Ken Schumann, a longtime member of the Pacific University, Oregon, athletic department, has served director of athletics since 2004.
Under Schumann’s leadership, the Pacific athletic department has experienced an unprecedented period of growth and success. Three sports, football, women’s lacrosse and men’s swimming, have been added under his watch and the number of students participating in athletics at Pacific has grown from around 250 to well over 300.
In 2011, Schumann was honored as the College Division Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). He will receive the award at this June's NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Schumann has overseen a major expansion in the University’s athletics facilities, most visible in the $11 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. The facilities are considered among the finest among small colleges in the United States. He also construction of the new Holce Tennis Courts complex, which was named one of the best new tennis facilities in the nation in 2009.
Schumann has been successful in expanding departmental budgets and converting most of the coaching staff to full-time positions. He also restarted the school’s booster club, known as Boxer Club, to provide an active support base among alumni.
Schumann has also played a key role in the success of the department’s annual fundraising golf tournament, the Pacific University Legends Golf Classic. With the help of celebrity host and Pacific trustee Tommy Thayer, the event has raised nearly $500,000 for Pacific Athletics over the last four years.
Schumann was named interim director of athletics in 2004, following the retirement of Judy Sherman. Schumann immediately developed and initiated a five-year strategic plan for the athletic department. He was named to the permanent position in 2005 after a nationwide search.
Schumann began his collegiate athletics career at Pacific in 1984, serving as assistant men's basketball coach and sports information director. He was promoted to associate athletic director and succeeded Bob Bonn as head men's basketball coach in 1992, a capacity he served in until 2005.
He is the winningest coach in Pacific men's basketball history, amassing 152 wins, and earned his 150th victory this season. He led his 1996-97 Boxers to the Northwest Conference championship, a berth in the NAIA Division II National Tournament and a No. 5 national ranking, the highest in school history. Schumann's Boxers returned to the national tournament in 2000, and was one of the first Northwest Conference basketball teams to appear in the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
In his 13 seasons, Schumann was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1997 and was honored as the Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 1997. He earned his 100th victory in 2000 and surpassed Dan French for the career victories record in 2001.
As associate athletic director, Schumann served as the University's compliance officer, was in charge of producing Pacific's annual gender equity reports and spearheaded fundraising activities for the program. He also chaired five search committees for head coaching positions and coordinated the University's Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition to his coaching and administrative duties, Schumann has taught coaching classes and athletic administration classes for the University's Department of Exercise Science.
Schumann is a member of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the NCAA Division III basketball championships committee.
A native of Portland, Schumann played collegiate basketball at George Fox University in Newberg and graduated with a degree in physical education in 1981. He earned his master's degree in physical education from Portland State University in 1985. Schumann and his wife, Linda, live in Cornelius.
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