Ken Schumann, now in his 35th year as a member of the Pacific University (Oregon) athletic department, is in his 15th year as Director of Athletics having served as head of the department since 2004.
Under Schumann’s leadership, Boxer athletics has experienced an unprecedented period of growth and success. Six varsity programs, football, women’s lacrosse, men’s swimming, indoor track and field and women’s rowing have been added under his watch as well as junior varsity programs in baseball, softball men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. During his tenure as athletic director the number of student-athletes at Pacific has grown from around 280 to over 650.
Schumann has spearheaded a major expansion and renovation of the University’s athletics facilities, most notably the $11.5 million Lincoln Park Athletic Complex. Completed in 2008 as a partnership between Pacific University and the City of Forest Grove, the complex resulted in new facilities for the University’s football, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, baseball and softball programs. These facilities are considered to be among the finest in the United States at the small college level. As proof of the quality of the Lincoln Park facilities, in 2009 the softball complex was recognized as Field of the Year in all of NCAA Division’s II and III by the NFCA. He also oversaw construction of the Holce Tennis Courts complex, which received a Distinguished Tennis Facility Award by the American Sports Builders Association in 2009.
Other significant capital projects which have been spearheaded by Schumann in recent years are the conversion of the Stoller Center fieldhouse floor surface from tartan to field turf, providing Pacific student-athletes with the only turfed indoor practice facility at the small college level in the northwest, a new roof over Hanson Stadium, a state-of-the art clubhouse for Pacific’s baseball and softball programs, an indoor workout facility for the Boxer’s rowing program, a new video scoreboard at Hanson Stadium which is the largest in the Northwest Conference and the Boxer Learning Center, a high-tech meeting space featuring HD large-screen video displays for team video sessions.
Most recently, Schumann has overseen the addition of a new turf field at Hanson Stadium (Ledbetter Field) and the conversion of the infield at Bafaro Stadium to an artificial turf surface.
Schumann has been successful in expanding departmental budgets and adding full-time assistant coaches to the staff as well as converting all but one head coaching position to full-time status.
As a successful fundraiser for the athletic program, Schumann partnered with Pacific Trustee Tommy Thayer to create the Legends Classic in 2007 which raised over 3.5 million dollars for Pacific athletics during its ten year run. He also restarted the schools athletics booster club known as Boxer Club which has grown to be a vibrant organization and a major source of support for the athletic program.
In 2011, Schumann was honored as the College Division Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).
Schumann began his career at Pacific in 1984, serving as assistant men’s basketball coach and sports information director and well as an instructor in the physical education program. He was promoted to associate athletic director and head men’s basketball coach in 1992 a capacity he served in for 13 years.
He is the winningest coach in Pacific men’s basketball history and led his 1996-97 basketball team to the Northwest Conference Championship and a berth in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. That team achieved a No. 5 national ranking, the highest in school history. Schumann’s Boxers returned to the national tournament in 2000 in NCAA Division III.
Schumann was named Northwest Conference Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1997 and was honored as Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 1997. He also served on the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball National Committee from 2008-12 and served as chair of the committee in 2012.
A native of Portland, Schumann graduated from George Fox University in 1981 and received his MST from Portland State University in 1985. Schumann and his wife Linda reside in Cornelius.