degree in economics in 2010.