NEWBERG, Ore. --- Three track and field stars, a baseball player, a coach/administrator, the 1977 men's cross country team, a legendary voice of the Bruins and a football player will make up the inductees in the 22nd Sports Hall of Fame class at George Fox University.
The ceremonies will take place in the Canyon Commons on the campus of George Fox University. The reception will start at 6p.m. with the ceremony starting at 6:30p.m., Saturday, September 23.
The 2017 class includes: Amadu Koroma (Track & Field), Todd Boss (Track & Field), Michelle Forbes (Track & Field), Derrick Jones (Baseball), Craig Taylor (Coach/Administrator), 1977 men's cross country team, Don Staples (Meritorious) and Perry Kimberly (Legacy Award Winner).
A reception begins at 5p.m. and tickets cost $13 for adults and $8 for children (12 and under). A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. The induction ceremony will start at 6:30p.m.
GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY SPORTS HALL OF FAME – CLASS OF 2017
Individual Athlete – Inducted 2017
1975-1978 Track & Field
Amadu Koroma is the All-Time record holder in the men's long jump at George Fox. That mark of 23'9" was set back in 1978 and still holds today. He's also a member of the 4x100m relay team that holds the school record at George Fox. Koroma was a two time National Track Meet participant. He was the NAIA District II long jump Champion. He ran a 9.8 in the 100 yard dash, he is also listed as the current George Fox indoor record holder in the 60m dash. Koroma was a four year letter winner and a major contributor on each of the four track teams of which he was a member.
He was born in Sierra Leone West Africa. Attended Oregon Episcopal Schools, where he led his team to state championship in track & field. He won the long jump and ran the first leg on the 4X100 relay. At George Fox, he continued his winning ways. He could run the first leg around the corner almost as fast as a straight hundred where he ranks fifth all-time at GFC. He always won District in the long jump. He went to the Nationals two years placing fifth and then third in 1978. He was the first leg on the record holding 4X100 relay at GFC. He was a great soccer player, always leading the team in goals scored and assists. He played briefly with the Portland Timbers before returning to Sierra Leone where he was in charge of the labs at the Military Hospital. He achieved the rank of Major and was deployed to the Gulf War. He now lives in Sacramento with a family of five children.
Individual Athlete – Inducted 2017
1988-1991 Track & Field
Todd transferred his junior year from Jamestown University. District 800 and 1500 meter champion in 1991. NAIA All-American in the 800 meters. Set school record all three days in the 800 at Nationals in 1991. Still holds the school record today. His 1500 meter time is fifth all-time at George Fox University. He was a NAIA Academic All-American in 1990 cross country and 1991 in track field. Bos became the head coach of the St. Paul Lady Bucks from 1995-2007 (not 2002). During his time at the helm, the Lady Bucks became the No. 1-ranked team in Oregon 1A in 2000. They have won 11 state meet event championships, 48 all-state athletes and eight District Championships.
Individual Athlete – Inducted 2017
2001-05 Track & Field
Michelle Forbes, a George Fox University All-American when she finished second in the high jump at the NCAA Division III National Championships in 2005. She was a three-time qualifier for nationals in the high jump during her Bruin career, and a three-time Academic All-District VIII selection and an Academic All-American first team honor her senior year. She is currently second all-time at George Fox in the high jump with a mark of 5-08 and holds the indoor high jump record with a mark of 5-07.
After her playing career, she served as an assistant track coach for the Bruins from the 2006-2012, and was involved in coaching high school volleyball for the past eight years. She was heavily involved in the youth ministry at Rock Harbor Church in Sherwood (now Crossridge), before moving to Korea. She is now involved in youth ministry with high schoolers at the school she teaches at in Korea.
Forbes is a 2005 graduate of George Fox with degrees in History and Political Science. A resident of Suwon, South Korea, she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Willamette University in 2007. Since graduating George Fox, Forbes has been teaching in South Korea since 2012. She has taught multiple classes at the middle school and high school levels. She adopted her son, Joshua, last year in China.
Individual Athlete – Inducted 2017
Jones was a four-year player (2003-06) for the Bruins and was named the 2006 Northwest Conference Player of the Year. He finished his senior season with a .364 batting average with six home runs, 14 doubles and 42 RBIs as the Bruins' designated hitter and clean-up man. He went 6-3 as the team's No. 1 starter with a 3.21 ERA and league-leading 70 strikeouts. He helped the Bruins achieve their fifth straight NWC title and a third place finish in the NCAA Division III West Regional. His junior season, he was named NWC Co-Pitcher of the Year, NCAA Div. III All-West Region and All-America first team honors as a utility player. The Bruins went 132-50 during Jones' playing career, winning or sharing the NWC Championship in all four seasons and bringing home the Div. III World Series in 2004. Jones was crucial in that game, hitting a seventh-inning solo home run to ice the 2004 title game in a 6-3 win.
Jones was drafted by the Texas Rangers organization on June 15, 2006, reporting to the Spokane (Wash.) Indians of the Class A Northwest League. After his professional career, Jones worked in Montana at the Yellowstone club for a brief stint. He came back home and spent time doing some scouting for the Texas Rangers before settling into his current sales role at Nike for the last six years.
Jones and his wife, Laura Lewis, have been married for two years and are expecting their first child in the winter of 2017. He still coaches baseball and is involved with a number of Oregon high school baseball players, helping refine their skills and guiding them through the college process.
He is eighth All-Time in Career ERA (2.99), fourth All-Time in Career Win-Loss Percentage (.846, 22-4), tied for sixth All-Time in Career Wins (22), third All-Time in Career Saves (7), tied for fifth All-Time in Career Games Pitched (50), 13th All-Time in Career Innings Pitched (183.1), ninth All-Time in Career Strikeouts (178), eighth All-Time in Career At Bats (531), 11th All-Time in Career Runs Scored (140), 12th All-Time in Career Hits (181), tied for fourth All-Time in Career Doubles (46), seventh All-Time in Career Home Runs (22), seventh All-Time in Career RBIs (139), tied for sixth All-Time in Career Walks (71), tied for third All-Time in Career Sacrifice Flies (11), tied for fifth All-Time in Single-Season RBIs (63, 2005), tied for fifth All-Time in Single-Season Appearances (21, 2004), seventh All-Time in Single-Season ERA (1.89, 2004) and fourth All-Time in Single-Season Saves (5, 2004).
Coach/Administrator – Inducted 2017
Craig 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 has been a part of two National Championships. He helped oversee the university's transition from NAIA membership to NCAA Division III in 1995. He added seven new sports and guided the planning and building of the Austin Sports Complex, which houses both soccer programs, women's lacrosse and track and field. He also helped with the process in building the Stoffer Family Stadium and Duke Athletic Center, the Bruin Baseball field renovation and the Bruin Softball renovation.
Many of the coaches that served under Taylor had achieved conference, regional and national awards. He was named the NAIA District II Administrator of the Year in 1992, serving as an assistant professor of health and human performance at George Fox fomr 1978 to 1989.
Prior to serving as the athletic director, Taylor coached the university's baseball team (1974-79), women's basketball team (1981-93) and softball team (1981-99, 1990). In 1985, he was named NAIA District II Softball Coach of the Year.
Before his coaching duties, Taylor came to George Fox in 1971 as a junior forward for the men's basketball team. During the 1972-73 season, he helped the Bruins to their first-ever NAIA District II title. He also led the team to the first national appearance in the NAIA Men's Basketball Championship. He graduated from George Fox in 1974 and earned a master's degree in education from Linfield College in 1975.
1977 Men's Cross Country Team
Team Award Winner – Inducted 2017
George Fox College's first ever NAIA cross country district championship and the 1st time ever competing at the NAIA National Championships; won district by 39 points (NW Nazarene, Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Pacific, Linfield, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon, and Western Oregon competing with George Fox at the district championships). Steve Blikstad and Chris Mwaura were on the all-district team.
Meritorious – Inducted 2017
Don, 54, had been a part of the George Fox women's basketball program since the 1999-2000 season. For the past 18 years, Don was the voice of the Bruins as his calm, but energetic voice filled Miller Gymnasium every game day. In 2012, Don was named George Fox University's Volunteer of the Year, and he logged more than 350 games for the Bruins.
His voice is the one heard regularly in the Wheeler Sports Center, calling games for one of the best Division III basketball teams in the nation. In 18 full seasons, with an average workload of 12 to 16 games a season, he has called more than 350 games for the Bruins, ranging from alumni contests to NCAA postseason tournaments. That amounts to more than 700 unpaid hours. Staples' help with the Bruins actually began earlier, in 1996, when he began filling in as a backup PA announcer for four years. And prior to that, he dabbled in sports broadcasting, purchasing radio time from McMinnville station KLYC and lining up sponsors for one year to put 10 George Fox men's games on the air as he called the play-by-play. A 1986 George Fox graduate, Staples also has helped his alma mater with leadership. In 1992 he began a three-year term on the Alumni Association Board, including one year as president.
He joined the Newberg School District as an assistant principal and academic intervention teacher at Mabel Rush Elementary in 1999 after a 12-year career in the Yamhill-Carlton School District.
Legacy Award Winner – Inducted 2017
Kimberly played offensive and defensive end. He was an Oregon Collegiate Conference All-Conference selection and was recognized as an honorable mention selection on the 1967 Little All-Coast Team (small colleges). Kimberly was fast and tough and never backed down. He played full speed ahead on every play on both offense and defense.
Kimberly also played basketball and participated in track as an excellent discus and javelin thrower, as well as a pole-vaulter and sprinter, running both the 100 and 200 yd dashes. (It is asserted by the nominator that:) Kimberly held or shared the school record in the 220, 440 rely and javelin.
1965 - 7 games, 11 catches, 103 yards, 14.7 yards per game, 9.39 yards per catch
1966 - 6 games, 7 catches, 90 yards, 15.0 yards per game, 12.9 yards per catch; 40 tackles
1967 - 6 games, 11 catches, 93 yards, 0 TD, 15.5 yards per game, 8.4 yards per catch
Perry's Honorable Mention selection for the 1965 Little All-Coast Football Team is one of the highest honors awarded to a George Fox athlete. Making the recognition even more special is the person who nominated him — the legendary Oregon Journal Sports Editor, George Pasero! In 1965 and 1967 Perry was also selected as a Football All Star in the highly regarded and very competitive Oregon Collegiate Conference (OCC).
Perry played offensive and defensive end from 1964-67. He on the field for almost every minute of every game as the coaches could not risk taking him out. Based on the data available, Perry lead the team in pass receptions all four of his playing years and it was common for him to be credited for 9-14 tackles a game. As a sprinter on the track team, Perry was a rare combination of speed, endurance and toughness. He played full speed ahead on every play, loved contact and could hit as hard as any of our NAIA opponents. All this without a major injury and never missing a game!
Coach Earl Craven recognized Perry as "one of the finest players" in a league with many outstanding players. In 1964 the Salem Statesman Journal praised him as top recruit for the "Quakers" and, based on his play against the Oregon College of Education that year, a player who could be playing at a higher and "more successful" program.
Perry was more than a football player. He also played varsity basketball and track and earned eleven letters during his time at GFC. At one time he held or shared school records in the 220 yard dash, the 440 and 880 yard relays and the javelin. Using the non-metric measuring system of that era, he might still holds some of these records.
In the spring of his senior year, Perry served as an assistant track coach and in the fall of 1968 a graduate assistant coach on the football team. Both were under the leadership of head coach Jerry Louthan.
Few have contributed more to George Fox athletics than Perry Kimberly. He lives in Newberg and taught in the Newberg School District for over thirty years. He supports and believes in the mission of George Fox University.