Get in the Game

At Linfield College, high goals in the classroom intersect with bold aspirations on the playing field.

Student-athletes at Linfield learn that sports and scholarship are not mutually exclusive. Instead, they are complementary components of a well-rounded college education, one in which teamwork, discipline and self-enhancement in athletics serves as added fuel for a rewarding and fruitful pursuit of a college degree.

It’s more than conference and national titles, school records, or numbers on a scoreboard. It’s about academics and a deep love of the game. It’s about building confidence, learning balance, establishing relationships – lessons that carry over long after graduation and that final season. It’s about family – a rich history, tradition and culture on the court and off.

The student-athletes who play on Linfield’s 19 teams and compete in the NCAA Division III are a microcosm of the McMinnville Campus. They are from varied backgrounds and locations around the country. They study a variety of subjects and are active members of campus.

The list of Linfield student-athletes who have gone on to achieve success is lengthy. Take for example Susan Hyde ‘00, who ran track and cross country and today is an author and assistant professor of political science and international affairs at Yale University.

National championship-winning softball pitcher Kendra Strahm ’09 took her passion for physical therapy to a career as an orthopedic surgery physician’s assistant for the Everett Clinic.

Linfield’s rich athletics history includes nine team championships in football, softball and baseball, and a host of national titles in track & field and swimming. A number of student-athletes have gone on to make their mark in the sports world.

Scott Brosius '88 is a three-time World Series champion with the New York Yankees and the 1998 World Series MVP. After coaching Linfield to 270 wins and the 2013 NCAA baseball championship, Brosius is now a hitting coach with the Seattle Mariners.

Three record-setting quarterbacks still work in football -- Danny Langsdorf ‘96 is offensive coordinator at the University of Nebraska; Brett Elliott ‘05 is offensive coordinator at Texas State University; and Randy Mueller ‘83 is senior executive of football operations for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.

Once graduated, student-athletes apply the lessons learned as teammates to their daily lives, as professionals, parents, community leaders and social advocates. That’s Linfield – that’s The Power of a Small College.