Four years ago, Pacific University football was reinstated with a team of freshmen. Those freshmen took a brand new team from start-up to a winning season in 2013. As the founding players prepare to graduate, they look back at four years of perseverance, growth and success.Sean Dalton (2014) | Student
While the story of the first class will be remembered, the Boxer football team will continue to strive for success in our absence.
I know I speak on behalf of every senior and coach when I say that we are excited to see the future success that the younger guys have ahead of them. The legacy we aim to leave behind as a senior class can already be seen in the talent and proficiency that these young Boxers have displayed. While many of us are sad to go, we know that this program will only grow.
Because of the coaches and players who stuck it out with me over the past four years, my commitment to Pacific University has been an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I will miss my Pacific family dearly, and I will always remain loyal to the Boxer Nation.
“... All the adversity we faced helped us to grow as a team. We always fought together and stayed the course. ... The success that we have had this year has just made the whole journey worth it. The experience I have had at Pacific has helped me be humble in our successes and give God all the glory. I am a better man now than I was when I first got here. I have learned lessons that I will take away from here and implement them in my everyday life. ... The most important thing that I take away from this experience is all of the brothers I have made. Fighting day in and day out on the gridiron with these guys has helped us all forge bonds that will last forever. ... I will never forget the times we spent battling together.”
— T.C. Campbell ’14
“As I look back on my football career at Pacific, I cannot help but smile knowing we will leave Pacific as champions. ... At the end of the day, being a true ‘champion’ is about more than football. It’s about being a person you can look at in the mirror and know in your heart you have made a positive impact on someone other than yourself. We have done this as a program. We are champions."
— Bryce Kershner ’14
Aug. 14, 2010
A total of 140 athletes arrive in Forest Grove for fall training camp.
Sept. 4, 2010
Pacific plays its first game in 19 years at Puget Sound, the same team the Boxers played in their final game in 1991.
Oct. 29, 2011
In front of a Homecoming crowd of nearly 2,800 fans, Pacific wins its first game of the reinstated program.
Sept. 8, 2012
Pacific wins the first road game for the reinstated program. Pacific would win three games in 2012, all of them on the road.
Oct. 6, 2012
The reinstated program nets its first NWC road win, blowing out Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., 62-21.
Oct. 12, 2013
Pacific moves to 5-0, the best start in program history.
Oct. 26, 2013
Pacific secures the program’s first winning season since 1987 with a 21-6 home victory over the University of Chicago.
Nov. 4, 2013
Pacific earns its first ever NCAA Division III national ranking, emerging at No. 25 on the American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches Poll.