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 42 years as a player, coach or professor.

As director of athletics, Taylor oversees all athletic department functions, including compliance with the Northwest Conference and NCAA regulations, budgeting, and department and sports facility management.

Building a Strong Program

Taylor oversaw the university's transition from NAIA membership to NCAA Division III in 1995. 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 Austin Soccer and Lacrosse Complex, which opened its soccer / lacrosse field in August of 2011. He also helped guide the building of Stoffer Family Stadium and the Duke Athletic Center. He is currently working with the first phase of the Bruin Baseball field renovation. 

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 also led his 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.

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.

March 03
Cal East Bay Invitational
@ Hiddenbrook CC in Vallejo, Calif.
7:00 PM March 06
Women's Basketball
vs. Penn St.-Abington
NCAA Tournament First Round
March 07
Track & Field
at Linfield Ice Breaker
11:00 AM March 07
Women's Tennis
at Linfield
12:00 PM March 07
Baseball
at Whitworth
12:00 PM March 07
Softball
at Linfield
1:00 PM March 07
Men's Tennis
vs. Linfield
2:00 PM March 07
Softball
at Linfield
2:00 PM March 07
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Puget Sound
3:00 PM March 07
Baseball
at Whitworth
11:00 AM March 08
Women's Tennis
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM March 08
Baseball
at Whitworth
12:00 PM March 08
Softball
vs. Willamette
1:00 PM March 08
Men's Tennis
vs. Lewis & Clark
2:00 PM March 08
Softball
vs. Willamette
6:00 PM March 09
Women's Lacrosse
vs. St. Mary's (IN)
3:30 PM March 10
Baseball
vs. Lewis & Clark
6:00 PM March 12
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Ohio Wesleyan
March 13
Track & Field
at Indoor Nationals
March 14
Men's Golf
Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
March 14
Track & Field
at Indoor Nationals
March 14
Track & Field
Saints Open
@ Mt. Hood CC
March 14
Women's Golf
George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
12:00 PM March 14
Baseball
vs. Whitman
12:00 PM March 14
Softball
at Lewis & Clark
1:00 PM March 14
Women's Tennis
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
1:00 PM March 14
Men's Tennis
at Pacific (Ore.)
2:00 PM March 14
Softball
at Lewis & Clark
3:00 PM March 14
Baseball
vs. Whitman
5:00 PM March 14
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Whittier
March 15
Men's Golf
Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
March 15
Women's Golf
George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
12:00 PM March 15
Baseball
vs. Whitman
12:00 PM March 15
Softball
at Lewis & Clark
2:00 PM March 15
Softball
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM March 16
Women's Tennis
vs. Schreiner
1:00 PM March 16
Women's Lacrosse
at Whitman
12:00 PM March 18
Men's Tennis
vs. Ozarks (AR)
3:00 PM March 18
Baseball
at Corban
4:00 PM March 18
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Calvin
March 19
Track & Field
at Westmont Multis
1:00 PM March 19
Women's Tennis
vs. Scranton
@ Hilton Head, S.C.
6:00 PM March 19
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Augsburg
March 20
Track & Field
at Westmont Multis
TBA March 20
Women's Tennis
vs. TBA
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
3:00 PM March 20
Baseball
at Chapman
3:30 PM March 20
Men's Tennis
at Occidental
March 21
Track & Field
at Westmont
March 21
Track & Field
at Lewis & Clark Spring Break Invitational
11:00 AM March 21
Men's Tennis
at Vassar
12:00 PM March 21
Baseball
at Chapman
4:30 PM March 21
Baseball
at Chapman
10:00 AM March 22
Softball
at Trinity (Texas)
12:00 PM March 22
Softball
at Trinity (Texas)
12:00 PM March 22
Baseball
at Chapman
1:00 PM March 22
Women's Tennis
vs. Elmhurst
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
March 02
7th of 15 Cal East Bay Invitational
@ Hiddenbrook CC in Vallejo, Calif.
Final - 5 innings March 01
Softball
W, 16-7 vs. Puget Sound
Final March 01
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 at Bellevue College
Final March 01
Baseball
W, 6-4 vs. Willamette
Final March 01
Softball
W, 7-0 vs. Puget Sound
Final March 01
Men's Tennis
W, 9-0 at Puget Sound
Final February 28
Women's Basketball
W, 66-61 vs. Puget Sound
Northwest Conference Tournament Finals
Final February 28
Baseball
L, 6-0 vs. Willamette
Final - 5 innings February 28
Softball
W, 15-5 vs. Pacific Lutheran
Final February 28
Women's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Pacific Lutheran
Final February 28
Men's Tennis
W, 9-0 at Pacific Lutheran
Final February 28
Softball
W, 3-1 vs. Pacific Lutheran
Final February 28
Baseball
L, 11-1 vs. Willamette
Final February 28
Track & Field
Final at SPU Final Qualifier
Final February 27
Women's Lacrosse
W, 12-2 at Southwestern (Texas)
Final February 27
Women's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Puget Sound
Final February 26
Women's Basketball
W, 78-64 vs. Whitman
NWC Tournament - Semifinal Round
Final February 26
Women's Lacrosse
W, 22-14 at Southwestern (Texas)
Final February 22
Baseball
W, 4-0 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final February 22
Men's Tennis
W, 5-4 vs. Whitworth
Final February 22
Women's Tennis
L, 7-2 at Whitworth
Final February 21
Baseball
W, 12-1 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final February 21
Men's Tennis
L, 5-4 vs. Whitman
Final February 21
Baseball
W, 5-1 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final February 21
Women's Tennis
L, 9-0 at Whitman
Final February 20
Men's Basketball
L, 84-60 vs. Lewis & Clark
Final February 20
Women's Basketball
W, 74-43 vs. Lewis & Clark
Final February 17
Men's Basketball
L, 84-72 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final February 17
Women's Basketball
W, 70-41 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final February 15
Baseball
L, 7-3 at Concordia-Portland
Final February 15
Softball
L, 3-1 at Redlands
Final February 15
Softball
W, 4-2 at Redlands
February 15
Track & Field
Final at UW Indoor Open
Final February 14
Men's Basketball
L, 95-83 at Whitman
Final February 14
Women's Basketball
W, 73-65 at Whitman
Final February 14
Women's Tennis
L, 8-1 vs. La Verne
Final February 14
Softball
W, 5-3 at Pomona-Pitzer
Final February 14
Softball
W, 7-1 at Pomona-Pitzer
Final February 14
Baseball
L, 8-3 vs. Oregon Tech
@ Concordia-Portland
Final February 14
Women's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. College of Idaho
February 14
Track & Field
Final at Husky Classic
Final February 13
Men's Basketball
L, 90-76 at Whitworth
Final February 13
Softball
L, 1-0 at Chapman
Final - OT February 13
Women's Basketball
W, 53-52 at Whitworth
Final February 13
Softball
W, 5-3 at Chapman
February 13
Track & Field
Final at Husky Classic
Final February 12
Baseball
L, 9-8 vs. Corban
@ Wilsonville High School