Ian Falconer his in his first year as head coach taking over for former coach and now Athletic Director, Keith Buckley following the 2019 season. Coach Falconer is in his 11th season on Pacific football staff serving as an offensive assistant.
In his first season as head coach, Falconer led the Boxers to their best Northwest Conference record (5-2) since 2014. Pacific finished 6-3 overall, with two of those losses coming to ranked opponents. Falconer saw 15 Boxers receive All-NWC honors in the 2021 season with four First-Team honorees.
For the last eight seasons, Pacific has had at least one lineman selected all-conference, with linemen Roman Okonowski and Mitchell Ulrich being chosen first team all-Northwest Conference in 2019. Falconer coached an offensive line that blocked for 1,876 yards rushing on 408 attempts with 19 touchdowns – the most since Pacific brought back football in 2010, while the passing game had their best marks since the return of football in 2010, also with 2,684 yards on 238 completions with 21 touchdowns. Combined the Boxer offense set new single-season total offense marks for yards (4,560) and touchdowns (70).
The 2018 Boxer offense averaged 298.3 yards of total offense per contest. On three occasions, the Boxer racked up over 400 yards of total offense including a 443-yard effort in the win over Lewis & Clark. In 2017, the Pacific offense averaged a school record 435.1 yards of total offense, including an average of 168.4 yards on the ground per contest. Pacific’s 2015 team averaged 31.1 points and 403 yards of total offense a contest, including an average of 150 yards rushing a game. Four of the five starting offensive linemen earned all-conference honors. In 2014, the offense put up 30.3 points and 364 yards a game and in 2013 they averaged 34.6 points and 399 yards of total offense.
Falconer came to Pacific from Lewis & Clark where he served as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Lewis & Clark from 2006 to 2009. He began his college coaching career at L&C, serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2003 season. In between Lewis & Clark stints, Falconer spent two years at NCAA Division III Oberlin College (OH), where he worked as the offensive line coach and assistant head coach. He also served as the Yeomen’s strength and conditioning coach and recruiting coordinator.
In addition to his college experience, Falconer spent the 2002 season as the assistant offensive line coach at West Linn High School.
Falconer played his college football at Portland State University. He was a four-year offensive line standout for the Vikings, earning All-Big Sky Conference honors at center as a senior. He played a key role on a Portland State offensive line that gave up only 12 sacks during the 2000 season.
Falconer earned his bachelor’s degree in social science from Portland State in 2000. He and his wife, Angel, reside in Milwaukie with their daughter, Leta.
Jim Craft returned to the Pacific University football coaching staff in January 2020 to serve as the Boxers' offensive coordinator.
Craft was an initial hire along with head coach Ian Falconer to join Keith Buckley as the three came together to help launch Pacific's first football team since 1991. The three combined to establish one of the top offenses in NCAA Division III. With an underclassmen-filled roster in 2011, the Boxer offense ranked third in the Northwest Conference and 23rd in the nation with 282.3 yards passing per game. An arsenal of Boxer quarterbacks combined for a 134.63 pass efficiency rating that was third in the NWC and 65th in the nation.
In addition to what his team did on the field, Craft was instrumental in the recruiting efforts that helped lead Pacific to a 2014 Northwest Conference title - its first since 1952.
Prior to coming back to Pacific, he spent seven years as an assistant coach at Cal Poly, where for the last two years Craft served as the Mustangs' Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the last two years. At Cal Poly, they were a three-time leader in the NCAA FCS in rushing yardage and secured an at-large bid to the playoffs in 2015. Recruited and coach Los Angeles Rams wide receiver, JJ Koski.
Throughout his career, he has been a student of the game where he has learned under legendary coaches Mouse Davis, Jerry Glanville and most recently, Tim Walsh.
Craft has also gained experience serving as an assistant coach at Portland State and Northwest Conference member, Lewis & Clark. While at Portland State, he ascended to the role as the Vikings' offensive coordinator while coaching the quarterbacks after spending time as an offensive line coach, wide receivers and tight ends coach. At Portland State, the Vikings were twice the national leader in passing yardage and he helped recruit and coach seven players who signed NFL contracts.
Before his coaching career Craft played tight end at Portland State from 1995-98 and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky in 1997 and second team All-Big Sky his senior season in 1998.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Portland State in 1998 and a master's in 2003. He and his wife, Kelley are the proud parents of daughters, Kayla and Stella Marie and son, Tyler.
Lukkes Gilgan begins his sixth season as a member of the Pacific coaching staff and first as Assistant Head Coach. He continues to serve as Defensive Coordinator and linebackers coach. He joined the Pacific staff back in 2015 as defensive back coach.
Coached up the 2018 defense to be one of the best in program history as the team had 99 tackles for loss including 41 sacks. Pacific had four games where they registered double-digit tackles for loss including 17 against Cal Lutheran (Sept. 15). Running the ball against Pacific proved to be a challenge as they held opponents under 100 yards rushing on two occasions and 118.3 yards per game. The defense came up with 16 fumble recoveries and six interceptions on the season.
The 2017 Boxer defense racked up 48 tackles for loss including 17 sacks. Defensive lineman Xavier Harvey and linebacker Ina Teofilo picked up second second team all-Northwest Conference honors, while two others earned honorable mention All-NWC.
The 2016 Pacific defense ranked either first or second in five categories in the Northwest Conference. With 20 sacks to their credit, Pacific led the NWC and were 20th in NCAA Division III. Four Boxers on the defensive side of the ball earned All-NWC recognition including the Defensive Player of the Year, Jack Perez who also earned first team All-American honors becoming the first first-team All-American player in school history.
Gilgan came to the Boxers after a season as a graduate assistant coach at the University of New Mexico. In 2014, he was accepted that year to the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy, where he was one of just 30 coaches nationwide accepted to the program. He also was selected for the AFCA 30 Under 30 Future Football Coaches Academy in 2013.
Prior to New Mexico, GIlgan spent three seasons on the coaching staff at Willamette, which included serving as special teams coordinator during the 2013 season. Gilgan started his coaching career in 2010 at Division II Quincy University in Quincy, IL.
In addition to his duties at Pacific, he has been involved with USA Football. In January 2019, he led the 2019 United States Under-19 Select Team as Head Coach against Team Nuevo Leon, an Under-19 team of top players across Mexico as part of the 10th annual International Bowl Series at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In 2018 he was selected as the Defensive Coordinator for the 2019 United States Under-19 Select Team again Team Nordic, an under-19 team made up of the top players across Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The US won both games.
Gilgan was a four-year letterwinner for the Willamette playing in 38 games during his career. He was a team captain, earned First Team All-NWC honors in 2009 and received the team’s “James Scarriot Strongest Link” award.
Gilgan earned his bachelor's degree in history from Willamette in 2010 and earned a master's degree in human performance and sport management from Southern Mississippi in 2013. Gilgan and his wife, Taylor live in Forest Grove.
Gabe Flory is in his sixth seasons as an assistant coach on the Pacific football staff, as he in his second season as defensive line coach after coaching linebackers for four seasons (2014-17). He returned to the Pacific football coaching staff in 2019 after spending the 2018 season as an assistant coach at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Flory's first year coaching at Pacific was the fall of 2014 helping lead the Boxers to the Northwest Conference Championship the first for the program since 1952. While coaching linebackers he was instrumental in the tutelage of Jack Perez, who finished his career as one of the top players in program history. Perez was the first player in program history to be named first team All-American (American Football Coaches Association) and also earned first team all-West Region by D3football.com and first team all-Northwest Conference after making a school record 123 tackles. He was also selected as the NWC Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2016, Flory helped coach the Pacific defense to 25 forced turnovers and 33 sacks. The 33 sacks are the most since they recorded 35 in 2013 during Flory's senior season
Flory was a four-year member of the re-start of the Pacific football program, which was resurrected in 2010. As a freshman he played in nine games recording 18 tackles with a sack, fumble recovery and forced fumble. He played in limited action over his Pacific career due to injury playing in 16 total games. His junior year, he recorded a career-high seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the season opener against Simon Fraser.
Flory graduated from Pacific in 2014 with a degree in exercise science - Integrated Physiology and earned his master's degree in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University.
Kit Taura is in his second season on the Pacific football coaching staff coaching the tight ends after serving as offensive line assistant coach in 2019
He as a student volunteer in 2018 working with the offensive line his senior year but suited up for the final home in 2018 against Willamette. Taura played for the Boxers on the offensive line from 2014-2018, starting four games his junior season and playing in 10 games in sophomore year, while helping the Boxers set multiple offensive records.
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