University of Portland Bulletin 2021-2022


Scott R. Leykam, vice president for athletics

Athletic Department Mission

The Congregation of the Holy Cross is committed to the highest standards of excellence in developing the whole person – the mind, heart and hands. The Department of Athletics at the University of Portland is devoted to these ideals in developing men and women of character, intelligence, and leadership through achievement in athletics and recreation, academic excellence, and formative service to the campus and community.

In order to fulfill the mission of the Athletic Department and the University, the Athletic Department is focused on four key areas:

  1. Athletic Achievement - Pilot varsity sports programs will consistently experience athletic success in the WCC and earn post-season opportunities led by coaches and staff devoted to teaching, learning, and personal development.
  2. Academic Excellence - Student-athletes will be actively engaged in a meaningful educational experience on campus including classroom, experiential, and global learning opportunities that culminate in an undergraduate or graduate degree that prepares students for lifelong success.
  3. Community Impact - Varsity athletics and recreation will establish a positive and lasting impact on the campus and community, provide formation and character development opportunities to all students, and create lifelong connections to the University through hosting games and events and campus and community outreach.
  4. Financial Responsibility - The Department of Athletics will create a sustainable financial model for intercollegiate athletics and recreation that balances University support with aggressive and appropriate fundraising and revenue opportunities.
Programs: The University of Portland sponsors 16 varsity sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, women's volleyball, and women's beach volleyball.

The recreational services program offers fitness and wellness opportunities to the UP campus community including workout classes, sports leagues, outdoor trips, health workshops, informal workouts and skill sessions. The program works to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff of all skill levels and reaches out to those who have not participated before. Intramural sports leagues often have two skill levels and many are co-ed. Flag football, basketball, volleyball, futsal, outdoor soccer, tennis, badminton, table tennis, bocce, ultimate Frisbee, and softball are among the sports offered. Outdoor Pursuits activities expand each year and include biking, camping, snow skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and snowshoeing. OPP also offers bike, camping equipment, and snowshoe rentals on a short-term basis.

Numerous fitness classes are offered for all experience levels including bootcamp, zumba, kick-boxing, yoga, indoor cycling, and more. The Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center has a climbing gym, indoor track, cardio, training and weight rooms, three fitness studios, three basketball/volleyball courts, and locker rooms.

For more information, go to or call (503) 943-8755.