Pacific's Schumann announces retirement
Pacific University director of athletics Ken Schumann has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2020. Schumann is in his 36th year as a member of the Pacific University athletic department and in his 16th year as director of athletics.
"Ken's nearly four decades of service to Pacific have been extraordinary," said Pacific University President Lesley Hallick. "On behalf of thousands of student-athletes, alumni, coaches and fans, we thank him for his tenure as a coach, mentor and leader."
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. In all, the number of student-athletes at Pacific has grown from approximately 280 to over 600.
The Portland native has been instrumental in the 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. 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.
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 school's 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, as long with instructing 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 the 1996-97 men's basketball team to the Northwest Conference Championship and a berth in the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
In 1993 and 1997 he was named Northwest Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and was honored as Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 1997.
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.
"I have been fortunate to work with many great people during my many years at Pacific and I appreciate the support the University has provided for athletics over the years," Schumann said. "We have accomplished many things that I am proud to have been a part of in regard to facility improvements, the Legends event, bringing back a top quality football program to the University and as a coach, the successes we had in the men's basketball program. I will always consider the most rewarding part of my time at Pacific to be with the student-athletes that I have had the privilege to work with and coach."
Subsequently, Pacific University announced the promotion of Keith Buckley from Assistant Athletic Director/Head Football Coach to Director of Athletics effective July 1st, 2020.
For the last 10 years, Buckley has served as the Boxers' head football coach. Prior to the 2018 season, he added assistant athletic director responsibilities.
Charged with the relaunch of the football program in August 2009, over the last 10 years Buckley has moved to third all-time in career wins among Pacific football head coaches behind Hall of Fame members, Paul Stagg and Frank Buckiewicz, Sr.
As an Assistant Athletic Director, Buckley has been a member of the Pacific University athletic department senior administrative team. He serves as the primary contact from the athletic department to the admissions staff. He also has led student-athlete success initiatives and the coordination of University-wide success and retention initiatives.
A native of Milpitas, California, Buckley and his wife, Kara, are the proud parents of two daughters, Kristen and Kaitlyn.
"I am very excited about the future of Pacific Athletics under the direction of Keith Buckley," said Schumann. "Keith will be a great leader for the Boxers moving forward."
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