Although collegiate sports are not for everyone, my experience as an athlete has been a worthwhile investment. Despite the year-round time, energy, and effort that collegiate sports require on top of an already jammed student schedule, many of my favorite college memories derive from my involvement on the Track & Field team.
“I’ve really enjoyed and fallen in love with NNU’s mission of transforming the whole person,” says Director of Athletics Kelli Lindley. “There’s a depth to what we try to do here. Our goal is to create a balance so student-athletes grow in every area of their lives—first and foremost that they grow to love the Lord more.”
After returning from a mission trip to Masaya, three baseball players discover a love for missional service and the country of Nicaragua.
Hired in May, Scott Flemming brings a 440-273 career collegiate coaching record with him to the Northwest Nazarene sidelines along with two National Coach of the Year awards and a Christian College National Championship.
Crusader student-athletes excelled well beyond just the playing fields and gym floors during the 2014-15 season. Last July, Northwest Nazarene University Athletics claimed an unprecedented honor as the Crusaders swept the season-long Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Sports title for the fifth time, tying for the most academic titles in league history.
Payton Lewis set the bar high on his track & field career.The freshman from Nampa Christian High earned two NCAA Division II National Championships berths, won three Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles and set five school records during 2014-15.
Bryan Neba is a soccer player, a soldier and a nursing student. He understands the unique opportunities he has at NNU and as a Division 2 athlete because his current path would have been impossible in his native Cameroon.
When Linnea is not donning her scrubs and listening to heart beats, she plays for the Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders, a team that recently clinched the conference title of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and now begins the fight for a national championship as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA West Regional tournament.
When alum Doug Money returned to NNU for the track and field reunion, he shared an amazing story of a passion for running that can't be stopped no matter the challenges.
Taylor VanValey defines success on and off the court. She is just one of NNU's outstanding players tearing up the court this season.