While some may shrink away from the challenge of being both a nursing major and a volleyball player, Linnea Phillips, a senior from Yakima, embraces it. Linnea entered her senior season with 915 career digs for the Crusaders.
Crusader student-athletes excelled well beyond just the playing fields and gym floors during the 2014-15 season. Last July, Northwest Nazarene University Athletics claimed an unprecedented honor as the Crusaders swept the season-long Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic All-Sports title for the fifth time, tying for the most academic titles in league history.
Kelli Lindley, associate athletic director at NNU, excelled as a Division 1 athlete and was on track to have real success as a Div. 1 coach until she stepped foot on NNU’s campus and discovered something different that transformed the way she thought about her career.
NNU puts high expectations on our student-athletes, only one of which is excelling in sports. Alumnus Davis Halle tells about how balancing golf, academics and social involvement made him a better person and gave him a complete college experience.
Hope comes in many different ways and forms, often surprising us with its arrival. For a small rural community in Uganda, hope came this summer in the shape of a basketball court built by a team of NNU athletes.
Rocke Musgraves is in his second season as NNU head baseball coach. Listen as he shares some of his first impressions of the university and his philosophy on integrating NNU's faith tradition into the fabric of his team.
At NNU, students are challenged to put their all into every aspect of their development. That attitude is helping alum Jordan Nicholes fulfill his dream of playing professional basketball.
Taylor VanValey defines success on and off the court. She is just one of NNU's outstanding players tearing up the court this season.
Jeremiah "Bear" Woods tells his inspirational story of finding motivation and success despite great loss on national television show "The Real Winning Edge."
Between throwing the shot put and making a kill, these student-athletes are on the court or field all year round, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.
With volleyball and men’s soccer earning first-ever top 25 rankings this season, Crusader athletics are helping shine a national spotlight on NNU and its unique campus community.
The Crusader women’s volleyball team took their game around the globe on a cultural exchange trip to China. They saw the sites, upped their game, and learned that choosing Division 2 means having an unrivaled student-athlete experience.
More than 300 student-athletes, coaches and friends of Crusader Nation gathered at the Johnson Sports Center on Wednesday, April 30, to celebrate Northwest Nazarene University's athletic success over the past year. The 3rd annual CRU Awards honored athletes from each of the Crusaders 15 men's and women's varsity sports teams, along with honoring the top individual Crusader athletes from the 2013-14 academic year.
When John Spatz stepped onto NNU’s campus back in the fall of 2003, he took over a young Crusader Track & Field program that now faced the challenges of competing in the NCAA and for Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships. Twelve years later, Crusader Track & Field is one of the elite athletic programs both at NNU and in the GNAC.