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Justin Lunt will enter his fourth season as the head men's basketball coach at Pacific University in the 2022-23 season.
In the 2021-22 season, Lunt led the Boxers to an 11-14 overall record and went 7-9 in Northwest Conference play to earn their best league finish since 2014-15.
The Boxers posted a 7-18 record in year two under Lunt and 4-12 in Northwest Conference play. During the 2019-20 season Lunt coached the programs first ever NWC "Freshman of the Year" as Nick Drynan earned the honors after averaging 17.8 points per game and shooting 48.8% from three-point range. During Lunt's tenure he has had a pair of All-NWC honorees and coached 28 in his career between Pacific and Puget Sound. In three seasons the Boxers are 28-47 under Lunt and 15-33 in NWC action.
In his first season at Pacific the Boxers posted a 10-15 mark but were among the nation's top teams in turnovers forced (24.60 - 3rd); turnover margin (10.8 - 3rd); 3-point field goal attempts (1,040 - 4th); offensive rebounds per game (16.64 - 4th); scoring offense (103.0 ppg - 4th); steals per game (13.3 - 5th) and 3-point field goals per game (12.7 - 5th). The team had the most in the NCAA era in several stat categories including: field goals (920); field goal attempts (2,185); 3-point field goals (318); 3-point field goal attempts (1,040); free throws (416); free throw attempts (589); steals (332) and points (2,574).
Prior to coming to Pacific, Lunt spent 14 years at the University of Puget Sound - two of which as an assistant and 12 as the head coach. With the Loggers, he posted a 180-129 overall record with a 106-86 mark against Northwest Conference teams as head coach. On three occasions (2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09) the Loggers finished first in the Northwest Conference in the regular season, while also finishing as Conference runner-up four times and reaching the Conference tournament on seven occasions reaching the title game five times. Puget Sound also reached as high as #3 in the national polls under Lunt. During the 2008-09 season, the Loggers won the NWC title and went to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III tournament. The 2008-9 team won a school record 19-consecutive games eclipsing the old mark of 14 (1975-76).
The 2008-09 season earned Lunt Northwest Conference "Coach of the Year." While overall during his time at Puget Sound he coached an All-American (as assistant coach), four all-region selections, and 26 All-NWC honorees. He also had a player in Derek Jobe be named D3Hoops.com "Rookie of the Year" in West Region in 2011-12 and Jason Foster was named NWC "Player of the Year."
Prior to becoming head coach of the Loggers, he served as an assistant coach for two seasons. Lunt began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at St. Martin's College (NCAA Division II) in Lacey, Washington. Lunt began his coaching career at nearby Fife High School and was the Varsity Assistant Head Coach and Head JV coach for three years. While there, he helped the Trojans reach the state playoffs in 2002 for the first time since 1992.
Lunt is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a bachelor's degree in Recreational Administration. Lunt lives in Forest Grove with his two daughters, Madeleine and Indie.
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Jim Craft returned to the Pacific University football coaching staff in January 2020 to serve as the Boxers' offensive coordinator.
Craft was an initial hire along with head coach Ian Falconer to join Keith Buckley as the three came together to help launch Pacific's first football team since 1991. The three combined to establish one of the top offenses in NCAA Division III. With an underclassmen-filled roster in 2011, the Boxer offense ranked third in the Northwest Conference and 23rd in the nation with 282.3 yards passing per game. An arsenal of Boxer quarterbacks combined for a 134.63 pass efficiency rating that was third in the NWC and 65th in the nation.
In addition to what his team did on the field, Craft was instrumental in the recruiting efforts that helped lead Pacific to a 2014 Northwest Conference title - its first since 1952.
Prior to coming back to Pacific, he spent seven years as an assistant coach at Cal Poly, where for the last two years Craft served as the Mustangs' Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the last two years. At Cal Poly, they were a three-time leader in the NCAA FCS in rushing yardage and secured an at-large bid to the playoffs in 2015. Recruited and coach Los Angeles Rams wide receiver, JJ Koski.
Throughout his career, he has been a student of the game where he has learned under legendary coaches Mouse Davis, Jerry Glanville and most recently, Tim Walsh.
Craft has also gained experience serving as an assistant coach at Portland State and Northwest Conference member, Lewis & Clark. While at Portland State, he ascended to the role as the Vikings' offensive coordinator while coaching the quarterbacks after spending time as an offensive line coach, wide receivers and tight ends coach. At Portland State, the Vikings were twice the national leader in passing yardage and he helped recruit and coach seven players who signed NFL contracts.
Before his coaching career Craft played tight end at Portland State from 1995-98 and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky in 1997 and second team All-Big Sky his senior season in 1998.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Portland State in 1998 and a master's in 2003. He and his wife, Kelley are the proud parents of daughters, Kayla and Stella Marie and son, Tyler.
MacKenzie Beeler is in her second year as an assistant track coach at Pacific University. She primarily works with the sprints, relays and horizontal jumps in the track & field program.
Beeler comes to Pacific after spending 3.5 years as an assistant coach at Liberty High School in Oregon. While at Liberty, Beeler coached four track and field state qualifiers in the spring of 2019, including the 6A 110m hurdles state champion, the high jump runner-up and the High Point Male Athlete of the 6A State Meet. In the fall of 2019 Beeler helped coach the state qualifying girls team in cross country. In the winter and spring of 2021, Beeler was instrumental in helping sports return to play after the Covid-19 shut-down at Liberty High School. Her most recent achievement before joining the Boxers was coaching an individual girl's state qualifier for the 2021 6A State Cross Country Championships.
Beeler graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in Music Performance in 2018, and then graduated from Concordia University Irvine with a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration in 2021. She is from Hillsboro, Oregon and graduated from Liberty High School.
Mallory Hiefield is in her first year as Director of Intramurals and Recreation returning to her alma mater to work in the athletic department.
She has been involved in health and fitness industry for a while as she has been teaching group fitness classes ranging from Cycle, Bodypump, Bodycombat, HIIT and more for over five years now. The former Boxer is Personal Trainer certified (ACE) and is overall enthusiastic about continuing to develop recreational activities at Pacific and helping students find ways to be active and healthy.
Hiefield is a former Boxer athlete competing on the lacrosse team for seasons (2015-17) as a defender and also ran cross country (2014-15) as a freshman and sophomore while at Pacific. Her senior season on the lacrosse field she played and started in 13 games registering three draw controls, six caused turnovers, 10 groundballs and three goals. In three seasons on the lacrosse field she played in 41 games with 33 starts and recorded seven goals and 27 caused turnovers, while helping the team win the NWC title in 2015 and 2016. She earned Northwest Conference scholar-athlete honors multiple years and was named to the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll.
She earned her Bachelor's degree from Pacific University graduating in 2017.