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GFU taps grad as AD associate


DIII sports — Bruin hoops standout Elise (Kuenzi) Trask a member of the national championship team

Elise (Kuenzi) Trask, a stalwart member of George Fox University’s 2008-2009 national championship women’s basketball team, has been chosen by her alma mater as the first full-time associate director of athletics for the Bruins’ 19-sport intercollegiate program.

A player for the Bruins from 2006-2010, Trask scored 832 points in her hoops career with 520 rebounds, 186 assists, and 108 steals as a forward.Trask

She had 14 points in the greatest game in Bruin history, a 60-53 win over Washington University-St. Louis in the 2009 national title game that completed a perfect 32-0 season. She is the women’s basketball record holder for best single-game free throw percentage (13-13) and for most consecutive free throws made (30 in a row).

Trask graduated from George Fox in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She has been married for three years to former Bruin All-Northwest Conference baseball catcher Brent Trask, a coach at Corvallis High School.

Trask, who officially began work June 2, returns to George Fox after spending the past three years as the assistant director of operations for the Oregon State University women’s basketball program under her former Bruins coach Scott Rueck. 

She is taking over the associate director’s position from Steve Grant, who filled that role on a part-time basis but will now be able to devote more time to his other duties as the Bruins’ volleyball coach and chairman of the university’s health and human performance department.

“Exactly what my specific duties will be haven’t been defined yet,” Trask said. “I’ll be spending the first few days learning what the needs are in the athletics department, particularly how the addition of football will change the ways we do things, and my responsibilities will adjust over time. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Oregon State and learned so much working with (Rueck) again, this is a wonderful new opportunity. Both Brent and I are excited about returning to George Fox, to again being a part of a community that meant so much to us during our college days. There are great people here, both to work with and to learn from, and I am looking forward to it.”

GFU athletic director Craig Taylor admits he encouraged Trask to apply for the opening in the Bruins’ sports department.

“Going back to (Trask’s) time as an athlete here, her ability to lead was evident; she was ‘born to lead,’” Taylor said. “Her business background and her experience in marketing at the Division I level and in the Pac-12 Conference have prepared her well for this position. She understands and embraces what George Fox is all about, she grasps why we exist and what we hope to accomplish. She has strong organizational skills and will bring us a fresh perspective as she looks at everything we are doing and comes up with new and creative ways that we can operate to our maximum efficiency.”