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Athletics News

Athletics reunions keep growing

This is a big year for reunions, partially because several athletics departments are organizing festivities on and around Reunion Weekend. Alumni should use use the coach contact information below for questions and to express interest.

Events occurring on Reunion Weekend (Sept. 24-26):

Men's rugby "Old Boys" match: alumni vs. current team
Coach: Mike Scott (mjspdx@aol.com)

Baseball reunion and alumni game: alumni vs. current team
Coach: Aaron Swick (aswick@willamette.edu or 503-370-6011)

Men's basketball reunion (years 1974-77)
Coach: Kip Ione (kione@willamette.edu or 503-370-6063)

Events to occur on other dates:

Oct. 2: Men's and women's tennis reunion
Coach: Becky Roberts (rbrobert@willamette.edu or 503-370-6804)

Oct. 9: Softball alumni day
Coach: Damian Williams (williamr@willamette.edu or 503-370-6656)

Oct. 16: Men's and women's swimming meet and alumni tailgate
Coach: Leslie Shevlin (lshevlin@willamette.edu or 503-370-6601)

Date TBA: Men's basketball reunion event (all years)
Coach: Kip Ione (kione@willamette.edu or 503-370-6063)

FORE Willamette golf tourney returns Sept. 13

FORE logoThe annual FORE Willamette golf tournament will take place Sept. 13 this year at Willamette Valley Country Club. Spaces are filling up, but interested parties can still register for a spot and a teetime. The registration deadline is Sept. 9.

The popular tournament is a primary fundraiser each year for the Department of Athletics; it helps provide crucial support for programming, team travel, uniforms and other needs.

This year's event again includes lunch, a long-drive contest, and a post-round silent auction.

Visit the FORE website

FB ImageFootball ready for upcoming season; Chronicle of Higher Education highlights Coach Speckman

Bearcat football, ranked #18 in the country for Division III by D3football.com, is looking ahead with optimism to the coming fall season. The team recently completed a pre-season Cardinal and Gold Scrimmage, in which nearly every player got useful field time at McCulloch Stadium.

Furthermore, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently highlighted Coach Mark Speckman's inspirational legacy and successful career — both on the field and on the speaking circuit.

Speckman, who was born without hands, has "spent a career defying the odds," and now shares motivational words with a wide variety of audiences around the globe, according to the article.

He is entering his 13th season as head coach, and has led the Bearcats to a 19-3 cumulative record over the last two seasons.

The season opener against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is set for this Saturday; the first home game takes place Sept. 18 against Southern Oregon University.

Full football schedule and updates