What does the future of NU athletics look like?
“NU athletics future looks great!” says NU Athletic Director Gary McIntosh. “These athletes have committed themselves to be the best athletes they can possibly become and they want to do that here at NU.” McIntosh is not only proud of his athletes spending hours in practice, in the weight room, and watching game film, but also in their dedication to being people of character who represent the “Lord and NU in the highest possible way.” When McIntosh looks to his coaching staff, he sees the best staff in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). They spend countless hours preparing for the seasons, recruiting nation-wide, attending camps and clinics, and watching game film. They also do their best to choose athletes not only with outstanding skill but also exceptional character.
There are rumors of a golf team in the future. Is this true?
McIntosh states that he would love to see a golf team arise in the next few years. However, at the moment, the biggest road-block is a lack of facility space and resources.
What are your goals and dreams for the program?
McIntosh’s dreams for the sports program include new facilities for locker rooms, a gym, coaches’ offices, a training room, and more. He desires to add many more sports and assist in the growth of the department. His dream is to see NU become conference contenders in every sport every year, and even to become national contenders. McIntosh, however, understands the true focus of athletics at NU: “We are Christ followers and we will serve him in all we do.”
Written by Crista Greenwood