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.

10:00 AM August 29
Women's Volleyball
vs. Oregon Tech
@ Forest Grove, Ore.
4:00 PM August 29
Women's Volleyball
vs. Evergreen State
@ Forest Grove, Ore.
TBA August 30
Linfield Harrier Classic
@ Joe Dancer Park, McMinnville, Ore.
7:00 PM August 30
Women's Soccer
vs. Warner Pacific
9:00 AM September 01
Women's Soccer
vs. Chapman
6:00 PM September 02
Men's Soccer
vs. Northwest Christian
12:30 PM September 05
Women's Volleyball
vs. Chapman
@ Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Posada Royale Invitational
1:00 PM September 05
Men's Soccer
at Colorado College
3:00 PM September 05
Women's Volleyball
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
@ Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Posada Royale Invitational
11:30 AM September 06
Women's Volleyball
vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
@ Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Posada Royale Invitational
1:30 PM September 06
Football
vs. Arizona Christian
6:00 PM September 06
Women's Volleyball
vs. Occidental
@ Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
9:30 AM September 07
Men's Soccer
vs. Kean
@ Colorado Springs, Colo.
(at Colorado College)
6:00 PM September 09
Men's Soccer
vs. Warner Pacific
1:00 PM September 12
Women's Volleyball
at Trinity (Texas)
Trinity University Tournament
4:00 PM September 12
Women's Soccer
at Whittier
5:00 PM September 12
Women's Volleyball
vs. Southwestern (Texas)
@ San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University Tournament
8:00 AM September 13
Women's Volleyball
vs. Texas Lutheran
@ San Antonio, Texas
Trinity Fall Classic
12:30 PM September 13
Women's Volleyball
vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor
@ San Antonio, Texas
Trinity University Tournament
7:00 PM September 13
Football
vs. La Verne
7:00 PM September 14
Women's Soccer
at Redlands
7:00 PM September 16
Men's Soccer
vs. Multnomah
7:00 PM September 19
Women's Volleyball
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
TBA September 20
Sundodger Invitational
@ Lincoln Park, Seattle, Wash.
12:00 PM September 20
Women's Soccer
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
2:30 PM September 20
Men's Soccer
at Pacific Lutheran
7:00 PM September 20
Women's Volleyball
vs. Linfield
12:00 PM September 21
Women's Soccer
vs. Linfield
2:30 PM September 21
Men's Soccer
at Puget Sound
7:00 PM September 26
Women's Volleyball
vs. Pacific Lutheran
TBA September 27
Hawai'i Pacific Invitational
@ Kahuku Golf Course, Kahuka, Hawai'i
(Women 5K)
12:00 PM September 27
Women's Soccer
at Puget Sound
2:30 PM September 27
Men's Soccer
vs. Whitworth
7:00 PM September 27
Women's Volleyball
at Willamette
12:00 PM September 28
Women's Soccer
at Pacific Lutheran
2:30 PM September 28
Men's Soccer
vs. Whitman
7:00 PM October 01
Women's Volleyball
at Lewis & Clark
7:00 PM October 03
Football
at Willamette
12:00 PM October 04
Women's Soccer
at Willamette
2:30 PM October 04
Men's Soccer
at Linfield
7:00 PM October 04
Women's Volleyball
vs. Puget Sound
12:00 PM October 05
Women's Soccer
vs. Lewis & Clark
2:30 PM October 05
Men's Soccer
at Willamette
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