2013 Concordia Invitational Tournament Information
SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia University, Nebraska will host the 62nd annual Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT) Jan. 25-26. The tournament will feature, in addition to the host school, the Concordias of Ann Arbor, Mich., Mequon, Wis., and River Forest, Ill., competing in both men's and women's basketball. CIT is one of the longest running tournaments in the country having begun in 1951 with the men’s tournament.
“CIT is an awesome event. The atmosphere is unmatched,” Bulldog head women’s basketball coach Drew Olson said. “Fans travel for miles to be there and the bands from all four schools are there. It’s just what college athletics should be all the time. There is just this automatic healthy, rivalry when you bring these Concordia schools together. Every year it is a fantastic tournament that the teams will always remember.”
Concordia (Neb.) is the CIT all-time leader in wins and tournament titles for both men and women. The Bulldog men boast a mark of 75-47 with 24 CIT titles. Meanwhile, the Concordia (Neb.) women have compiled an all-time record of 61-17 with 23 CIT championships. Both Bulldog squads are coming off CIT championships in 2012 when the event was hosted by Concordia-Chicago.
Since its inception, the Concordia Invitational Tournament has become known as more than just a basketball tournament. The event has grown to become a celebration of like-minded institutions that share a commitment to faith.
“CIT is an opportunity for the students at the four schools to build a relationship with each other through competition and fellowship,” Bulldog head men’s basketball coach Marty Kohlwey said. “Many of the people you meet or play against will be your coworkers in the future. It also brings together the administration, faculty and staff of the institutions for a kind of celebration of what the word Concordia really means.”
● Information for media and fans
Media Contact: Jake Knabel | Jacob.Knabel@cune.edu | Office: (402) 643-7392 | Cell: (563) 543-1439
Media credentials will be issued for CIT hosted by Concordia (Neb.). Anyone wishing to have access to the court for the purpose of taking photos/video or covering the event MUST be wearing the proper media credentials. Please contact Jake Knabel, Concordia (Neb.) SID, to request credentials. Requests should be made no later than Friday, Jan. 18.
Separate areas will be designated for photographers/videographers and print media in the arena. Keep in mind that limited seating is available at the scorer’s table. First priority at the courtside table will be given to visiting radio/Internet broadcasters. Those who do not make requests beforehand through the Concordia (Neb.) sports information department cannot be guaranteed access to the scorer’s table.
More information about how to pick up media credentials on site will be provided at a later date. Confirmation of media credentials will be sent out prior to the tournament.
NOTE: Visiting sports information directors and school staff covering the event must also wear media credentials.
Anyone wishing to obtain wireless Internet access on site must notify Jake Knabel in order to pre-register specified devices. Concordia (Neb.) connections require the user to be registered with the CUNE system. Those who wait to request access until the day of the tournament cannot be guaranteed an Internet connection. Please provide names of users and the physical addresses of the computers/devices that need to be registered (physical addresses look like this: 00:12:34:7a:e6:f9) by Friday, Jan. 18. Please visit www.cune.edu/sportsinfointernet for more information.
Statistics will be provided for each game, even games that do not involve Concordia (Neb.). Game files will be sent to SIDs and media in the following formats: .bpk, .txt and html. Hard copies of the box score will be distributed to coaching staffs and working media in attendance at halftime and at the conclusion of each game. Fans will not be provided hard copies on site.
Live statistics will be streamed via the Bulldog DakStats website. More specific links will be provided at a later date.
All eight CIT games will be webcast live via the Concordia Sports Network. Schools that wish to provide a play-by-play broadcaster for non-Concordia (Neb.) games must contact Jake Knabel by Friday, Jan. 4, in order to get the schedule finalized as soon as possible. Keegan Bloomfield will call the action for Bulldog men’s and women’s games.
Make sure to follow @cunebulldogs on Twitter to receive all of the latest information about CIT before, during and after the event. To join in the Twitter conversation, use the hashtag #CIT2013 throughout the event.
Official CIT Logo
The official logo for the 2013 Concordia Invitational Tournament can be provided in a variety of formats upon request. Please contact Jake Knabel or the Concordia (Neb.) marketing office to receive these files.
● Competing Schools
Concordia University, Nebraska
Athletics Website: ConcordiaBulldogs.com
Athletics Twitter: @cunebulldogs
All-Time CIT Records – Men: 75-47 (24 titles); Women: 61-17 (23 titles)
Location: Seward, Neb.
School Colors: Navy and White
Home Arena: Walz Human Performance Complex
President: Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich
Director of Athletics: Devin Smith
Sports Information Director: Jake Knabel
Head Men’s Basketball Coach: Marty Kohlwey
Head Women’s Basketball Coach: Drew Olson
Conference: Great Plains Athletic Conference
Concordia University Ann Arbor
Athletics Website: concordiacardinals.com
Athletics Twitter: @CUAACardinals
All-Time CIT Records – Men: 10-12 (1 title); Women: 9-13 (1 title)
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
School Colors: Red, White and Black
Home Arena: Cardinal Field House
President: Randall W. Luecke
Athletics Director: Andrea Gorski
Sports Information Director: Zach Johnston
Head Men’s Basketball Coach: Matt Distelrath
Head Women’s Basketball Coach: Andrea Gorski
Conference: Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
Concordia University Chicago
Athletics Website: cucougars.com
Athletics Twitter: @CUChicagoSports
All-Time CIT Records – Men: 60-62 (14 titles); Women: 25-53 (4 titles)
Location: River Forest, Ill.
School Colors: Maroon and Gold
Home Arena: Geiseman Gymnasium
President: Dr. John F. Johnson
Athletics Director: Pete Gnan
Sports Information Director: Jim Egan
Head Men’s Basketball Coach: Tyler Jones
Head Women’s Basketball Coach: Joshua Steffen
Conference: Northern Athletics Conference
Affiliation: NCAA Division III
Concordia University Wisconsin
Athletics Website: cuwfalcons.com
Athletics Twitter: @CUWFalcons
All-Time CIT Records – Men: 20-18 (2 titles); Women: 24-26 (3 titles)
Location: Mequon, Wis.
School Colors: Royal Blue and White
Home Arena: R. John Buuck Field House
President: Rev. Dr. Patrick T. Ferry
Athletics Director: Dr. Rob Barnhill
Sports Information Director: Rick Riehl
Head Men’s Basketball Coach: Shawn Cassidy
Head Women’s Basketball Coach: Stacey Brunner-Jones
Conference: Northern Athletics Conference
Affiliation: NCAA Division III
17 December 2012
Members of Concordia's (Neb.) men's and women's basketball teams pose after both captured CIT titles at the 2012 event held at Concordia-Chicago.