Due to weather conditions the NCU campus and on-site classes are cancelled
Due to weather conditions the NCU campus and on-site classes are cancelled
This Friday, Debbie Masten and Lindsey Jackson will be doing something similar when mom and daughter watch their husbands square off against one another for the first time as head coaches in hopes of earning their first Cascade Collegiate Conference win of the season.
Corban’s second-year head coach Steve Masten, who made a return to the bench earlier this year for the first time since the 1998-99 season, will draw up plays in an attempt to defeat his son-in-law, Northwest Christian’s first-year head coach Luke Jackson.
Masten will lead his Warriors (3-4 overall) into the team’s first conference game of the year, while Jackson brings his Beacons (5-3 overall) into his first-ever CCC contest as a head coach.
FULLFILLING A DREAM
The Masten-Jackson coaching idea is not something that happened accidentally, as Luke was hired by NCU athletic director and former men’s basketball coach Corey Anderson on February 20th with Steve following suit exactly three weeks later (March 6th) when he accepted the job at his alma mater.
“Luke got approached about the NCU job and then I was approached about the Corban job,” commented Masten. “He had already gotten the job and I went down on a Sunday afternoon to tell him that I had been offered the Corban job. It was one of those weird moments in life where we both realized that our hopes and dreams were becoming reality.”
Just last year, Masten and Jackson attended the Civil War game together and talked about how each had a desire to take the next step in their careers. Masten discussed feeling like he had unfinished business at Corban, after leaving the school in 1999 to be able to watch his oldest son, Adam, as he played collegiately at Oregon State.
Jackson was looking to find something that would allow him to end his playing career while still keeping alive his passion for the game. Jackson said, “I even told Steve that night that I would love the opportunity to coach at NCU because it’s a great school and it’s in a great location for our family. A year later, here we are. God has definitely had a hand in getting us both to where we are and I am just so grateful for the opportunity.”
Luke and Lindsey Jackson have been together for seven years, but the relationship between Coach Jackson and the Masten family goes back far longer. Masten recalls an Elks Lodge state championship free throw shooting contest between Luke and his son Adam when they were younger, which has become one of the great family stories.
“I did not know him at the time,” said Masten, “but he and Adam shot off against each other at the Elks Hoop Shoot when they were in fifth or sixth grade. Luke missed two of his first 10 and then hit 15 free throws in a row to win it after Adam was 10-for-10. The thing that Adam always reminds his brother-in-law is that Luke was shooting in jeans that day so it doesn’t count. We like to pull that story out every so often and bother each other about it.”
Many years later, the two crossed paths again during Steve’s first coaching stint at then-Western Baptist during the late 1990′s. Jackson’s older sister Jill was a volleyball player for the Warriors and Luke came for a weekend visit. The budding basketball phenom played some open gym and practiced with the Western Baptist team. Masten said, “I was going through some papers that I had years later and there was this prospective player profile for Luke. I think that he was a sophomore that year and listed himself at 6-4¾, but he was not nearly the player that he would become. Then he just got better and better.”
Four years later the relationship began to grow when Adam was a senior at Oregon State and Luke was a sophomore at the University of Oregon. “We knew the Jackson family since the Elks contest,” said Masten. “We got to know them more when Luke was at Oregon.”
Another famous story passed around the family involves Luke’s on-campus recruiting visit to Oregon State during Adam’s sophomore year with the Beavers. Masten explains, “Adam was supposed to be his host. They paired him up with Luke and then Adam ditched him to go out on a date with a girl. We always blame Adam for Luke going to Oregon and not Oregon State.”
Luke had a highly successful career at Oregon where he earned multiple All-America honors and became the second-highest scorer ever for the Ducks. He was the tenth overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He spent two seasons with the Cavs before hoping around the league for a few years.
Although he had known Lindsey for a long time, nothing developed between the two until his time in the NBA Developmental League in 2006. They started dating and were married in 2009. The newlyweds then spent the first year of their marriage in Italy while Jackson played for Carife Ferrara. The couple has since given Steve and Debbie two grandchildren, Cole and Calvin.
One of the more unique aspects of having a close relative as a coaching colleague has been the pair’s ability to talk X’s and O’s during the early part of the season. “It has been interesting to have someone to talk about common opponents with and it is nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of,” said Jackson. “Plus, we are travel partners so it’s great to have a relationship with someone who will play the same opponent right before you do during conference play.”
Masten adds, “We have talked basketball non-stop and I tell him that I want him to win every league game except for two and he says the same thing to me.”
All the camaraderie and family unity will finally be put to the test on Friday as the Father and Son-in-Law turn into opposing coaches preparing to take on one another in battle.
According to Masten, “I don’t think that I’m going to have any different mindset really because once that ball goes up it is just going to be us trying to win a game. Looking ahead, I would feel kind of bad if he lost and I think that he would feel kind of bad if we lose, but we both understand what we are doing here. We get it, and we are going to go out and compete as hard as we can. He is an ultra-competitor and I am too.”
Jackson also looks forward to the game, because he is ready to see what his team can do in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. “Having a lot of new guys and all new coaches, I like where we are at right now,” he said, “Obviously when league starts you have to kick everything up a notch. It’s better competition, it’s more intense and every game matters. It isn’t about Steve and me at this point, it’s about our guys rising up to the challenge.”
THE FAMILY FACTOR
Debbie Masten and Lindsey Jackson will now feel the weight of the budding family rivalry more so than anybody. Not only will mom and daughter be routing from opposite benches, but they also have a friendly wager on the line. “I think my wife came up with the idea,” said Masten. “We have an ugly Christmas sweater that we got as a gag gift that had been laying around the house for a few years. It is maybe the ugliest that I have ever seen. Debbie talked to Lindsey about the loser having to wear it to the next game.”
The two families might have a hard time choosing sides, as the talk around the dinner table at Thanksgiving was friendly and Christmas might be a different story pending Friday’s outcome. “Who to route for is probably toughest for Debbie,” said Masten. “Lindsey knows who to route for as she is routing for Luke. Kyle and Adam are going to route for Dad and hope that Luke wins the rest of his games.”
No matter what happens, the two families will always have each other. Jackson said, “At the end of the day, we are still family. Our wives might be more nervous about how this will affect our family, but we are both mature enough to be able to talk to each other after the game.”
Masten said, “We are going to do whatever we can to win and then we’ll probably go out to dinner on Friday,”
The Warriors and Beacons will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night inside the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center on the Corban University campus. To watch the broadcast live online, click here. Listen to the game live in the Eugene-Springfield area on AM1450 or anywhere in the world through the Tune-In Radio App.
More than 80 students will be participating in the fifth annual fall Academic Creativity and Excellence (ACE) Day on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Daytime classes are cancelled so students can attend the presentations. There will be 20 oral capstones, 2 poster capstones, 34 posters (with 59 students), and 3 panels (with 22 students). A total of 83 students are taking part in 104 activities.
ACE Day is designed to showcase the research activities undergraduate students have conducted during the academic year, especially capstone projects by graduating seniors. All participants receive a certificate and awards are presented for the top three posters as well as the top statistical poster, as judged by a panel of faculty and staff members. All seniors are required to do a capstone project of some type in their academic major.
ACE Day is an official academic event, sponsored and organized by the Undergraduate Research Committee. The committee is composed of six faculty members: committee chair Tim Bergquist, Lanta Davis, Johnny Lake, Brian Mills, Coty Richardson, and Tracy Vermilyea.
For more information about ACE Day, contact Professor Tim Bergquist at 541-684-7256 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Christian University Voluntary Education Partnership MOU Approved by the Department of Defense
Northwest Christian University has received approval for the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding.
Northwest Christian University (NCU) is pleased to announce that approval was received in November 2013 from the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU has been designed to help connect service members to superior, regionally accredited colleges and universities. “The best part of the MOU approval is that this will help introduce NCU’s excellent online programs to service men and women across the United States” said Ronald Graham, Ed.D., director for the Online Criminal Justice program. “Students anywhere can receive a quality NCU education that values wisdom, faith, and service without being prohibited by geographical boundaries.”
The approval of NCU’s MOU is the latest demonstration of NCU’s on-going dedication to military students. NCU is proud to be an approved educational partner with the DoD and looks forward to serving more active military service men and women, as well as veterans, in their pursuit of higher education.
For the second time in three seasons, the Northwest Christian University women’s cross country team has landed in the top-ten at the NAIA National Championships. The Beacons took ninth-place on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas, behind the strength of All-American Allison Duvenez.
Duvenez took 25th place in the 319 runner field with a strong time of 18:24 in weather that dipped as low as 10 degrees before race time. Following the junior was freshmanSierra Brown, claiming 59th place with a time of 18:54. Freshman Alyssa Harmon was close behind in 64th (18:59) in her first trek to a national championship.
Junior Emily McLean had an unfortunate fall at the beginning of the race, but came back strong to claim 72nd place with a time of 19:03. Freshman Shea Vallaire closed out the scoring with a time of 19:12, taking 98th place.
Head Coach Heike McNeil said, “With all the things we had to overcome this year, we did absolutely awesome. Every single one of these 7 girls did their very best today. Nationals is a very difficult race for someone who has never been there. We had 5 freshmen race their guts out and we couldn’t have asked for better performances.”
Also running for the Beacons were freshmen Delaney McMahon (21:08) and Michelle Fletcher (21:24).
NCU scored a team total of 228 points to take ninth. The University of British Columbia won their second straight championship with 56 points, well ahead of runner-up College of Idaho (97). The Yotes, in turn, were well ahead of third-place Biola (174).
The C of I placed three runners in the top-eight individually including back-to-back individual national champion Hillary Holt, running a 16:48.
The Beacons can now claim a national top-15 finish for the third consecutive season. NCU was 4th in 2011, 14th in 2012 and now 9th in 2013.
The Northwest Christian University women’s cross country team did what they came to do on Saturday, completing their first ever top-two finish at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship.
The Beacons, ranked no. 9 in the most recent NAIA national coaches’ poll, finished second with 48 points behind CCC Champion College of Idaho. Currently ranked no. 2 in the NAIA, the Yotes swept the top four spots to cruise to the title with a 19 point score.
Four individuals earned All-Cascade Collegiate Conference honors for the Beacons, earning top-12 finishes. It is the most athletes ever for any sport to garner All-CCC honors. Leading the charge was junior Emily McLean who continues her late season surge with a sixth-place finish, running at 19:04. Freshman Alyssa Harmon (pictured) came in right behind at 10:05 for seventh place and junior Allison Duvenez took eighth place at 19:07. Freshman Sierra Brown was four seconds behind the lead pack and took 11th place at 19:11.
Freshman Shea Vallaire came across in 16th place (19:29) followed by Michelle Fletcher in 19th (19:51) and Delaney McMahon in 34th (20:35).Also running for the Beacons was Heidi Gori in 39th (20:40).
To nobody’s surprise, defending CCC and NAIA national champion Hillary Holt claimed the individual title for The College of Idaho, running a 17:53 to outdistance teammate Sora Klopfenstein by 49 seconds.
The next stop for the Beacons will be the NAIA National Championship on November 23rd in Lawrence, Kansas. Ranked in the national top-ten assures that Northwest Christian will snag an At-large bid when they are announced on Monday. It will be the third consecutive trip to the championship event for NCU who took fourth place in 2011 and 14th in 2012.