Former George Fox University basketball coach Scott Rueck returns to Newberg to speak May 30

May 7th, 2019

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Tickets available for fundraising dinner to support the university’s Legacy League

NEWBERG, Ore. – Scott Rueck, the coach who helped launch George Fox University as one of the nation’s most consistent winners in women’s basketball at the NCAA Division III level, is returning to Newberg to discuss his storied career.

Rueck, now the head women’s basketball coach at Oregon State University, will be in Newberg on Thursday, May 30, to speak at a fundraising dinner for the George Fox University Legacy League. The event is open to the public, and tickets are now on sale. Reservations are necessary.

Seating is limited to 30 tables (240 persons), and more than 20 tables have already sold. Table sponsorship is $350, and individual tickets are $45. Reservations, due by Monday, May 20, may be made by contacting Susan Holcomb at 503-554-7606.

The doors open at 6 p.m., with the dinner and program starting at 6:30 p.m. in the university’s Canyon Commons dining hall. Dress is business casual.

“We hope to provide attendees an exciting, inspirational time with great food and great entertainment,” Legacy League president Bill Rourke said. “We are really excited to bring hometown favorite Scott Rueck back to the university campus, where he led the women’s basketball program to fantastic heights.” All proceeds will go toward the Legacy League’s primary purpose: providing scholarship funds for George Fox students.

Rueck posted a 288-88 record (.766) in 14 seasons from 1996 to 2010 at George Fox, reaching the pinnacle of his career in the 2008-09 season when he coached the Bruins to a perfect 32-0 record and the NCAA Division III national championship. His teams reached the NCAA Sweet 16 five times, Elite 8 three times and the Final Four in 2009.

A seven-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year and three-time West Region Coach of the Year, Rueck was inducted into the university’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition, he was chosen as one of the university’s most 125 noteworthy and significant people for the school’s 125th anniversary observance in 2016-17.

Rueck was named OSU women’s coach in 2010. He has led the Beavers to the NCAA Division I national tournament the last four years, going to the Final Four in 2016. His teams are 115-25 in that span. OSU was 26-8 this year, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16.

Rueck has other ties to George Fox. His sister, Heidi, was an NAIA All-American point guard for the Bruins, setting school records in career, single-season and single-game assists and was voted into the George Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. His wife, Kerry (Aillaud) Rueck, is a 1995 graduate of the university.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Susan Holcomb

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