MaryJo McCloskey
MaryJo McCloskey
Title: Director of Golf and Women's Head Coach (2006-)
Phone: 503 554-2924
Email: mmccloskey@georgefox.edu

In the space of seven years, MaryJo McCloskey, the 2009-10 NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year and two-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, has turned a non-existent George Fox University program into one of the most dominant in the country with 4 straight top-10 finishes nationally and 4 straight northwest conference titles.

McCloskey initiated the George Fox program for the 2006-07 and by their second season, the Bruins had a winning record and finished fifth in the NWC. During their third season, the team posted another winning record, including four multi-team tournaments wins, and even secured a brief listing in the NCAA Division III national ratings.

George Fox women’s golf finally made its presence known on the national scene during the 2009-10 season as the Bruins went 65-9, shared their first NWC championship with Whitworth University, and were ranked No. 7 in the final regular season national ratings by Golf World magazine and the-then National Golf Coaches Association (now the Women’s Golf Coaches Association).  Receiving their first bid to the NCAA Division III National Championships as an at-large entry, the Bruins finished eighth at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., and McCloskey was named the West Region Coach of the Year by the NGCA.

In 2010-11, George Fox won seven tournaments and captured its second straight Northwest Conference title, with McCloskey receiving her first NWC Coach of the Year award. The Bruins were ranked No. 7 by Golf World and the NGCA in the final regular-season ratings before placing 12th in their second straight NCAA Division III National Championship at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

In 2011-12, the Bruins compiled a 74-23 record, captured six tournament titles, finished second twice, and won the NWC championship for the third year in a row, sharing top honors with Whitman College.  Again earning an at-large bid to the NCAA National Championship, the Bruins finished seventh at the tournament in Angola, Ind.  They were ranked No. 7 in the nation in the final Golf World / WGCA Division III poll.

The 2012-13 was the Bruins’ best season yet as they went 81-20 while playing more Division II teams, won eight tournament titles including all three NWC events, and secured the NWC championship for the fourth year in a row.  McCloskey received her second NWC Coach of the Year award for that achievement.  The Bruins earned their fourth straight trip to the NCAA National Championship, where they took home a NCAA trophy by finishing fourth, their highest finish to date, at the Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla.  In the final Golf World / WGCA poll, George Fox was ranked third.

During McCloskey’s short seven-year tenure at George Fox, the program has already produced the 2012-13 National Player of the Year,  four All-Americans, including two First Team and two Second Team selections, nine All-Region selections, and 15 All-Conference players.  The program has also produced 5 All-American Scholar-Athletes.

McCloskey joined the Bruin staff in the spring of 2006 after eight years building a strong women’s team at Lewis & Clark College. Under her guidance, the Pioneers placed second in the NWC championship for three consecutive seasons from 2003-05. The program produced one NWC individual champion, two NWC Fall Classic individual champions, one Academic All-American, and numerous All-Conference players. In 2002, she coached the NCAA Division III Freshman of the Year. She also has served for several years on the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship Selection Committee.  In 2013, McCloskey was elevated to role of director of golf overseeing the development of both the men’s and women’s golf teams at the university.

A graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Ore., where she played varsity golf for four years, McCloskey went on to play in the collegiate ranks at the University of Oregon.  She joined Lewis & Clark as an assistant golf coach in 1996, becoming head coach the following year.

A member of the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore., McCloskey has competed in several amateur tournaments in the Pacific Northwest, including the Oregon Amateur, the Oregon Coast Invitational, and the Pacific Northwest Amateur. A three-time club champion, she maintains a single-digit handicap.  

McCloskey serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Course, a non-profit golf course affiliated with the First Tee of Portland, which is dedicated to providing golfing opportunities for youth. She is a member of Tournament Golf Foundation, Inc., which brings the LPGA Safeway Classic to Portland each year, raising thousands of dollars for local charities. She also worked for Peter Jacobsen’s Fred Meyer Challenge golfing event for 15 years.

McCloskey has a bachelor of arts in marketing from the University of Oregon, and completed a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Portland in 1989.  She and her husband Rick, also an avid golfer, reside in Tualatin, Ore.

"I was very excited about the tremendous opportunity to build a women's golf program here," said McCloskey when she was offered the position at George Fox. “I believe golf teaches so many life skills, and it is rewarding to combine it with the values that George Fox upholds and provide women student-athletes with the chance to play and compete."

 

Honors
2009-10 NCAA Division III Region 5 (West) Coach of the Year
2010-11 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2012-13 Northwest Conference Coach of the Year

A Winning Tradition

 
  • 5 NCAA D-III National Championship Tournaments (2010-8th; 2011-12th; 2012-7th; 2013-4th; 2014-9th)
  • 5 Northwest Conference Champions (2010; 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014)
  • 5 Top 25 National Rankings (2010-7th; 2011-7th; 2012-7th; 2013-5th; 2014-10th)
  • 6 straight winning seasons (2009-14)
  • 461-155 (.748), 43 tournament wins in program's 8 seasons
  • 5 All-Americans, 10 All-West Region players, 19 All-Conference players
  • One PING National Player of the Year
  • One WGCA National Freshman of the Year
  • 4 NWC Players of the Year
  • One West Region Coach of the Year award
  • 3 NWC Coach of the Year awards
  • 5 NGCA All-American Scholars, 3 Academic All-District student-athletes
 
October 12
Women's Golf
1st of 6 Culturame Classic
@ The Reserve GC, Aloha, OR
October 11
Women's Golf
1st of 6 Culturame Classic
@ The Reserve GC, Aloha, OR
October 05
Women's Golf
T-4 Golfweek Div. II Preview
@ SunRiver, OR
18 holes
September 15
Women's Golf
2nd of 10 O'Brien National Invitational
@ Warren GC, Notre Dame, IN
September 14
Women's Golf
4th of 10 O'Brien National Invitational
@ Warren GC, Notre Dame, IN
October 25
Women's Golf
NWC Fall Classic
@ Chehalem Glenn GC, Newberg, OR
October 26
Women's Golf
NWC Fall Classic
@ Chehalem Glenn GC, Newberg, OR