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

Craig Taylor is in his 26th year as the director of athletics at George Fox University, but has been associated with the university for 42 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 five new sports – women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's golf – during his tenure, and will add two more with women's lacrosse in the spring of 2014 and the return of football in the fall of 2014. 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.

This past year, 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 1978-89, 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, 62, and his wife, Kathy, live in McMinnville and have three children: Leah, 39, a 1996 George Fox graduate; Bree, 34, a 2001 George Fox graduate who played volleyball for the Bruins; and Casey, 24, who ran for the George Fox track and field team.

TBA April 18
Track & Field
Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Portland, Ore.
12:00 PM April 18
Baseball
vs. Linfield
3:00 PM April 18
Baseball
vs. Linfield
3:30 PM April 18
Men's Tennis
at Pacific Lutheran
4:00 PM April 18
Women's Tennis
vs. Pacific Lutheran
TBA April 19
Track & Field
Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Portland, Ore.
11:00 AM April 19
Women's Tennis
vs. Puget Sound
11:00 AM April 19
Men's Tennis
at Puget Sound
1:00 PM April 19
Baseball
vs. Linfield
4:00 PM April 24
Baseball
vs. Corban
2:00 pm April 25
Track & Field
Northwest Conference Championships
@ Tacoma, Wash.
TBA April 25
Men's Tennis
vs. 113th Ojai (Calif) Tennis Tournament
@ Ojai, Calif.
10:30 am April 26
Track & Field
Northwest Conference Championships
@ Tacoma, Wash.
April 26
Women's Golf
NWC Championship
@ Oreon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
April 26
Men's Golf
NWC Championship
@ Oregon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
TBA April 26
Men's Tennis
vs. 113th Ojai (Calif) Tennis Tournament
@ Ojai, Calif.
TBA April 26
Men's Tennis
vs. Northwest Conference Tournament
@ TBA
1:00 PM April 26
Baseball
at Corban
April 27
Women's Golf
NWC Championship
@ Oreon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
April 27
Men's Golf
NWC Championship
@ Oregon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
TBA April 27
Men's Tennis
vs. 113th Ojai (Calif) Tennis Tournament
@ Ojai, Calif.
TBA April 27
Men's Tennis
vs. Northwest Conference Tournament
@ TBA
TBA May 02
Track & Field
Pacific Twilight
@ Forest Grove, Ore.
5:00 PM May 02
Baseball
at Linfield
3:30 PM May 04
Baseball
vs. Linfield
TBA May 09
Track & Field
Oregon Twilight
@ Eugene, Ore.
10:00 am May 10
Track & Field
Linfield Open
@ McMinnville, Ore.
TBA May 12
Track & Field
Whitworth Final Qualifier
@ Spokane, Wash.
TBA May 13
Track & Field
Whitworth Final Qualifier
@ Spokane, Wash.
May 13
Women's Golf
NCAA D-III National Championship
@ Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
May 14
Women's Golf
NCAA Div-III National Championship
@ Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
May 15
Women's Golf
NCAA D-III National Champioship
@ Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
May 16
Women's Golf
NCAA D-III National Championship
@ Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Final April 15
Men's Tennis
L, 8-1 at Pacific (Ore.)
10:00 am April 15
Track & Field
Day 2 Northwest Conference Multi-Events
@ Salem, Ore.
10:00 am April 14
Track & Field
Day 1 Northwest Conference Multi-Events
@ Salem, Ore.
Final April 13
Women's Lacrosse
W, 21-3 vs. Loras
@ Tacoma, Wash. (at Puget Sound)
Final April 13
Softball
L, 8-3 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final April 13
Baseball
L, 3-2 at Pacific Lutheran
Final April 13
Softball
W, 3-0 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
April 13
Women's Golf
1st of 5 Willamette Invitational
@ Broken Top Golf Course in Bend, Ore.
April 13
Men's Golf
7th of 7 Willamette Invitational
@ Broken Top Golf Course in Bend, Ore.
Final April 12
Baseball
W, 8-0 at Pacific Lutheran
Final April 12
Softball
L, 5-1 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final April 12
Baseball
L, 6-5 at Pacific Lutheran
Final April 12
Softball
L, 7-6 at Pacific (Ore.)
TBA April 12
Track & Field
Final Pacific Luau
@ Forest Grove, Ore.
April 12
Women's Golf
1st of 5 Willamette Invitational
@ Broken Top Golf Course in Bend, Ore.
April 12
Men's Golf
7th of 7 Willamette Invitational
@ Broken Top Golf Course in Bend, Ore.
Final April 11
Softball
L, 2-1 vs. Lewis & Clark
makeup from 4/3 rainout
Final April 11
Women's Tennis
W, 5-4 at Willamette
Final April 11
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Willamette
Final April 09
Softball
W, 9-2 at Willamette
makeup from Mar. 2
Final April 09
Softball
W, 14-5 at Willamette
makeup from Mar. 2
Final April 08
Women's Lacrosse
W, 15-5 vs. Linfield
Final April 06
Baseball
W, 8-0 vs. Puget Sound
Final - 9 innings April 06
Softball
W, 6-5 vs. Puget Sound
Final April 06
Baseball
W, 9-0 vs. Puget Sound
Final - 5 innings April 06
Softball
W, 10-0 vs. Puget Sound
Final April 06
Men's Tennis
L, 9-0 vs. Whitman
2 p.m. at Club Green Meadows if wet
April 06
Women's Golf
1st of 9 NWC Spring Classic
@ Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wash.
April 06
Men's Golf
9th of 9 NWC Spring Classic
@ Canyon Lakes Golf Course, Kennewick, Wash.
Final April 05
Baseball
W, 9-0 vs. Puget Sound
Final April 05
Softball
L, 2-0 vs. Pacific Lutheran
Final April 05
Women's Tennis
L, 9-0 at Whitworth
Final April 05
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Whitworth
at The Courthouse, Salem, Ore.
10:00 am April 05
Track & Field
Final Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational
@ McMinnville, Ore.
April 05
Women's Golf
1st of 9 NWC Spring Classic
@ Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick, Wash.
April 05
Men's Golf
9th of 9 NWC Spring Classic
@ Canyon Lakes Golf Course, Kennewick, Wash.
Final - 7 innings April 04
Softball
L, 3-0 vs. Pacific Lutheran
@ McMinnville, Ore. (Linfield)
moved up from 4/5 in anticipation of weather
Final - 7 innings April 04
Softball
L, 6-5 vs. Pacific Lutheran
@ McMinnville, Ore. (Linfield)
makeup from Feb. 23
Final April 04
Women's Lacrosse
W, 12-11 at Puget Sound
East Field
Final April 04
Women's Tennis
L, 9-0 at Whitman
TBA April 04
Track & Field
Final San Francisco State Carnival
@ San Francisco, Calif.
Final April 02
Women's Lacrosse
L, 12-9 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final March 30
Softball
L, 10-4 at Whitworth
Final March 30
Baseball
W, 5-0 at Whitworth
Final March 30
Softball
L, 5-0 at Whitworth
March 30
Women's Golf
1st of 9 Cal-Santa Cruz Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links in Pacific Grove, Calif.
Final March 29
Baseball
W, 14-2 at Whitworth
Final March 29
Softball
L, 8-6 at Whitworth
Final March 29
Baseball
W, 10-4 at Whitworth
Final March 29
Softball
W, 1-0 at Whitworth
10:30 am March 29
Track & Field
Final Westmont Collegiate Classic
@ Santa Barbara, Calif.
March 29
Women's Golf
1st of 9 Cal-Santa Cruz Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links in Pacific Grove, Calif.
Final March 27
Softball
W, 10-4 vs. Lewis & Clark
@ Hoodview Park, Happy Valley, Ore.
Makeup from 3/8
Final March 27
Softball
W, 8-1 vs. Lewis & Clark
@ Hoodview Park, Happy Valley, Ore.
Makeup from 3/8
Final March 25
Women's Lacrosse
L, 16-6 vs. Colorado Mesa
Final March 25
Softball
W, 8-0 vs. St. Olaf
@ Tucson, Ariz.
Tucson Invitational Games
Final - 5 innings March 25
Softball
W, 8-0 vs. St. Olaf
@ Tucson, Ariz.
Tucson Invitational Games
Final March 24
Women's Tennis
L, 7-2 vs. Hamilton
@ Orlando, Fla. (Lake Cane TC)
Final March 24
Softball
W, 5-4 vs. St. Olaf
@ Tucson, Ariz.
Tucson Invitational Games
Final March 24
Softball
W, 16-5 vs. Gustavus Adolphus
@ Tucson, Ariz.
Tucson Invitational Games
Final March 23
Women's Tennis
W, 7-2 vs. Hamline
@ Orlando, Fla. (Star Island Resort)
Final March 23
Women's Tennis
L, 5-4 vs. Luther
@ Orlando, Fla. (Lake Cane TC)
Final March 23
Baseball
L, 2-1 vs. Whitman
Final March 22
Baseball
W, 2-1 vs. Whitman
Final March 22
Softball
W, 11-5 vs. Chapman
@ Tucson, Ariz.
Tucson Invitational Games
Final March 22
Baseball
W, 9-3 vs. Whitman
Final March 22
Women's Tennis
L, 8-1 vs. Kalamazoo
@ Orlando, Fla. (Lake Cane TC)
Final March 22
Softball
L, 3-2 vs. Whittier
@ Tucson, Ariz.
TBA March 22
Track & Field
M 11th of 23, W 7th of 21 Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring
@ San Diego, Calif.
(at Pt. Loma Nazarene)
10:00 am March 22
Track & Field
M 12th of 18, W 12th of 15 at Lewis & Clark Spring Break Meet
Final March 20
Women's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Virginia Wesleyan
@ Orlando, Fla. (Lake Cane TC)
Final March 19
Women's Lacrosse
L, 17-6 vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Final March 18
Women's Lacrosse
W, 13-9 vs. Hope
Final March 16
Softball
W, 2-0 at Linfield
Final - 11 innings March 16
Baseball
L, 3-2 at Willamette
Final - 10 innings March 16
Softball
L, 1-0 at Linfield
Final March 15
Women's Lacrosse
L, 14-3 vs. Puget Sound
Final March 15
Baseball
L, 11-9 at Willamette
Final March 15
Softball
L, 3-0 vs. Willamette
Final March 15
Baseball
L, 8-2 at Willamette
Final March 15
Softball
L, 9-1 vs. Willamette
TBA March 15
Track & Field
Final NCAA D-III Indoor National Championships
@ Lincoln, Neb.
TBA March 15
Track & Field
Final Mt. Hood CC Saints Open
@ Gresham, Ore.
12:15 pm March 15
Women's Golf
2nd of 6 GF Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village Golf Course in Peoria, Ariz.
Final March 14
Women's Tennis
L, 8-1 at Linfield
TBA March 14
Track & Field
Final NCAA D-III Indoor National Championships
@ Lincoln, Neb.
10:00 am March 14
Track & Field
Final Boxer Combined Events
@ Forest Grove, Ore.
12:15 pm March 14
Women's Golf
2nd of 6 GF Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village Golf Course in Peoria, Ariz.
Final March 12
Women's Lacrosse
W, 14-12 vs. Southwestern (Texas)
Final March 12
Softball
W, 6-2 vs. Lewis & Clark
Makeup of game ppd. from 4/9
Final March 11
Men's Tennis
W, 6-3 vs. Hardin-Simmons
@ Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rancho Las Palmas Tennis Club
Final March 10
Baseball
W, 3-0 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final - 11 innings March 09
Baseball
W, 1-0 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final March 09
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Linfield
@ Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rancho Las Palmas Tennis Club
Final March 09
Baseball
W, 2-1 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final March 09
Women's Tennis
W, 7-2 vs. College of Idaho
at Tualatin Hills TC, Beaverton, Ore.
March 09
Men's Golf
8th of 8 Puget Sound Invitational
@ Fircrest Golf Course in Fircrest, Wash.
Final March 08
Men's Tennis
W, 5-4 vs. California Tech
@ Indian Wells, CA - The Vintage Club
Final March 08
Women's Tennis
L, 6-3 at Pacific Lutheran
10:30 a.m. March 08
Track & Field
Men 1st of 3, Women 2nd of 3 Rich Allen Classic
(3-way with Linfield & Pacific)
March 08
Men's Golf
8th of 8 Puget Sound Invitational
@ Fircrest Golf Course in Fircrest, Wash.
Final March 07
Women's Basketball
L, 71-51 vs. Whitworth
@ Walla Walla, Wash.
NCAA Tournament First Round
Final March 07
Women's Tennis
L, 8-1 at Puget Sound
Final March 07
Men's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Puget Sound
at Club Green Meadows, Vancouver, Wash.
Final March 05
Women's Lacrosse
W, 15-4 at Linfield
Final March 04
Baseball
L, 6-3 at Lewis & Clark
Originally scheduled for 3/2
Final - OT March 03
Women's Lacrosse
L, 11-9 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final March 02
Men's Tennis
W, 6-3 at Whitworth
Cancelled March 02
Women's Golf
George Fox Kickoff
@ Oregon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
ppd., weather
March 02
Men's Golf
7th of 7 Pacific Lutheran Invitational
@ Tacoma, Wash.
Final March 01
Baseball
W, 6-1 at Lewis & Clark
Final - 9 innings March 01
Softball
L, 3-2 vs. Linfield
Final March 01
Women's Tennis
L, 9-0 vs. Whitman
at Tualatin Hills TC, Beaverton, Ore.
Final - 6 innings March 01
Softball
L, 10-2 vs. Linfield
Final March 01
Baseball
W, 8-0 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 01
Men's Tennis
L, 9-0 at Whitman
March 01
Women's Golf
1st of 5 George Fox Kickoff
@ Oregon Golf Association Golf Course in Woodburn, Ore.
March 01
Men's Golf
7th of 7 Pacific Lutheran Invitational
@ DuPont, Wash.
Final February 28
Women's Tennis
L, 8-1 vs. Whitworth
at Tualatin Hills TC, Beaverton, Ore.
Final February 27
Women's Basketball
L, 74-55 vs. Whitworth
Northwest Conference Tournament Semifinal
Final February 25
Women's Lacrosse
L, 9-8 vs. Alma
Final February 23
Women's Tennis
W, 5-4 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final February 23
Softball
W, 8-1 at Pacific Lutheran
Final February 23
Men's Tennis
W, 6-3 vs. Lewis & Clark
at Stafford Hills TC, Tualatin, Ore.
Final February 23
Baseball
W, 12-1 at Pomona-Pitzer
Final February 22
Men's Basketball
W, 86-78 vs. Willamette
Final February 22
Women's Basketball
W, 89-42 vs. Willamette
Final - 11 innings February 22
Baseball
W, 8-7 at Occidental
Final - 6 innings February 22
Softball
W, 12-0 at Puget Sound
Final - 5 innings February 22
Softball
W, 10-1 at Puget Sound
Final February 22
Baseball
W, 5-4 at Occidental
Final - OT February 21
Men's Basketball
L, 115-112 at Puget Sound
Final February 21
Women's Basketball
W, 74-61 at Puget Sound
Final February 21
Men's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Pacific Lutheran
at Club Green Meadows, Vancouver, Wash.
Final February 21
Women's Tennis
W, 5-4 at Lewis & Clark
Final February 21
Baseball
W, 7-0 at Occidental
Final February 18
Men's Basketball
W, 81-78 vs. Lewis & Clark
Postponed by snow from Feb. 8
Final February 18
Women's Basketball
W, 66-48 vs. Lewis & Clark
Postponed by snow from Feb. 8
Final - 5 innings February 18
Softball
W, 12-3 at Concordia (Texas)
Final February 18
Softball
W, 8-2 at Concordia (Texas)
Final - 7 innings February 16
Softball
W, 7-0 at Dallas
Final February 16
Baseball
W, 16-8 at Concordia-Portland
Cavalier Classic; ppd. by rain from 2/15
Final - 7 innings February 16
Softball
W, 8-1 at Dallas
Final February 16
Women's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Mills
@ Salem, Ore.
at The Courthouse
Final February 16
Baseball
W, 4-0 vs. College of Idaho
@ at Portland, Ore. (Concordia)
Cavalier Classic; makeup of 2/15 rainout
Final - OT February 15
Men's Basketball
L, 105-101 at Whitworth
Final February 15
Women's Basketball
L, 72-68 at Whitworth
Final February 15
Softball
W, 7-2 at Southwestern (Texas)
Final February 15
Softball
W, 13-4 at Southwestern (Texas)
Final February 14
Men's Basketball
W, 98-95 at Whitman
Final February 14
Women's Basketball
L, 51-46 at Whitman
Final February 14
Baseball
W, 12-3 vs. College of Idaho
@ Portland, Ore. (Concordia)
Cavalier Classic
Final February 11
Men's Basketball
L, 73-69 at Pacific (Ore.)
Postponed from Feb. 7 due to snow.
Final February 11
Women's Basketball
W, 87-66 at Pacific (Ore.)
Postponed from Feb. 7 due to snow.
Final February 09
Baseball
W, 11-9 vs. Whitman
@ Anthem, Ariz. (Boulder Creek HS)
Arizona Desert Classic
Final February 08
Baseball
L, 6-3 vs. La Verne
@ Anthem, Ariz. (Boulder Creek HS)
Arizona Desert Classic
Final February 08
Baseball
W, 12-1 vs. Redlands
@ Anthem, Ariz. (Boulder Creek HS)
Arizona Desert Classic
Final February 07
Baseball
W, 13-1 vs. Whittier
@ Goodyear, Ariz. (Desert Edge HS)
Arizona Desert Classic
Final February 01
Men's Basketball
W, 78-60 vs. Pacific Lutheran
Final February 01
Women's Basketball
W, 99-60 vs. Pacific Lutheran
Final February 01
Men's Tennis
L, 7-0 at Seattle
Final January 28
Men's Basketball
L, 74-72 at Linfield
Final January 28
Women's Basketball
W, 64-57 at Linfield
Final January 25
Men's Basketball
W, 89-77 vs. Puget Sound
Final January 25
Women's Basketball
W, 70-58 vs. Puget Sound
Final January 24
Men's Basketball
W, 96-93 at Willamette
Final January 24
Women's Basketball
W, 71-42 at Willamette
Final January 18
Men's Basketball
L, 93-69 vs. Whitman
Final January 18
Women's Basketball
L, 75-63 vs. Whitman
Final January 17
Men's Basketball
W, 98-85 vs. Whitworth
Final January 17
Women's Basketball
W, 59-56 vs. Whitworth
Final January 11
Men's Basketball
W, 80-68 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final January 11
Women's Basketball
W, 78-48 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
Final January 10
Men's Basketball
L, 79-78 at Lewis & Clark
Final January 10
Women's Basketball
W, 70-65 at Lewis & Clark
Final January 03
Men's Basketball
L, 72-64 at Pacific Lutheran
Final January 03
Women's Basketball
W, 70-43 at Pacific Lutheran
Final December 30
Women's Basketball
W, 82-58 at Trinity (Texas)
Trinity Christmas Classic
Final December 29
Women's Basketball
W, 92-51 vs. Howard Payne
@ San Antonio, Texas
Trinity Christmas Classic
Final December 28
Men's Basketball
L, 98-91 vs. Wisconsin-Platteville
@ South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
D3hoops.com Classic
Final December 27
Men's Basketball
W, 100-81 vs. Wisconsin-Superior
@ South Point Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
D3hoops.com Classic
Final December 22
Women's Basketball
W, 86-46 vs. Simpson (Cal.)
Final December 21
Women's Basketball
W, 74-45 vs. California-Santa Cruz