Mission of Willamette Athletics

To provide students with an intercollegiate athletics experience that develops life skills by cultivating moral, physical, intellectual and emotional growth. In support of the mission and goals of Willamette University, our program strives to enhance the overall learning environment for scholar-athletes.

We fulfill our mission embracing the following Values


We must demonstrate appreciation for all individuals through tolerance, understanding, integrity and sportsmanship.


We must possess discipline to honor all commitments and stand accountable for all of our actions.


We must welcome all challenges and approach them with relentless work ethic and innovation.


We must demonstrate unified effort distinguished by loyalty, selflessness, and cooperation, honoring the University motto, "not unto ourselves alone are we born."


We must pursue excellence in all aspects of our work and personal lives while always maintaining the highest standards for safe and ethical conduct.


Athletics Program Goals

An Unsurpassed Scholar-Athlete Experience

Students must receive balanced, yet rigorous, academic, and athletic experiences that promote learning, leadership, scholarship and achievement. The Liberal Arts experience is designed to provide a broad spectrum of learning opportunities. Athletics participation will provide unique life lessons not duplicated in the classroom or laboratory, and add richly to the overall educational experience.

Broad-Based Competitive Excellence

Each of our sport programs must maximize its potential, ensuring scholar-athletes are well-equipped to compete successfully within the Northwest Conference and NCAA Division III. With some regularity, each sport program will contend for Conference championships and exceptional programs, and individuals will compete successfully on regional and national levels.

Resourceful and Responsible Leadership

Fairness, safety, and ethical conduct are at the heart of amateur athletics and our programs must lead by example in these areas. Coaches and staff must be committed to upholding these standards of excellence and the values associated with Willamette Athletics.

Willamette University Motto

Non nobis solum nati sumus — Not unto ourselves alone are we born

University Mission

Willamette University provides rigorous education in the liberal arts and selected professional fields. Teaching and learning, strengthened by scholarship and service, flourish in a vibrant campus community. A Willamette education prepares graduates to transform knowledge into action and lead lives of achievement, contribution, and meaning.

Core Themes

Willamette University is a community

  1. Of collaborative educators committed to rigorous education.
  2. That cultivates an authentic engagement with place.
  3. That promotes transformation of knowledge into action in ways that lead to lives of achievement, contribution and meaning.