Concordia announces 2014 athletic Hall of Fame class

Concordia announces 2014 athletic Hall of Fame class

SEWARD, Neb. – The 2014 Concordia University Athletic Hall of Fame class of four individuals and one team has been announced. Honorees were selected by the Concordia Hall of Fame committee and will officially be inducted at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 3 as part of homecoming festivities.

Concordia would like to congratulate the Hall of Fame class of 2014:

  • Becky Ernstmeyer Loewe ‘98
  • Mindy Evans Miller ‘00
  • Gene Faszholz ‘58
  • Stan Schlueter (served Concordia 1966-2009)
  • 2002-03 women’s basketball

For the complete list of current Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame members, click HERE. To nominate an individual or team for consideration, use the same link to download the nomination form.

Becky Ernstmeyer Loewe, a student-athlete at Concordia from 1993-97, established herself as one of the top players in the history of the Bulldog volleyball program. A four-year starter, Loewe earned all-Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference recognition all four years, including two first team mentions. The two-time NAIA scholar-athlete currently holds program records for career kills (1,740) and digs (2,235) and single season marks in both kills (598 in 1995) and digs (760 in 1995). Loewe, mentored by head coaches Vicki Boye (1993-95) and Diane Mendenhall (1996), led the Bulldogs to a 116-64 record during her four seasons.

Mindy Evans Miller, a 1999 graduate, starred in both softball and volleyball in her accomplished four-year career. Miller stands out as arguably the top player in the history of the Bulldog softball program. She twice earned Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference pitcher of the year honors and ranks Nos. 1 and 2 on Concordia’s all-time list for RBIs in a single season (59 in 1998; 55 in 1997). She also holds program career records for RBIs (177), innings pitched (869), wins (83) and strikeouts (498).

Additionally, the 1998-99 Concordia Senior Female Athlete of the Year started all four years on the volleyball team. She garnered first or second team all-NIAC recognition all four years and was a member, along with Loewe, of the 1995-96 Concordia Hall of Fame volleyball team that went 40-10.

Eugene “Gene” Faszholz graduated from Concordia in 1958 after a two-year career as a member of the Bulldog basketball team. He captained the 1956-57 team that won the Central Church College Conference (CCC) title. Faszholz earned first team all-conference recognition that season.

Prior to arriving at Concordia, Faszholz spent eight seasons (1947-56) playing professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. During that time, Faszholz batted .307 in over 3,000 minor league at bats. He finished his baseball playing career in 1956 at the age of 27. Faszholz then served as a student assistant coach for the Bulldog baseball team and later returned to Concordia and volunteered as a baseball coach for several years.

Stan Schlueter Devoted 43 years (1966-2009) of service to Concordia as athletic equipment manager and athletic trainer in addition to many other roles. Known as a tireless worker who rarely took days off, Schlueter endeared himself to staff, coaches, students and community members throughout Concordia and the Seward community. Concordia recognized Schlueter’s significant contributions by naming the street entering the Walz Human Performance Complex parking lot, “Schlueter Road.”

Director of Athletics Devin Smith states that “No one person has touched as many lives in Concordia athletics, staff and students alike, as Stan. I can’t think of anyone past or present that is more deserving of induction into our athletics Hall of Fame than him. His distinguished career is overshadowed only by his Christian values and caring heart.”

No Concordia basketball team has ever won more games than the 2002-03 women’s basketball squad, which went 36-2 overall and blazed to a perfect 16-0 Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season mark. Then first-year head coach Todd Voss guided the Bulldogs to a 33-0 start and a unanimous No. 1 national ranking before ultimately ending the season in the semifinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament. Concordia was led by All-Americans Sarah Harrison and Elizabeth Rhoden. With a team grade point average of 3.685, the Bulldogs posted the highest GPA of all NAIA women’s basketball programs for what was the fourth-straight year at the time.

Asked about his team which was 28-0 heading into a showdown at Hastings in mid-February, Voss told the Lincoln Journal Star, “Our starting unit is very strong, and the kids behind them are very strong, too. There’s not much difference between the two. That’s what makes this team very special. On any night, who’s it going to be? It could be anyone from our top player through No. 13. That’s pretty hard for other teams to prepare for. When teams play us, they can’t say they’re going to stop one player and win the game.”

More details (including photos) on each Hall of Famer will be released leading up to and following the induction ceremony on Oct. 3.

21 August 2014

2002-03 Concordia women's basketball