Concordia becomes first NAIA school ever to eclipse 1,000 all-time scholar-athletes

Concordia becomes first NAIA school ever to eclipse 1,000 all-time scholar-athletes

SEWARD, Neb. – With 38 Bulldog track and field performers named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes on Saturday (May 24), Concordia University surpassed 1,000 scholar-athletes all-time. The announcement puts Concordia at 1,011 in school history – more than any other current or former members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Similarly impressive, 2013-14 Bulldog student-athletes are on track to set a new school record with 101 scholar-athletes for the year. This number will be official when softball scholar-athletes are released on Wednesday and baseball honorees are unveiled on Thursday.

“This is a time to celebrate the hard work of not only our 2013-14 scholar-athletes, but the many great students throughout our history who have successfully balanced the demands of academics and their respective sports,” Director of Athletics Devin Smith said. “We are extremely proud to be able to claim the most scholar-athletes all-time and to hit such a significant milestone. All Concordia student-athletes, faculty, staff and coaches deserve to take pride in this moment.”

Concordia student-athletes excelled in the classroom across the spectrum of athletic teams in 2013-14. Both track and field squads as well as the women’s soccer and volleyball programs led the nation in scholar-athletes for their respective sports and the wrestling team vaulted into the top 10 of the NAIA on the NWCA list of highest achieving academic squads.

On an individual level, Nathan Douglas (soccer), Rachel Mussell (soccer) and Shawn Rodehorst (golf) have all been named Capital One Academic All-District® 3 over the past year. Douglas took it a step further by garnering Capital One Academic All-America® first team honors. Meanwhile, junior wrestler Enrique Barajas was named NAIA All-Academic by the NWCA. Track and field and cross country runner Sarah Kortze collected Capital One College Division First Team Academic All-America® accolades in 2012-13 and is a nominee for the same award this year.

In addition, the Bulldogs improved on the playing surfaces, going from sixth to fourth in the final GPAC all-sport standings. Concordia won conference titles in men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s basketball. It also had runner up finishes in women’s indoor and outdoor track and field and wrestling.

During the 2012-13 academic year, Concordia had 71 Scholar-Athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams.

In order to be nominated as a scholar-athlete by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb., that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world.

27 May 2014