Pacific hires new intramurals coach

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Skyler Archibald, a Western Oregon University graduate, joins the Pacific Athletic Department as the new intramurals coach with innovative ideas about additional programs and a unique view on healthy lifestyles.

After graduating from Western Oregon University, he went on to receive his masters degree from Washington State University.

Archibald said he hopes to put his education and past experience to use by creating entertaining, healthy and diverse recreational activities for students.

In addition to the already existing intramural sports indoor soccer, flag football, volleyball and tennis, Archibald plans to bring both Yoga and Zumba to intramurals.

While Yoga and Zumba will not be competitive intramural activities, they fall under the category that Archibald has been pushing with his view on healthy lifestyles.

Along with new programs, Archibald introduced a new online system,, which makes finding participants, forming teams and creating new team names much easier than it has been in the past.

The website allows participants to sign up as a team and sign up individually if they do not have a team, which is known as a free agent system.

It allows teams to pick a time to play that is compatible with their schedules and shows all the various fall and spring programs that will be offered once leagues start in October.

Sophomore Buddy Becerra, who is starting an intramural soccer team, said he wanted to play soccer in college but didn’t want to give up his availability on campus so intramurals will be a great way for him to play the sport he loves without giving up his other activities on campus.

While the rule still remains that those who compete in varsity sports are not eligible to compete in the intramural counterpart, Archibald encouraged athletes to try something new.

“Intramurals are special because they allow students to become more diverse and well-rounded, which is what Pacific highly encourages,” Archibald said.

While Archibald has been here for only three weeks, he has already helped implement more of a structure to the program.

He said he encourages all students to get out of their comfort zones.

“Intramurals are great here because they are free, and I want to encourage students to play and realize that intramurals can fit within their busy schedule,” he said.


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