DeAnn Fitzgerald ’81, OD ’84 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has become well known for her focus on using optometry as a way to manage athletes’ concussions. She has developed protocols for young athletes who suffer head injuries, and her work has been widely shared and emulated around the country.
Pacific University Athletics
COVID-19 Update: The Northwest Conference (NWC) has made the decision to suspend all spring sport competitions and NWC Championship events. The NCAA has also canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA Championships. Pacific Athletics will suspend all practices and competition for varsity, junior varsity and club programs until further notice. Coaches will be in contact with student-athletes with additional information. In addition all intramural activities and recreation fitness classes are also suspended until further notice.
Find more information on our COVID-19 & Student Athletes page.
Athletics plays an integral role in the student experience at Pacific University.
Over one-third of undergraduate students participate in one of the university's 24 intercollegiate athletics programs. Additionally, many more students, faculty and staff take part in the university's intramural sports.
Division III Intercollegiate Athletics
Pacific offers 24 intercollegiate athletics programs, which compete as members of NCAA Division III.
Men's programs are offered in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling. Women's programs are offered in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and wrestling. Junior varsity programs are offered for baseball, men's basketball, softball and volleyball.
Pacific University is a charter member of the Northwest Conference, which was founded in in 1926. Other member schools are George Fox University, Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Puget Sound, Whitman College, Whitworth University and Willamette University.
Within the field of optometry, sports vision has emerged as a fast-moving specialty. And within sports vision, Pacific is a leader.
Football, soccer, rowing and volleyball will be postponed. Cross country, golf and tennis will be permitted to play this fall. “We are committed to supporting our student-athletes and their experience through these challenging times,” said Pacific University Athletic Director Keith Buckley. “Our coaches and staff continue to work diligently in developing a plan to provide our student-athletes a safe and valuable experience both this fall, as well as into the winter/spring competition schedules.”