Michael Meek, the 2011-12 D3hoops.com NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, became the fastest coach in George Fox history to reach 100 wins in just a five year span. Meek will enter his seventh season at the head of the program with a demanding overall record of 159-21 in six seasons.
He is currently third on the All-Divisions (NCAA Div. I, II, III) winningest active coaches list.
Last season (2015-16), Meek led the Bruins to their second straight perfect season in the Northwest Conference with a 16-0 record. The Bruins completed their 23rd straight winning season with an overall record of 29-1. They made their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the “Sweet 16” to Texas Tyler in overtime. The Bruins enjoyed their 11th Northwest Conference Championship and ninth straight berth into the NWC Tournament. The Bruins were ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll and held onto that ranking for the entire season. Justine Benner was named All-NWC first team and D3hoops.com All-West Region as a first team selection. She finished her career fifth All-Time in Career Scoring (1,504). Sammy Naluai went on to hold the best single-season free throw percentage in all of Division III at 90.0% from the stripe. Naluai was also an All-NWC first team selection. Kaitlin Jamieson received All-NWC second team, while Kimberly Frost was named All-NWC honorable mention. Meek earned his 150th career win on February 5, 2016 in a win over Pacific Lutheran, 62-60.
In 2014-15, Meek led an undefeated Bruin squad to its 10th Northwest Conference championship. The Bruins earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, where they reached the championship game after defeating Montclair State 70-58 in the Final Four. The Bruins finished as the NCAA Div. III runner-up after falling to Thomas More in a physical and competitive game. The Bruins had three players honored as Lauren Codling, Jami Morris and Justine Benner were named to the All-NWC list and D3hoops.com All-West Region Team. The Bruins achieved a ranking of No. 3 in the nation after being left out of the preseason poll. They finished the season with 32-1 record and a perfect 16-0 mark in conference play. Meek was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in his five years in the conference.
In the 2013-14 season, Meek continued the Bruins’ success with a 22-5 record and 13-3 conference record to push the winning seasons record to 21 straight. The Bruins earned an eighth straight berth to the Northwest Conference Tournament, and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the first round to Whitworth, 51-71.
In the 2012-13 season, Meek directed the Bruins to their 20th straight winning record as they went 19-7 overall and tied for third in the conference at 12-4, earning a seventh straight berth to the NWC Tournament, where they fell to eighth-ranked Lewis & Clark in the semifinals. The Bruins went 2-0 vs. NAIA opponents and won two games in the Azusa Pacific Invitational against teams transitioning to the NCAA Division II; went 2-0 in the Hampton Inn Classic in Santa Cruz, Calif.; and had winning streaks of seven and six games during the season.
In 2011-12, he directed the Bruins to the cusp of their second national championship, guiding them to a 32-0 record and into the NCAA Division III title game, where a devastating knee injury to All-American center Hannah Munger early in the contest led to an eventual 57-48 loss to Illinois Wesleyan University. The Bruins finished with a 32-1 record, equaling the school record for wins set by the 2008-09 national championship team. Along the way, the Bruins posted a perfect 16-0 conference record for the third time in four years, earned a sixth straight NWC crown, a fourth straight NWC Tournament title, a fourth straight trip to the “Elite 8”, and second “Final Four” trip in team history. The Bruins were ranked No. 2 in both the D3hoops.com and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association final polls, even earning one final first-place vote in the WBCA poll despite that final loss in the championship game.
As a result of the Bruins’ outstanding season, Meek was also named the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year for the first time, the Russell Athletic / WBCA Region 2 Coach of the Year, and was a finalist for the WBCA’s National Coach of the Year award.
Meek guided his 2010-11 team to a 25-6 overall record and a 14-2 Northwest Conference mark that earned the team a share of its fifth straight conference crown. After winning the NWC Tournament in overtime over co-champion Lewis & Clark College, the Bruins made their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, reaching the “Elite 8” round for the third consecutive year (the 2008-09 team went on to win the Bruins’ first national championship). George Fox was ranked sixth in the final USA Today/ESPN/Women’s Basketball Coaches of America poll and 12th in the D3hoops.com final poll.
After five years at George Fox, Meek has a record of 130-20 (.867). In that time, his players have earned four All-America awards, seven All-West Region awards, and 16 All-NWC honors.
The George Fox women's program has won or shared 10 Northwest Conference crowns in the past 15 years, made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, reached the ‘Sweet 16’ eight times, the ’Elite 8’ six times, and won the national title in 2008-09 with a perfect 32-0 record.
Before his time at George Fox, Meek was busy leading Southridge High School in Beaverton, Ore., to five Oregon large-school classification state titles in a six-year span between 2005 and 2010.
Meek began his coaching career at La Grande (Ore.) High School, where he went 51-21 (.708) in three years (1997-2000). In 10 seasons at Southridge (2000-10), he was 213-58 (.786) for a career record of 264-79 (.770).
Southridge captured state titles under Meek in the Oregon 4A classification in 2005 and 2006, the highest level in the state at that time, and in the new 6A level in 2007, 2008, and 2010. The Skyhawks were regularly listed in the USA Today and MaxPreps national rankings, and this past spring were recognized by MaxPreps as one of the top 10 high school programs in the nation.
Meek earned a slew of coaching awards during his time at Southridge, including the 2006 MaxPrep National Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year. He was named the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year four times (‘05, ‘06, ‘07, and ’10), and State Coach of the Year by the Oregonian newspaper twice (’05 and ’10). He was league Coach of the Year six times (’00, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘09, and ’10). Nineteen of his players have gone on to play college basketball.
Meek also developed the Nike Northwest Girls’ Basketball Invitational, which attracts some of the top high school teams on the West Coast. He has published articles in Women’s Basketball magazine, developed three basketball coaching instructional videos, and was a speaker at the Best of the West Coaches Clinics in Seattle, Wash., for three years (2006-08).
In taking the George Fox position, Meek admitted that “I had had some back-and-forth thoughts about college coaching before, but the George Fox situation was just a perfect fit for me and my family. What the institution believes in and stands for is what I believe in and stand for as well. I am confident I can that I can continue the winning tradition that has been established here, because my coaching philosophy is like Coach Rueck’s - it is not as much about wins and losses, about success, as it is about the journey, about relationships, about the process. If we have hard work, dedication, and commitment, then the wins and losses will take care of themselves.”
In addition to his coaching duties, Meek teaches and performs other roles in the department of Health and Human Performance at George Fox.
A native of Puyallup, Wash., Meek played basketball at Tacoma Community College and Eastern Oregon University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and health in 1999. He earned his master of arts in teaching from Grand Canyon University in 2004.
Meek and his wife Lisa reside in Beaverton with their daughters McKelle and Audrey. The Meeks attend Beaverton Foursquare Church.
2011-12 - NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year (D3hoops)
2011-12 - Finalist, NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year (Russell Athletic/WBCA)
2011-12 - NCAA Division III Region 2 Coach of the Year (Russell Athletic/WBCA)
2011-12 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2014-15 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
1st win - 87-61 vs. Corban, 11/16/2010
50th win - 75-59 at Pacific Lutheran, 2/18/2012
100th win - 74-47 vs. La Verne 11/16/2014