GFU's Legacy League will host its 119th luncheon this week and will feature a person familiar to Bruin sports fans

SUBMITTED PHOTO - George Fox track and field coach John Smith is the next speaker at the GFU Legacy Luncheon, set for Wednesday.

George Fox University's Legacy League will host its 119th luncheon this week and this year's featured speaker is a familiar face to Bruin sports fans.

Track and field coach John Smith will speak to the Legacy League as part of its luncheon. Smith won NCAA Division III coach of the year honors last year and is one of the most successful track coaches in the country, according to a release by the Newberg school.

The women's track team at GFU won the Division III national championship in 2018, marking the third national title in the school's athletic history.

Smith will speak to the Legacy League at an event open to the public at noon Friday at the Canyon Commons on GFU's campus. Reservations for the luncheon are $10 and must be made by Wednesday (Sept. 25). For information on how to reserve your spot, contact Judy Woolsey at 503-538-7314 or Connie Magee at 503-927-5011. Information is also available online at

"The Legacy League, until a year ago known as the George Fox Auxiliary, was renamed but without a change in mission or purpose," the release stated. "Through its activities it raises funds for student scholarships. Last year it raised more than $25,000. Each year its endowment fund provides three scholarships."

Smith will discuss his coaching career and "his development of teams and milestones, and a brief history of his time as a George Fox as an athlete," the release said. Joining him in speaking will be heptathlete Annie Wright, who won the Division III national title in the heptathlon this year.

"(Wright) is an eight-time NCAA All-American and was a member of George Fox's 2018 NCAA Division III national champion track and field team and third-place 2019 team," the release said. "She was this year's indoor and outdoor national champion in the pentathlon and heptathlon."

A health and human performance graduate, Wright is pursuing a master of arts in teaching degree to become a secondary school physical education teacher.

The statistics of Smith's tenure as head track coach speak for themselves. In 11 years, the GFU program has produced 16 All-Americans on the men's side and 26 for the women's team – seven of whom were national champions.

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