Craig Taylor
Craig Taylor
Title: Director of Athletics (1988-)
Phone: 503-554-2911
Email: ctaylor@georgefox.edu

Craig Taylor has served as director of athletics at George Fox University since 1988, but has been associated with the university for more than 40 years as a player, coach or professor.

As director of athletics, Taylor is responsible for all athletic department functions, including eligibility and compliance with Northwest Conference and NCAA regulations, budgeting, and department and sports center management. He also oversees the university's Sports Hall of Fame and the Bruin Athletic Association.

Building a Strong Program

Taylor oversaw the university's transition from NAIA membership to NCAA Division III in 1998. The university has added seven new sports – women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse and football – during his tenure. He guided the planning and building of the new Austin Athletic Complex, which opened its soccer / lacrosse field in August of 2011.

Hiring the Right People

Many of the coaches Taylor has hired have won conference, regional and national awards. Among former Bruin coaches, Wes Cook won National Coach of the Year awards in women's cross country at both the NCCAA (1988) and NAIA (1992) levels; Pat Bailey was named NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year after the Bruins won the 2004 national baseball title; and Scott Rueck won the 2009 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year after leading the women's basketball team to a perfect 32-0 record and the national championship.

Pat Casey, now the head baseball coach at Oregon State University, was hired by Taylor for his first coaching position in 1988 and won seven conference titles at George Fox before taking the OSU position in 1995 and leading the Beavers to back-to-back NCAA Division I national championships in 2006 and 2007. Current women's basketball coach Michael Meek was named the 2012 NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year when he led the Bruins to a 32-1 record and the championship game of the national tournament.

More recently, four coaches whom Taylor hired earned coaching honors. Mark Sundquist was named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in men's basketball before leaving to pursue other opportunities; MaryJo McCloskey was named the NWC Coach of the Year in women's golf; John Smith earned NWC Coach of the Year honors; and Doug Beatty was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for both indoor and outdoor women's track and field.

Administrator, Coach and Teacher

Taylor, named the NAIA District 2 Administrator of the Year in 1992, served as an assistant professor of health and human performance at George Fox from 1978 to 1989, and is now an associate professor in the department. He was named "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" in 1998 and served as the school's vice president for student life in 1999.

Prior to his administrative duties, Taylor coached the university's baseball (1974-79), women's basketball (1981-93) and softball (1981-88, 1990) teams. In 1985, he was named NAIA District 2 Softball Coach of the Year.

A Four-Decade Bruin
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 2 title. He graduated from George Fox in 1974 and earned a master's degree in education from Linfield College in 1975.

Taylor and his wife, Kathy, live in McMinnville and have three children: Leah, a 1996 George Fox graduate; Bree, a 2001 George Fox graduate who played volleyball for the Bruins; and Casey, who ran for the George Fox track and field team.

6:00 PM January 30
Women's Basketball
at Puget Sound
8:00 PM January 30
Men's Basketball
at Puget Sound
4:00 PM January 31
Women's Basketball
vs. Linfield
6:00 PM January 31
Men's Basketball
vs. Linfield
6:00 PM February 06
Women's Basketball
vs. Willamette
8:00 PM February 06
Men's Basketball
vs. Willamette
4:00 PM February 07
Women's Basketball
at Pacific Lutheran
6:00 PM February 07
Men's Basketball
at Pacific Lutheran
4:00 PM February 13
Softball
at Chapman
6:00 PM February 13
Women's Basketball
at Whitworth
6:00 PM February 13
Softball
at Chapman
8:00 PM February 13
Men's Basketball
at Whitworth
12:00 PM February 14
Softball
at Pomona-Pitzer
2:00 PM February 14
Softball
at Pomona-Pitzer
4:00 PM February 14
Women's Basketball
at Whitman
6:00 PM February 14
Men's Basketball
at Whitman
10:00 AM February 15
Softball
at Redlands
12:00 PM February 15
Softball
at Redlands
6:00 PM February 17
Women's Basketball
at Pacific (Ore.)
8:00 PM February 17
Men's Basketball
at Pacific (Ore.)
6:00 PM February 20
Women's Basketball
vs. Lewis & Clark
8:00 PM February 20
Men's Basketball
vs. Lewis & Clark
February 23
Women's Golf
California Baptist Invitational
@ Victoria Country Club, Riverside, Calif.
February 24
Women's Golf
California Baptist Invitational
@ Victoria Country Club, Riverside, Calif.
TBA February 26
Men's Basketball
vs. TBA
Northwest Conference Tournament Semi-Finals
TBA February 26
Women's Basketball
vs. TBA
Northwest Conference Tournament Semi-finals
TBA February 28
Men's Basketball
vs. TBA
Northwest Conference Tournament Semi-Finals
TBA February 28
Women's Basketball
vs. TBA
Northwest Conference Tournament Semi-finals
12:00 PM February 28
Softball
vs. Pacific Lutheran
2:00 PM February 28
Softball
vs. Pacific Lutheran
March 01
Men's Golf
George Fox Spring Kick-Off
@ The Reserve Golf Course, Aloha, Ore.
March 01
Women's Golf
George Fox Spring Kick-Off
@ The Reserve Golf Course, Aloha, Ore.
12:00 PM March 01
Softball
vs. Puget Sound
2:00 PM March 01
Softball
vs. Puget Sound
TBA March 06
Men's Basketball
vs. TBA
12:00 PM March 07
Softball
at Linfield
2:00 PM March 07
Softball
at Linfield
12:00 PM March 08
Softball
vs. Willamette
2:00 PM March 08
Softball
vs. Willamette
Final January 24
Men's Basketball
L, 86-65 at Lewis & Clark
Final January 24
Women's Basketball
W, 63-43 at Lewis & Clark
Final January 20
Men's Basketball
L, 91-82 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final January 20
Women's Basketball
W, 81-57 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final January 17
Men's Basketball
L, 89-68 vs. Whitworth
Final January 17
Women's Basketball
W, 70-39 vs. Whitworth
Final January 16
Men's Basketball
L, 83-78 vs. Whitman
Final January 16
Women's Basketball
W, 77-63 vs. Whitman
Final January 10
Men's Basketball
L, 75-72 at Willamette
Final January 10
Women's Basketball
W, 78-54 at Willamette
Final January 09
Men's Basketball
W, 73-72 vs. Pacific Lutheran
Final January 09
Women's Basketball
W, 89-36 vs. Pacific Lutheran