Gary Pine is the fourth director of athletics in Azusa Pacific's 61-year history of college sports. He enters his sixth year presiding over Cougar Athletics after uniquely taking over at a position in which he was the only person ever to serve at the right hand of his three predecessors - Cliff Hamlow, Terry Franson and Bill Odell - all members of the NAIA Hall of Fame.
In his first four years in the lead, Pine guided Azusa Pacific through its transition into NCAA Division II membership, doing so while also leading Cougar Athletics to its unprecedented eighth consecutive Directors' Cup trophy as an NAIA member in 2011-12.
Pine has been involved in Azusa Pacific's transition into a new affiliation and a new conference home for the athletics program. Other than football, which competes as an associate member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and water polo in the Golden Coast Conference, Azusa Pacific competes as a member of the Pacific West Conference, which is the NCAA's largest conference (14 schools) in the west region. He currently serves on the NCAA regional advisory committees for football and women's basketball, and is the PacWest's Advisory Committee liaison for track & field. He also chairs the conference's Officiating Committee.
Along with the most aggressive drug testing in program history, Pine has also initiated the most comprehensive survey of Cougar student-athletes. He spearheaded and wrote the university's first-ever institutional self-study, a 319-page document reviewing the state of the Cougar athletics program.
In terms of capital structure, Pine oversaw facility improvements with the addition of stadium lights for the Cougar Soccer Complex, an expansion and remake of the Cougar track & field complex, and the addition of theatre-style curtains in the Felix Event Center to give volleyball a more intimate and exciting atmosphere.
In his 36 years in intercollegiate athletics, Pine has worked at Azusa Pacific for 32, first as a student sports information director, then as the university's first full-time SID, followed by assignments as assistant and associate director of athletics.
Pine spent three years as an assistant sports information director at the University of Southern California, serving as the university's primary contact for men's basketball, track & field and golf. In 1992 he was named director of communications for the Big West Conference where he spent a year before returning to Azusa Pacific in the summer of 1993.
Pine is a 1984 graduate of Azusa Pacific and also has an MBA from his alma mater. Along with national and association honors for his work in sports information, Pine served as the media, tournament and/or meet director for several NAIA championship events.
Pine has deep roots with Azusa Pacific. His parents, Laurence and Alice, were 1946 alums of the institution, and in addition to his brother Loren ('69), he has more than 20 family relatives who have graduated from Azusa Pacific.
Gary, 54, and his wife Sheri, an Azusa Pacific alum, reside in La Verne, Calif. They have three sons, Kyle (24) and Jared (22), who both graduated from Azusa Pacific, and Trevor (19), who is currently a sophomore at Azusa Pacific.