Nov 26, 2018

All In - A Window Into George Fox Women's Basketball

A Winning Tradition

  • NCAA D-III National Champions (2009)
  • Three NCAA "Final Four" appearances (2009, 2012, 2015)
  • Six NCAA "Elite 8" appearances (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015)
  • Nine NCAA "Sweet 16" appearances (2000, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • 14 NCAA National Tournament appearances in 18 years (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • 12 Northwest Conference Championships (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • 25 straight winning seasons (1994-2018)
  • 14 Top 25 national rankings (2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Three NCAA Division III National Coaches of the Year
  • Six NCAA Division III Region Coaches of the Year
  • 11 Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 20 All-Americans
  • One Academic All-American
  • Three Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Finalists (Justine Benner - 2015, Keisha Gordon - 2012, Katy Campbell - 2008)
  • One Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year Winner (Kristen Shielee - 2009)
  • One George Fox Pasero Team of the Year (2009)
  • One Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year Award (Scott Rueck - 2009 finalist)

By Tavin Headings

If there's one thing I appreciate about my student-athlete experience at George Fox, it's the fact that, win or lose, we've got each other's backs – and there is always someone there to listen when things aren't going your way.

I quickly found this out my freshman year when I came to basketball practice feeling homesick on a day I had just returned from a visit to my hometown of Hermiston, Oregon. After missing a couple lay-ups and not getting other things down earlier in the practice, I was feeling more frustrated than normal. Head coach Mike Meek noticed and, in the middle of drills, pulled me aside and asked me, "Tavin, how are you feeling?" I burst into tears as any tired, homesick freshman would, and he led me into his office, listened to me, and filled me with confidence and encouragement.

It's moments like that I will never forget. Now, as my journey here winds down, I want nothing more than to enjoy every moment and live like I'm experiencing the greatest days of my life.

Collectively, we have fought through adversity and claimed victories, both big and small, on and off the court. Some wins demanded more out of us emotionally, mentally and physically than others. Regardless of what we have had to overcome, we've enjoyed our share of success, not only in terms of wins and losses but in the areas of growth and team chemistry.

We have discovered that our chemistry begins when we lay down our own expectations and decide to be all in for each other. Every day is a grind. Or, as Coach Meek would put it, "The season is a marathon, not a sprint." This process is difficult; it demands sacrifice, but it is so rewarding.

We are all in for the team when we come to practice with the goal of getting better each day, even when the process can be long and exhausting.

We are all in when we lift each other up.

We are all in when we show up to practice 30 minutes early to go over plays and spend extra time working on backdoor passes or finishing at the rim with our weak hand.

We are all in when we invite each other over for study dates in the middle of the semester, or plan coffee dates before the season starts.

Most importantly, we are all in by investing in each other. No matter how well we can dribble the ball, trap on the press, or shoot three-pointers, true success comes from the love we show to one another.

It's something I cherish as a student-athlete at George Fox: The love we have for each other and the game itself.

"Beyond all these things, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity." - Colossians 3:14