A Winning Tradition

 
  • 3 NAIA National Tournaments (1973, 1990, 1992)
  • 1 NAIA District Championship (1990)
  • 22 NAIA District Tournaments
  • 3 NAIA Top 25 National Rankings (1990, 1991, 1992)
  • 4 Northwest Conference Tournaments (1997-1998, 2009-2010, 2012-2013, 2016-17)
  • 2 Cascade Conference Tournaments (1994, 1995)
  • 2 NCCAA National Tournaments (1985, 1987)
  • 7 NCCAA Regional Tournaments (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
  • 1 NCCAA National Coach of the Year
  • 3 NAIA District Coaches of the Year
  • 2 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 17 All-Americans
  • 3 NBA Draft Picks  
 

A Special Thank You

This page is dedicated to the volunteers at George Fox University for the countless hours they put in at home men’s basketball games. Not only have they devoted their time and service, but they also deliver the “Be Known” promise.  Their history is rich and abundant at George Fox and their loyalty is much appreciated. The people mentioned below are the heartbeat of home games and we tip our caps to acknowledge and thank them for all their hard work. 

 

Larry Herrick (Men’s and Women’s Scoreboard Operator)

A former Bruin basketball standout who graduated from George Fox in 1972 with a degree in physical education, Larry Herrick has continued to serve the Bruin basketball program ever since. For more than three decades, he has worked thousands of hours at the scorer’s table as a scoreboard and shot clock operator for the men’s and women’s teams. He has traveled to away games to assist longtime Bruin statistician Mike “Biggs” Wirta, and has volunteered numerous times to drive various George Fox sports personnel and fans to games all over the Pacific Northwest. He has worked as a machinist specialist at A-dec in Newberg for more than 30 years and is an active member of the Church of the Nazarene, singing in the men’s choir and volunteering his services where there is a need.

Bob Dexter (Men’s and Women’s Shot Clock Operator)

A former student-athlete on the  baseball team, Bob Dexter reconnected with George Fox in 1997 and has donated both time and talent to help meet needs associated with the teams and facilities ever since. As a member of the university’s plant services department, he has built the lobby trophy case; remodeled two team rooms; helped remodel the baseball dugouts at Morse Field and the storage facility at the softball field; built the field markers used for home track meets; built cabinets in the athletic training room; and built the director of athletics’ “luxury box” in the Morse Field press box. He runs the long jump venue at home track meets and serves as the shot clock operator at all home basketball games. Bob has served on the Hall of Fame Selection Committee for the past several years and continually demonstrates a willingness to be involved in service capacities whenever needs arise.

Jim Jackson (The “Voice” of the men’s basketball team)

The “voice” of George Fox athletics almost continuously since 1975, Jim Jackson is a proven fan and a valued resource for staff, administration, players, coaches, alumni, students and fans of George Fox athletics. While a student-athlete on the soccer team, he began volunteering as an on-field course clerk and head finish line judge for home track meets. Upon graduation in 1975, he found an additional niche as an announcer for track and field and basketball. In 1986, he moved to Kansas to continue working in Christian higher education, but quickly picked up his role as a volunteer again for track and field and as an announcer for the men’s varsity basketball games with his return in 1990. While working first in student financial aid and later in development, he has become a fixture at Bruin home games, reliably and consistently filling the announcer’s chair, welcoming fans to the contests, giving a dynamic story of the game, and sending fans and student’s home at games end with an encouraging word and a welcome to the next home game. He has severed as the narrator for several athletic development projects, including building new athletic fields and facilities. He also has emceed several on-campus activities such as graduation and fundraising events.

Ron Mock (Men’s Basketball Official Scorer)

Ron has been with George Fox since 1985 and serves as the Associate Professor of Politics and Peace Studies. He is also a Prelaw Advisor. A writer of many books, Ron is no stranger in serving the Newberg community as he served on the board of Your Community Mediators of Yamhill County for 14 years. He is the official scorer of all home men’s basketball games and a loyal Bruin fan. 

Mike “Biggs” Wirta (The Guru of Stats for Men’s Basketball)

A 1974 graduate of George Fox, Mike Wirta, better known as “Biggs,” has a streak that is older than most seniors here at Fox. It all started back in 1968 after Wirta had recently graduated from Newberg High School. A friendship with a player drew Wirta in to old Hester Gym, and it didn’t take long before he was recruited as a sophomore to sit at his legendary front-row seat by then-coach Loren Miller. It was that same year on Dec. 15 that he missed his last home game due to military service. That is a span of 42 years of volunteering his time as the guru of stats for men’s basketball. Better known for his service around the campus with his custodial work, he has become one of the most recognizable figures at Fox. His knowledge of the university’s history and athletic department is unlimited. He remembers exact plays and numbers of players that date back decades ago. In fact, the game Wirta is most proud of occurred in the late 1980s at St. Martin’s College when the scoreboard broke. The score was consequently kept on a chalkboard while time was kept on someone’s stop watch. Wirta sat behind the timekeeper and asked for an update as each Bruin stepped on and off the court. After the game he was able to compile minutes of each player that played.