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)

A Special Thank You

This page is dedicated to the volunteers at George Fox University for the countless hours they put in at home women’s basketball games. Not only have they devoted their time and service, but they also deliver the “Be Known” promise at George Fox.  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. 


Don Staples (Women's Public Announcer)

Many may know the voice of George Fox University’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year even if they don’t recognize him in person – or even remember seeing him. His voice is the one heard regularly in the Wheeler Sports Center, calling games for one of the best Division III basketball teams in the nation. Since the 1999-2000 season, Don Staples has been the volunteer public address announcer for George Fox women’s basketball home games. In 16 full seasons, with an average workload of 12 to 16 games a season, he has called more than 400 games for the Bruins, ranging from alumni contests to NCAA postseason tournaments. That amounts to more than 400 unpaid hours. Staples’ help with the Bruins actually began earlier, in 1996, when he began filling in as a backup PA announcer for four years. And prior to that, he dabbled in sports broadcasting, purchasing radio time from McMinnville station KLYC and lining up sponsors for one year to put 10 George Fox men’s games on the air as he called the play-by-play. A 1986 George Fox graduate, Staples also has helped his alma mater with leadership. In 1992 he began a three-year term on the Alumni Association Board, including one year as president.

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. 

Patty Findley (Women’s Basketball Official Scorer)

Patty has been with George Fox for the past 30 years and has served as the athletics department administrative assistant for the last 17 years. She is responsible for all aspects of office management, coordination of class schedules for the professors in the department of health and human performance, and supervision of the athletic department work-study students. She volunteers her time for all home women’s basketball games as the official scorer. She is a standout volunteer and even spends time taking turns in the concession stand when needed.