Referring to Emily (Baker) Chadwick simply as a two-sport star hardly speaks to what she accomplished as a Linfield student-athlete. The 1998 graduate is not only one of the most prolific scorers in women’s soccer history, she can also be considered one of the fastest competitors in Linfield track lore.
A one-time Linfield Female Athlete of the Year, Chadwick’s name still dots numerous lines in both the soccer and track record books.
Chadwick quickly made her presence felt on the soccer pitch. Though she scored just five goals in her freshman campaign – a modest number by her standards – she was easily the club’s leading scorer. She continued to be the top contributor over the next three seasons, including as a sophomore, when she provided more than half of the club’s scoring output with seven of Linfield’s 13 goals.
Chadwick saved the best for her senior year, when she netted nine goals and two assists. Her effort helped the Wildcats achieve their best record in program history with seven wins.
A forward, Chadwick received all-conference honors three times over her career: two second-team awards and one honorable mention accolade. She set new standards for career scoring with 25 goals, seven assists and 57 total points. Today, she ranks in the top five in 15 different statistical categories, and remains the career leader in shots on goal with 133.
Chadwick was equally dominant on the track, specializing in the middle distance events. Her numerous career highlights include a Northwest Conference individual title in the 1,500-meter run and multiple appearances at the NAIA National Championships.
In 1997, Chadwick was a member of Linfield’s eighth-place 1,600-meter relay team at the national outdoor championships. A year later, she anchored the Wildcats’ fourth-place 4x800 relay at the indoor meet and then placed fifth in the 1,500 at the outdoor championship event. Her individual effort earned her NAIA All-America honors, and she was also named to the NAIA Academic All-America squad.
Chadwick still holds Linfield’s No. 1 spot in the record book for the 1,500 meters and is a member of the record-holding 1,600-meter relay team. She also ranks second in program history for the 800 and sixth for the 400 dash.
After graduating from Linfield in the fall of 1998, Chadwick spent one additional season with the Wildcat track team as a member of the coaching staff, mentoring future All-American and NCAA national champion Amber Larsen.
Outside of athletics, Chadwick volunteered with the Upward Bound program and the writing center, and was also involved in Greek life.
In addition to her English degree and teacher certification from Linfield, Chadwick holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University.
Today, she works as a substitute teacher and is also a freelance writer who has been featured in Yamhill County’s News-Register numerous times. She and her husband, Mitch, a former Linfield defensive lineman and a 1998 graduate, live in Carlton with their two young children, Nolan (5) and Laurel (4).