Life Pacific Athletics holds a rich tradition of equipping champions for championships dating back half a century.
Life Pacific has a rich history of collegiate athletics dating to the 1940s. One of the reasons I believe athletics remains a significant part of the president’s vision is because of what it brings to us in terms of campus spirit, teambuilding, and practical understanding of how the Body of Christ functions.
Student athletes learn to apply spiritual disciplines in real time situations and learn to live life together, sharing the vision and values that are the foundation of our approach to biblical higher education.
Some of the world’s most successful leaders played college athletics and learned important life lessons along the way. Foursquare notables Paul Risser, Jack Hayford, Jack Hamilton, and Ron Mehl – among scores of others – began their ministry careers as student athletes at Life Pacific.
The Warrior Volleyball team of 1995 overcame great odds to claim a historic victory in Oklahoma City, Okla. when they captured the national title, the first women’s program at Life Pacific to earn a national championship. Team Captain Stacy Segawa Knapp, Cathe Cammarota, and Stephanie Shipman Stillwell received special honors that season from the NBCAA.
Our history of building champions for championships continues today. Since we first envisioned re-engaging intercollegiate athletics in 2013, and launching two NCCAA/PCAC teams in 2015, our programs have grown and blossomed, now with four men’s and six women’s NAIA teams.
The athletics plan envisions more growth of teams, including large team sports, over the next several years. The rapid growth we have experienced (and will continue to experience) is creating a great sense of excitement on campus and among alumni and is helping “brand” the college throughout the community.
At the same time, the complexities of building an outstanding athletics program in the context of a biblical university, launching in July 2019, can be challenging. Given the challenges, I am very pleased to announce that Mr. Mike Meyer, MA, our Vice President of Advancement, will assume executive leadership of athletics.
Mike brings a wealth of experience working in athletics, and was himself once an NCAA Division 1 athlete. He will continue to be the executive leading the office of advancement and alumni relations and we are grateful to add this area of passion to his portfolio at no additional cost to the college.
As we prepare for the future, we also celebrate our past success as we induct the 1995 Women’s Volleyball Team and Foursquare legend and beloved pastor Dr. Ron Mehl into the Life Pacific Hall of Fame.
Befitting the occasion, Life Pacific will unveil a new Hall of Fame wall and gym foyer area in the Hicks Student Center. Freshly painted with Warrior blue and gold, the space has been transformed to reflect a vibrant campus spirit. Legacy photos are peppered throughout the Hall of Fame and give visuals of athletics through the years, creating a sense of nostalgia and fun.
Additionally, life-size images of the “greats” mark the gym entryway celebrating both the past and present of Life Pacific’s athletic programs.
We are living in an historic season at Life Pacific. It’s a great day to celebrate memories of the past and to anticipate what God has in store for us as a biblical university. We anticipate future championships and champions to emerge as we prepare our students for spiritual vitality and academic success as they live life and work together to get things done for the glory of God.