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 28
Track & Field
at Point Loma
March 28
Track & Field
GFU Rich Allen Invitational
March 28
Women's Golf
UCSC Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, Calif.
12:00 PM March 28
Softball
at Willamette
12:00 PM March 28
Baseball
at Pacific Lutheran
2:00 PM March 28
Softball
at Willamette
3:00 PM March 28
Baseball
at Pacific Lutheran
March 29
Women's Golf
UCSC Invitational
@ Pacific Grove Golf Links, Pacific Grove, Calif.
12:00 PM March 29
Softball
vs. Linfield
12:00 PM March 29
Baseball
at Pacific Lutheran
2:00 PM March 29
Softball
vs. Linfield
3:30 PM April 02
Men's Tennis
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
6:00 PM April 02
Women's Lacrosse
at Pacific (Ore.)
April 03
Track & Field
at Stanford Invitational
April 03
Men's Golf
2015 Whitman College Invitational
@ Wine Valley Golf Course
12:00 PM April 03
Softball
vs. Whitworth
12:00 PM April 03
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
2:00 PM April 03
Softball
vs. Whitworth
2:00 PM April 03
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
3:30 PM April 03
Women's Tennis
at Pacific (Ore.)
April 04
Track & Field
at Linfield Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational
April 04
Track & Field
at San Francisco State University Distance Carnival
April 04
Men's Golf
2015 Whitman College Invitational
@ Wine Valley Golf Course
11:00 AM April 04
Women's Tennis
vs. Willamette
12:00 PM April 04
Softball
vs. Whitworth
12:00 PM April 04
Baseball
vs. Puget Sound
12:00 PM April 04
Women's Lacrosse
at Linfield
1:00 PM April 04
Men's Tennis
vs. Willamette
2:00 PM April 04
Softball
vs. Whitworth
3:30 PM April 07
Baseball
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
5:00 PM April 08
Women's Lacrosse
vs. Pacific (Ore.)
April 11
Track & Field
Pacific Luau
@ Pacific University
April 11
Women's Golf
Northwest Conference Spring Classic
@ Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Tacoma, Wash.
April 11
Men's Golf
Spring Classic
@ Olympia CC, Olympia, Wash.
11:00 AM April 11
Women's Tennis
vs. Lewis & Clark
11:00 AM April 11
Men's Tennis
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM April 11
Softball
at Puget Sound
12:00 PM April 11
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
2:00 PM April 11
Softball
at Puget Sound
3:00 PM April 11
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
April 12
Women's Golf
Northwest Conference Spring Classic
@ Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Tacoma, Wash.
April 12
Men's Golf
Spring Classic
@ Olympia CC, Olympia, Wash.
12:00 PM April 12
Softball
at Pacific Lutheran
12:00 PM April 12
Baseball
at Lewis & Clark
12:00 PM April 12
Women's Tennis
vs. Linfield
1:00 PM April 12
Women's Lacrosse
at Puget Sound
1:00 PM April 12
Men's Tennis
at Linfield
2:00 PM April 12
Softball
at Pacific Lutheran
April 13
Track & Field
at NWC Multis
April 14
Track & Field
at NWC Multis
Final March 26
Women's Lacrosse
L, 11-8 vs. Oberlin
Final March 25
Softball
W, 6-5 at Schreiner
Final March 25
Softball
W, 5-0 at Schreiner
Final March 24
Men's Tennis
L, 5-4 vs. Rensselaer
Final March 24
Softball
W, 6-2 at Concordia (Texas)
Final March 24
Softball
W, 4-0 at Concordia (Texas)
Final March 24
Men's Tennis
L, 5-4 at Chapman
March 24
Men's Golf
15th of 15 West Cup
@ Beaumont, Calif.
Final March 23
Women's Tennis
L, 5-3 vs. Wis.-Eau Claire
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
March 23
Men's Golf
14th of 15 West Cup
@ Beaumont, Calif.
Final March 22
Softball
W, 7-5 at Trinity (Texas)
Final March 22
Softball
W, 6-1 at Trinity (Texas)
Final March 22
Women's Tennis
W, 9-0 vs. Elmhurst
@ Hilton Head, SC
Spring Break Tournament
Final March 22
Baseball
W, 6-1 at Chapman
Final March 21
Women's Basketball
L, 83-63 vs. Thomas More
@ Grand Rapids, Mich. (Calvin College)
NCAA Tournament Championship Game
Final March 21
Baseball
L, 8-6 at Chapman
Final March 21
Baseball
L, 8-2 at Chapman
Final March 21
Men's Tennis
L, 6-3 at Vassar
March 21
Track & Field
Final at Westmont
March 21
Track & Field
Final at Lewis & Clark Spring Break Invitational
Final March 20
Women's Basketball
W, 70-58 vs. Montclair St.
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Final Four
Final March 20
Men's Tennis
W, 7-2 at Occidental
Final March 20
Baseball
L, 4-1 at Chapman
March 20
Track & Field
Final at Westmont Multis
Final March 19
Women's Lacrosse
W, 18-5 vs. Augsburg
Cancelled March 19
Women's Tennis
vs. Scranton
@ Hilton Head, S.C.
March 19
Track & Field
Final at Westmont Multis
Final March 18
Men's Tennis
W, 7-2 vs. Ozarks (AR)
Final March 18
Women's Lacrosse
W, 16-6 vs. Calvin
Final March 18
Baseball
L, 11-8 at Corban
Final March 16
Women's Tennis
L, 5-4 vs. Schreiner
Final March 16
Baseball
W, 4-0 vs. Whitman
Final March 16
Women's Lacrosse
W, 15-9 at Whitman
Final March 16
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Schreiner
Final March 16
Baseball
L, 3-2 vs. Whitman
Final March 15
Baseball
W, 6-5 vs. Whitman
Final - 8 innings March 15
Softball
L, 8-7 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 15
Softball
W, 6-4 at Lewis & Clark
March 15
Women's Golf
1st of 7 George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
March 15
Men's Golf
5 of 7 Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
Final - 2OT March 14
Women's Lacrosse
L, 13-12 vs. Whittier
Final March 14
Women's Basketball
W, 78-63 vs. Calvin
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Elite 8
Final March 14
Women's Tennis
W, 6-3 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
March 14
Track & Field
Final at Indoor Nationals
March 14
Track & Field
Final Saints Open
@ Mt. Hood CC
March 14
Women's Golf
1st of 7 George Fox Westbrook Invitational
@ Westbrook Village, Peoria, Ariz.
March 14
Men's Golf
5 of 7 Lewis & Clark Invitational
@ Heron Lakes GC, Portland Ore.
Final - 5 innings March 13
Softball
W, 11-3 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 13
Men's Tennis
L, 7-2 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final - 5 innings March 13
Softball
W, 13-2 at Lewis & Clark
Final March 13
Women's Basketball
W, 77-73 vs. Texas-Dallas
@ Calvin (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
March 13
Track & Field
Final at Indoor Nationals
Final March 12
Women's Lacrosse
W, 17-11 vs. Ohio Wesleyan
Final March 10
Baseball
W, 9-6 vs. Lewis & Clark
Final March 09
Women's Lacrosse
W, 16-1 vs. St. Mary's (IN)