Concordia to induct Athletic Hall of Fame members

Concordia to induct Athletic Hall of Fame members at homecoming celebration

SEWARD, Neb - The Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame will induct four individuals and one team as part of its 2012 Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend celebration, Oct. 12-14. The award ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, in the Cattle Conference Room of the Janzow Campus Center, following a 6 p.m. banquet.

Victor Peter, class of 1956

HOF_Victor_Peter.jpgVictor Peter graduated from Concordia with a bachelor’s degree in education, and then earned his master’s at Kearney State. He earned 11 varsity letters in football, baseball and track while at Concordia. He played halfback for the Bulldog football teams with a record of 20-4-1 between 1953 and 1955. The 1954 team finished 7-1, winning the Central Church College Conference championship. Peter earned All-CCCC and Concordia Male Athlete of the Year honors as the football team’s co-captain and leading scorer his senior year. On the baseball team, Peter stole 19 bases in 15 games his final season, which included a 14-3 victory over Creighton University. In 1954, he led the track and field team to a CCCC championship and was named a track team Hall of Fame member. While at Concordia, Peter was a member of the A Cappella Choir. He worked at St. Luke Lutheran Church and School in St. Louis, Mo., from 1956 to 1958 before returning to Nebraska to teach at Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Grand Island. Peter is a member of the Lutheran Education Association and the American Guild of Organists.

Jennifer (Davis) Schwartz, class of 2006

HOF_Jennifer_Schwartz.jpgJennifer (Davis) Schwartz graduated from Concordia with degrees in math and psychology before earning a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She played both soccer and softball for the Bulldogs. As a senior striker on the 2005 soccer team, she earned honors as First Team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference, three-time GPAC Player of the Week, three-time NAIA Region III Player of the Week, Concordia Female Athlete of the Year, NAIA Honorable Mention All-America and Female State College Athlete of the Year nominee by the Omaha World-Herald. She also earned First Team All-GPAC honors in 2003 and second team in 2004 and 2002, and was named the GPAC Co-Player of the Year in 2003, when she also earned the GPAC Player of the Week award twice and the NAIA Region IV Player of the Week award once. Schwartz was named a 2003 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American and Region IV First Team selection. Her school records in soccer include career goals (88) and points (206). In softball, Schwartz was recognized as a First Team All-GPAC honoree in 2006 and as an honorable mention choice in 2004 and 2005. The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named her Second Team All-Region and an All-American Scholar Athlete in 2005. Schwartz has worked as an accountant at Mutual of Omaha and as an accounts receivable manager at Meds Express, Inc.

Matthew List, class of 1991

HOF_Matthew_List.jpgMatthew List graduated from Concordia in 1991 with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business management. He was a member of both the basketball and golf teams for four years. In basketball, List was a two-time First Team All-Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player and First Team All-NAIA District 11 selection. He played in the 1990 All-NAIA District 11 All-Star game and earned first team honors from the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald for the 1990–91 season. He led the 1990–91 Bulldog squad to a 23-11 record, claimed the NAIA District 11 title and advanced to the school’s first-ever NAIA National Tournament. He averaged 16.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior after posting 16.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a junior. List earned the 1991 Concordia Invitational Tournament MVP award and was a member of four CIT championship teams. He currently ranks fifth in school history with 1,608 career points and first in rebounds with 929. He also earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors as a junior and senior, and was on both the honor roll and dean’s list. He has worked for the accounting firm BKD, LLP in Kansas since December, 2001. List serves the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Youth Entrepreneurs board. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Rachael (Geidel) Burger, class of 2001

HOF_Rachael_Geidel_Burger.jpgRachael (Geidel) Burger graduated from Concordia with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. She then earned her master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Running cross country for CU, Berger earned NAIA All-America honors for three years, and a sixth-place finish as a senior. In indoor track and field, she earned All-America honors twice as a member of the 4x800-meter relay team, including a 1999 national title, twice in the distance medley and once each in the one-mile and 5,000-meter runs. In outdoor track, she received All-America recognition three years in the 4x800-meter relay and twice in the 1,500-meter run. She holds school records in the 1,000-meter run (2:55.81), the one-mile run (5:00.21), the 3,000-meter run (10:14.42), the 5,000-meter run (17:41.76) and the distance medley (12:10.00). Burger was awarded Concordia’s 2000-01 Female Athlete of the Year award and led the Bulldogs to four top-10 team finishes at the NAIA National Championships. Burger was a member of the yearbook staff and pre-med club, and earned the President’s Academic Scholarship. She currently enjoys her role as a homemaker and works as an independent contractor for Great Plains Radiology. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Men’s Basketball Team, 1991-92

Led by head coach Grant Schmidt, the 1991–92 Concordia men’s basketball team set a then-school record for most wins in a season with 26. The team won the Nebraska Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship – the school’s first-ever basketball conference title. The Bulldogs won the NAIA District 11 Championship and advanced to the national semifinals. The Bulldogs finished with a conference record of 10–2 and won the Concordia Invitational Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The team led NAIA District 11 in both scoring defense, holding opponents to 72.7 points per game, and free throw percentage at 74.4 percent. Assisted by coaches Micah Parker and Tom Scott, the team included four seniors who each finished their careers with more than 1,000 points: John Peulz, Devin Smith, Mike Works and Eric Priebe. The team included four other seniors, one junior, six sophomores and seven freshmen. Stan Schlueter served as the team’s athletic trainer and equipment manager, while Tom Ebel served as student manager. Puelz currently ranks second in school history with 1,955 career points, while Bulldog Hall of Fame member Smith holds the third all-time record with 1,659 points. Works, the team’s point guard, won the Lincoln Journal Star’s State College Player of the Year award. Works was joined by Puelz and Smith on both the all-district and all-conference squads. Puelz and Smith received NAIA Division II All-America Honorable Mention honors, while Puelz and Works made the Academic All-America team. Smith, who led the Bulldogs at the national tournament with 56 points and 25 rebounds, was selected to the all-tournament team at the NAIA Division II Championships. Smith, the 1991–92 Concordia College Athlete of the Year, also led the team in scoring on the season with 16.1 points per game, followed closely by Puelz’s 16.0 average.

8 October 2012


Victor Peter


Jennifer (Davis) Schwartz


Matthew List


Rachael (Geidel) Burger


Men’s Basketball Team, 1991-92