Michael Meek
Michael Meek
Title: Head Coach (2010-)
Phone: 503-554-2920
Email: mmeek@georgefox.edu

Michael Meek, the 2011-12 D3hoops.com NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, enters his fourth season as the head coach of the George Fox University women’s basketball program in 2013-14, having successfully transitioned to the college ranks after leading Southridge High School of Beaverton, Ore., to five Oregon large-school classification state titles in a six-year span between 2005 and 2010.

 

Replacing 14-year veteran Scott Rueck, who had taken over the women’s program at his alma mater, Oregon State University, Meek kept the wheels spinning smoothly at George Fox in 2010-11 as he guided the Bruins 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.

 

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 fifth straight trip to the “Sweet 16” round of the NCAA National Tournament, a fourth straight trip to the “Elite 8”, and to the second “Final Four” 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.

 

This past 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 semi-finals. 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.   

 

After three years at George Fox, Meek has a record of 76-14 (.844).  In that time, his players have earned three All-America awards, four All-West Region awards, and 10 All-NWC honors. 

 

When Meek inherited the George Fox program, he took over a perennial national power that has won or shared nine Northwest Conference crowns in the past 14 years, made nine NCAA Tournament appearances, reached the ‘Sweet 16’ seven times, the ’Elite 8’ four times, and won the national title in 2008-09 with a perfect 32-0 record. 

 

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.”

 

“We have hired arguably Oregon’s most successful current high school girls’ basketball coach,” said Craig Taylor, director of athletics at George Fox, when announcing the hiring of Meek. “I can’t imagine a better fit for our university.  We’re excited about his basketball credentials, but we’re also excited about the ways he will invest in the lives of our students off the court as well.”

 

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. 

 

Michael Meek’s Coaching Record

 

Year

School

Overall

Pct.

Conf.

Pct.

Highlights

1997-2000

(3 yrs)

La Grande

(Ore.) HS

51-21

.708

 
 
 

2000-10

(10 yrs)

Southridge

(Ore.) HS

213-58

.786

 
 

State champions (4A - 2005, 2006;

6A - 2007, 2008, 2010)

HS Totals

(13 yrs)

 

264-79

.770

 
 
 

2010-11

George Fox

25-6

.806

14-2

.875

(1st T)

NWC Tournament 1st (2-0), NCAA “Elite 8”

(3-1), #6 (WBCA), #12 (D3hoops)

2011-12

George Fox

32-1

.970

16-0

1.000 (1st)

NWC Tournament 1st (2-0), NCAA national runner-up (5-1), #2 (WBCA, D3hoops)

2012-13

George Fox

19-7

.731

12-4

.800

(3rd T)

NWC Tournament 3rd T (0-1)

GFU Totals

(3 yrs)

 

76-14

.844

42-6

.875

 

Career Totals

(16 yrs)

 

340-93

.785

 

 

 
 

Honors

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

 

Milestones

1st win - 87-61 vs. Corban, 11/16/2010

50th win - 75-59 at Pacific Lutheran, 2/18/2012

 

Meek vs. All Opponents

 

Team

Overall

Home

Road

Neutral

Amherst College

1-0

-

-

1-0

Azusa Pacific University

1-0

-

1-0

-

Bowdoin College

1-0

-

-

1-0

California Lutheran University

3-0

1-0

2-0

-

California-Santa Cruz, University of

1-0

-

1-0

-

Chapman University

3-1

2-0

-

1-1

Colorado College

1-0

1-0

-

-

Concordia University-Portland

2-1

1-0

1-1

-

Corban University

2-0

2-0

-

-

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham

1-0

-

-

1-0

Idaho, College of

1-0

-

1-0

-

Illinois Wesleyan University

0-2

-

-

0-2

La Verne, University of

1-0

-

-

1-0

Lewis & Clark College

6-4

4-1

2-3

-

Linfield College

6-0

3-0

3-0

-

Louisiana College

1-0

-

-

1-0

Mary Washington, University of

1-0

-

1-0

-

Northwest University (Wash.)

1-0

1-0

-

-

Occidental College

1-0

-

-

1-0

Pacific University (Ore.)

6-0

3-0

3-0

-

Pacific Lutheran University

6-0

3-0

3-0

-

Point Loma Nazarene University

1-0

-

-

1-0

Puget Sound, University of

7-1

5-0

2-1

-

Redlands, University of

0-1

-

0-1

-

Saint Mary’s College (Ind.)

1-0

-

-

1-0

Southern Oregon University

1-0

1-0

-

-

Spalding University

1-0

-

-

1-0

Warner Pacific College

1-0

1-0

-

-

Westminster University-Salt Lake City

0-1

-

-

0-1

Whitman College

5-1

3-0

2-1

-

Whitworth University

5-1

3-0

2-1

-

Willamette University

6-0

3-0

3-0

-

Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of

1-0

-

1-0

-

Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of

0-1

-

-

0-1

Worcester State College

1-0

-

-

1-0

Totals (3 yrs)

76-14

(.844)

37-1

(.974)

28-8

(.778)

11-5

(.688)

A Winning Tradition

 
  • NCAA D-III National Champions (2009)
  • Two NCAA "Final Four" appearances (2009, 2012)
  • Five NCAA "Elite 8" appearances (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Seven NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances (2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 10 NCAA National Tournament appearances in 15 years (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
  • Nine Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • 21 straight winning seasons (1994-2014)
  • 10 Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014)
 
Final March 07
Women's Basketball
L, 71-51 vs. Whitworth
@ Walla Walla, Wash.
NCAA Tournament First Round
Final February 27
Women's Basketball
L, 74-55 vs. Whitworth
Northwest Conference Tournament Semifinal
Final February 22
Women's Basketball
W, 89-42 vs. Willamette
Final February 21
Women's Basketball
W, 74-61 at Puget Sound
Final February 18
Women's Basketball
W, 66-48 vs. Lewis & Clark
Postponed by snow from Feb. 8
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