Linfield College has been described as a powerhouse in the Northwest Conference and NCAA Division III athletics. Both varsity and intramural sports are popular; if a student isn't playing a varsity sport, then he or she is probably playing an IM sport. Varsity sports are well respected and supported, not only by Linfield, but by the town of McMinnville. The majority of students and community members attends games, with generally a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Linfield teams are all pretty competitive, even intramural sports.
The Linfield sports teams, also known as the Wildcats, have a great following and because there is always a winning team at Linfield, there is never a dull moment. Sports are so popular that the Linfield Athletics Web site has play-by-play videos, broadcasts of the games, and record books dating back to 1896. The Linfield Hall of Fame was established in 1998 to honor former Linfield athletes, coaches, staff, and contributors, and to preserve the memory of their past achievements. Top alumni include former New York Yankee Scott Brosius, who is now the head baseball coach at the College.