SEWARD, Neb. – Following a run of three-straight top 20 finishes, the Concordia University athletic department slid back to 45th in the final 2017-18 NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings. The Bulldogs placed 17th, 16th and 18th, respectively, in the Learfield Standings over the previous three years.
The point totals are based on national championships qualifications and national finishes. The Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings are designed to “honor institutions that maintain a broad-based program, achieve success in many sports, both men's and women's, in which all sports that the NAIA offers a championship, and all student-athletes that compete in those sports, are treated equally.”
Concordia got its biggest bump from head coach Drew Olson’s women’s basketball program, which finished as the NAIA Division II national runner up. Head coach Matt Beisel’s women’s track and field team also contributed significantly with national place finishes of ninth for indoor and 12th for outdoor.
Dating back to the 1996-97 academic year, Concordia has claimed eight top-25 placements in the final Learfield Cup standings. The institution’s all-time best finish was ninth place in 2004-05 when it also won one of three GPAC All-Sports Trophies in school history. As far as the data goes back, the Bulldogs have never placed lower than 62nd.
Concordia Learfield Cup finishes since 1997