Whitworth University

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Whitworth University
Former names
Whitworth College (1942-2006)
Motto Education of Mind and Heart
Established 1890
Type Private
Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Endowment $98.9 million[1]
President Beck A. Taylor
Academic staff
127 (full-time)[2]
Students 2,886[3]
Undergraduates 2,628[4]
Postgraduates 258[5]
Location Spokane, Washington, United States
Campus Suburban
200 acres (809,371 m²)
Calendar Semester
Colors Crimson & Black          
Athletics Division III (NCAA)
Nickname Bucs Pirates
Website Whitworth.edu
File:Whitworth University wordmark.jpg
George F. Whitworth around the time he founded the college

Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Spokane, Washington, United States, that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of academic disciplines. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate programs.[6]


In 1883 founder George F. Whitworth established the Sumner Academy in Sumner, a small town in Washington Territory.  The school was incorporated in 1890 as Whitworth College.  In 1899, the college moved to Tacoma.  When a Spokane developer offered land just before World War I, the college moved once more. In September 1914 classes were held for the first time in Spokane. In 1942, Whitworth merged with Spokane Junior College when the latter shut down due to financial difficulties during World War II.[7] The board of trustees voted to change the institution's name to Whitworth University in 2006, which became effective July 1, 2007.[8]

Student life

Residence halls

There are 10 residence halls for undergraduate students[9]

  • Arend Hall (this co-ed dorm was built in 1957 and is named after Albert Arend, Whitworth trustee from 1925–34)
  • Baldwin-Jenkins Hall (this co-ed dorm was built in 1969 and is named after Estella E. Baldwin, registrar from 1935–70, and Marion R. Jenkins, dean of women from 1931–63)
  • Ballard Hall (this female dorm was built in 1914 and is named after W.R. Ballard, Whitworth trustee from 1892–1912)
  • Boppell Hall (this upperclassmen female dorm, affectionately named "The Boppell Hotel," was built in 2001, and is named after Chuck Boppell, '65, longtime chair of Whitworth's board of trustees, and his wife, Karlyn, '67)
  • Duvall Hall (this co-ed dorm was built in 2006 and is named for former Whitworth professor R. Fenton Duvall)
  • Oliver Hall (this co-ed dorm was built in 2009 and was known as East Hall in its earliest days before being re-named after Walt Oliver, the former board chair and longtime chair member)
  • McMillan Hall (this male dorm was built in 1914)
  • Stewart Hall (this co-ed dorm was built in 1963 and is named after Rev. Calvin W. Stewart, Whitworth president from 1890–98)
  • The Village (this co-ed dorm was built in 1972 for Expo '74 was once composed of six buildings, however three were demolished in 2006)
  • Warren Hall (this co-ed dorm was built in 1952 was named for Dr. Frank F. Warren, Whitworth president from 1940–63)

In addition to its 10 residence halls, Whitworth sponsors a variety of theme houses each year.[10]


Residence life

Resident Assistants in each dorm hold "prime time" every night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., which is a time for students to escape the books and relax, play games or partake in some other activity.[12]

Additionally, Whitworth students are given the opportunity to set their own rules regarding their residence halls.[13] In the beginning of the year, every student has the chance to meet in their hall's lounge and decide on the rules for their residence hall for the year. Decisions include but are not limited to deciding if students from other residence halls can always enter the hall; if there will be specific times when the residence hall will be closed off to others; choosing the residence hall's quiet hours, etc.

Other members of residence hall leadership who are unique to Whitworth include Cultural Diversity Advocates (CDA), who encourage students to value individual differences and respect the diverse opinions and cultures of all residents and Small-Group Coordinators (SGC), who lead prayer groups and other programs to nurture the spiritual well-being of residents. Each residence hall is also served by a Hall Senator, who represents the needs of the hall in the larger student government. [14]


Whitworth's athletics teams are the Pirates (or, unofficially, the Bucs). The university offers 20 varsity sports and competes in the Northwest Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. Men's sports include cross country, football, basketball, swimming, track and field (indoor and outdoor), golf, tennis, soccer and baseball; women compete in soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field (indoor and outdoor), golf, tennis, and softball.

Whitworth has won a total of nine Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophies, including the last eight in a row (2008–2015). The Northwest Conference All-Sports Trophy recognizes athletic excellence among Northwest Conference institutions across all fields of competition.

Whitworth offers a variety of intramural and club sports/activities: ultimate frisbee, volleyball, soccer, tennis, etc. Club frisbee is also offered to all students.

Men's basketball

The Whitworth men's basketball team has a history of successful seasons since Warren Friedrichs was hired as the head coach in 1986. During his tenure, Whitworth won five conference titles, appeared in the NAIA Div. II national tournament three times, and led the Pirates to the 1996 national championship game, where they fell in overtime to Albertson College (now known as College of Idaho). Friedrichs was named the conference coach of the year five times and NAIA Div. II National Coach of the Year in 1996.

After Friedrichs announced his retirement from coaching basketball in 2000, Whitworth hired Jim Hayford who built the Pirates into a consistent national power. Hayford led the Pirates to eight 20-win seasons, six appearances in the NCAA Div. III Tournament (2007–2011), five Northwest Conference titles (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), three NCAA Div. III Sweet 16 appearances (2008, 2010, 2011) and one Elite Eight appearance (2011).[citation needed] The 2011 team reached No. 1 in the national polls twice, including the final poll of the regular season, but still were not selected as a campus host for the NCAA Div. III tournament past the second round. Instead the Pirates had to travel to Ohio where they were eventually beaten in the Elite Eight. The 2010–11 team also featured Michael Taylor, who was named the NCAA Div. III National Player of the Year.

Hayford was named Northwest Conference Coach of the Year five times and was named National Association of Basketball Coaches as the West Region Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2011) and coached two West Region Players of the Year (Nate Montgomery in 2010 and Michael Taylor in 2011). During Hayford's tenure, Whitworth also accumulated a 217–57 record (.792 winning percentage) and was home to six NWC MVP's during the 2000s (Bryan DePew in 2003, Lance Pecht, Bryan Williams in 2007, Ryan Symes in 2008, Nate Montgomery in 2010, Michael Taylor in 2011).

After the 2011 season Hayford left Whitworth to coach at NCAA Div. I Eastern Washington University. He was replaced by Matt Logie, who grew up in Mercer Island, Wash., before attending Lehigh University where he played and eventually coached as the top assistant.

Logie picked up where Hayford left off, winning Northwest Conference regular season and conference tournament in each of his first five seasons. Additionally, Logie became the first head coach in Div. III history to reach the 100-win plateau in only his fourth year as a head coach. In 2015, the Pirates again ascended to No. 1 in the Div. III polls. Logie has been named NWC Coach of the Year twice (2012, 2014), has taken the Pirates to the Div. III national tournament in each of his five years and to the Sweet Sixteen twice (2012, 201

NWC Conference champions: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

NWC MVP's since 1990: Doug Loiler (1992), Bryan Depew (2003), Lance Pecht (2006), Bryan Williams (2007), Ryan Symes (2008), Nate Montgomery (2010), Michael Taylor (2011), Dustin McConnell (2014) [15]


The Pirates were 2006 and 2007 NWC champions.[16] Head coach John Tully was named NWC Coach of the Year in 2001, 2006, 2007.[17]

The 2006 Pirate football team had an 11–1 record, its best ever[18] finished the season ranked 9th in the nation, and made it to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Tight end Michael Allan was a top scorer in the year and later was drafted to the NFL Kansas City Chiefs.

Tully resigned at the conclusion of the 2013 season, and Whitworth replaced him with former Wheaton College defensive coordinator, Rod Sandberg.

In 2014 new Head Coach Rod Sandberg led the Pirates to a 6–4 record in his first season at Whitworth.

Senior QB Bryan Peterson set an NCAA DIII single season record for pass completions per game (34.0) and NCAA single game records for pass completions (58) and pass attempts without an interception (82) in a win at La Verne.

Track and field

Dr. Toby Schwarz, the head coach of the men and women's track and field program, has transformed the Whitworth track and field team into one of the top programs in the nation. Since the 2008 season Whitworth has sent 84 student-athletes to the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championships and come home with 43 All-America (top-eight) performances. Schwarz has coached Pirate athletes to eight individual national titles over the same time frame (seven outdoor and one indoor). The Whitworth men have finished among the top 20 teams in the nation six times since 2008, including a third place finish at the 2008 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, a third place finish at the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships and a sixth place finish at the 2009 outdoor meet.

Schwarz has built a powerhouse program at Whitworth, sweeping the Northwest Conference men's and women's title in 2001 and 2015. The Pirate men have won six straight NWC championships and seven in the last eight years. Over the last ten seasons more than 60 athletes per year (over 75% of the team) have qualified for the NWC championship meet. And over the last 13 years Schwarz coached Kristin Shields to a national championship in the 100 meter dash in 2004, and two time national champions Emmanuel Bofa (800 meters) and Cody Stelzer (High Jump) in 2008 and 2009. Coach Schwarz added his sixth national champion with Carter Comito winning back-to-back-to-back national titles in the men’s discus in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This past spring (2015) Kerry Wright claimed her own national title in the women's javelin throw.

Schwarz has earned 29 Coach of the Year awards, including the 2015 NCAA West Region men's outdoor award and 2015 Northwest Conference honors (men and women). In 2009 Schwarz was selected as the NCAA Division III Men’s Coach of the Year. Members of Schwarz’s coaching staff have also won the NCAA DIII West Region Assistant Coach of the Year awards for the past six years including the 2015 outdoor men’s assistant coach of the year (Joe VanHoomissen).

Following the 2006 season, a decision was made by the coaching staff to cease the continuous growth of the program and move to a philosophy of a smaller, more focused and committed group of student-athletes. Through a process of tryouts and cuts, a more streamlined group of student-athletes make up the current and future Whitworth program.

With a smaller, more committed group of student-athletes, the level of excitement at practice is high, leading to a national championship caliber program. Whitworth finished fourth in the inaugural Al Carius Men’s Program of the Year award that was based on the team’s overall finish at the NCAA DIII cross country, indoor and outdoor Track & Field national championships in 2008–09. The men’s team finished 9th in the Al Carius Program of the Year standings in 2011. The Pirate program was also honored as the Scholar Team of the Year in 2008 and 2009 which is based on team overall GPA and national team finishes.[19]


  • Men and women's golf: Warren Friedrichs is in his 13th season as head coach of the men's and women's golf teams and has been named NWC Men's Coach of the Year six times.The men earned their sixth NWC championships since 2005 this season, and they have competed in the NCAA DIII tournament six times.The 2015 women's team finished third in the conference standings. The women won NWC co-championships in 2010 and 2009, and earned an automatic berth to the NCAA DIII Championships in 2010.
  • Men's soccer: From 2003 through 2014, men's soccer has earned eight NWC titles made seven NCAA tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 2005 and the Elite Eight in 2009. Head coach Sean Bushey has been named NWC Coach of the Year four times (2001, 2004, 2007, 2008). In 2005, they were NCAA Div. III Final Four participants and finished third in the nation.[20]
  • Women's soccer: The 2014 season marked Jael Hagerott's fourth year as head coach of Whitworth women's soccer. She is 33–32–13 guiding the Pirates. A Whitworth soccer star in her own right, Hagerott, '07, is Whitworth's all-time leader in assists (30) and is one of the university's most prolific all-time scorers (30 goals); Women's soccer finished 8–11–1 in 2014.
  • Men's swimming: In 2014–15, men's swimming finished in second place at the NWC Championships. The men's team has dominated the NWC, winning 12 straight titles (2003–2014). In 2006 and 2011, head coach Steve Schadt was named NWC Coach of the Year, and in 2011 Rory Buck was named NCAA Div. III Swimmer of the Year in only his junior season. Buck went on to compete for a spot on the South African national swim team.
  • Women's swimming: Whitworth's "swimmin' women" finished in third place at the 2014–15 NWC Championships. In addition, the Whitworth women posted the highest team GPA in all of the NCAA DIII for both fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. Head coach Steve Schadt has been named NWC Coach of the Year twice (2007, 2008). Jackie Beal, '17, was the Outstanding Women's Swimmer of the Meet at the 2015 NWC Championships. In 2014 she broke the NWC record in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events and competed in both races at the NCAA DIII Championships.
  • Men and women's cross country: Head Coach Toby Schwarz named the 2010 NWC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year, as well as the 2009 NCAA West Region Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year and the NWC Women's Coach of the Year.The Whitworth men have won three NWC titles since 2009 and finished 4th in 2014. The Whitworth women finished in second place at the 2014 NWC Championships for the second straight year and went on to take third place at the NCAA Regional meet, just missing an at-large bid to the national championships. In 2010, the men's and women's teams qualified for the NCAA DIII Championships. The women finished 17th at the national championships, earning top-20 finishes two years in a row.
  • Women's tennis: Jo Wagstaff was named 2009 NWC and DIII West Regional Coach of the Year.The team won three consecutive NWC titles, from 2009–11, and competed in NCAA DIII tournaments in 2010 and 2009.
  • Women's volleyball: The Bucs have won six NWC championships since 2001. Whitworth hosted the NCAA DIII West Regional Championships in 2005 and 2002, and both times the Pirates advanced to the regional title game. Whitworth Volleyball also led NCAA DIII schools in attendance both years.


In 2013, U.S. News and World Report ranked Whitworth as the 9th best regional university on the West coast.[21] Forbes ranked Whitworth as the 40th in the West in America's Top Colleges rankings.[22]

Notable alumni


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  2. [1] Facts About Whitworth University page provides full-time faculty numbers
  3. [2] Facts About Whitworth University page provides enrollment numbers
  4. [3] Facts About Whitworth University page provides undergraduate enrollment numbers
  5. [4] Facts About Whitworth University page provides graduate enrollment numbers
  6. [5] Fall 2011 press releases boilerplates identifying enrollment, program numbers
  7. "Junior College Joins Whitworth." Spokane Daily Chronicle, February 20, 1942
  8. [6] Press release details Whitworth's name change
  9. [7] Whitworth Residence Life and Housing site lists university residence halls
  10. Whitworth residence halls http://www.whitworth.edu/administration/studentlife/residencelife&housing/livingoncampus/residencehalls/index.htm
  11. http://www.whitworth.edu/Administration/StudentLife/ResidenceLife&Housing/LivingOnCampus/PrimeTime.htm
  12. https://www.whitworth.edu/Administration/StudentLife/ResidenceLife&Housing/LivingOnCampus/PrimeTime.htm
  13. https://www.whitworth.edu/Administration/StudentLife/ResidenceLife&Housing/LivingOnCampus/ResidenceAreaPolicies.htm
  14. http://www.whitworth.edu/Administration/StudentLife/Residence
  15. http://www.nwcsports.com/sports/mbkb/NorthwestConferenceHistory.pdf
  16. [8] Facts About Whitworth University page details football championships
  17. [9] Facts About Whitworth University page details Tully's coaching awards
  18. [10] Athletics department press release details 2006 season
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  20. [12] Athletics department release details 2005 season
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  24. Additional Whitworth Facts: http://www.whitworth.edu/GeneralInformation/WhitworthFacts/AdditionalFacts.htm#Alumni
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