Pacific’s Director of Athletics announces retirement

Aidan Lannom, Sports Editor

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Pacific University Athletics announced Director of Athletics Kenneth Schumann will retire, nearing the end of this academic year, June 2020.

Schumann will conclude this year having spent 36 years at Pacific, 16 of them in his current role as director. Schumann’s career spanned four decades and saw incredible Boxer success.

As the men’s basketball coach, he led the Boxers to the Northwest Conference Championship and a berth in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. That 1996-1997 team climbed to number five nationally, a program high for the Boxers.

Along with this team success, Schumann also earned individual awards being named NWC Coach of the Year twice as well as Little All-Northwest Coach of the Year in 1997. Schumann ended his coaching career at Pacific as the all-time winningest men’s basketball coach in program history.

As director of athletics Schumann oversaw the addition of six varsity sports at the university, including the return of football.

During his tenure Pacific’s athletic facilities also saw immense growth, most notably partnering with the City of Forest Grove to create the Lincoln Park Athletic Complex.

The announcement of Schumann’s retirement comes a year after the university promoted head football coach Keith Buckley to assistant athletic director.

In a release by Pacific athletics, the report announced Buckley — who has served as head football coach for 10 years — will be promoted to director of athletics and fill Schumann’s void.

“I am very excited about the future of Pacific Athletics under the direction of Keith Buckley,” Schumann said. “Keith will be a great leader for the Boxers moving forward.”

With Buckley moving to director of athletics at the end of the school year, the position of head football coach will also change hands.

This move would end a successful run for Buckley, who, in his 10 years, was able to move into third all-time wins in Pacific football program history.

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