Dr. Kregg Einspahr
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Dr. Kregg Einspahr enters his 23rd season as head coach for the Concordia University men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs in 2014-15. During his distinguished career, his teams have consistently been at the top of the Great Plains Athletic Conference and NAIA national standings.
Dr. Einspahr has been named conference or regional Coach of the Year for track or cross country more than 30 times during his career at Concordia. Most recently he was named 2014 GPAC Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year. He also been tabbed 2008, 2009 and 2012 GPAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, 2009 and 2010 GPAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year, 2009 GPAC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year and 2009, 2010 and 2012 GPAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Coach of the Year. The United State Track Coaches Association named Einspahr as NAIA National Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in the fall of 1999.
During his tenure, Einspahr has won nine combined GPAC cross country titles, two women’s track and field conference championships and two men's track and field crowns. Einspahr's Bulldogs broke through with the first two men's conference titles in 2014 by sweeping the GPAC indoor and outdoor titles.
Since 2000, Einspahr’s teams have been NAIA national runner up six times in track or cross country. The 2012 Bulldog men’s cross country squad, led by GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Year Colin Morrissey, became the latest cross country team under Einspahr to win the conference title.
In 2011, Einspahr guided Concordia women’s cross country to the national championships for the 17th time in 18 seasons. In all 17 appearances, the Bulldog women have gone on to finish in the top 20 in the nation. Sarah Kortze starred in 2012, becoming the next in line in a great history of Bulldog distance runners. Kortze garnered GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Year honors, finished as an All-American for the second-straight year and was named Lincoln Journal Star State College Female Athlete of the Year.
Among current NAIA cross country programs, the Concordia women are ranked No. 1 all-time, according to a scoring system developed by the NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association. The Bulldog men rank sixth among respective programs in that same point system.
Einspahr coached the women's outdoor track and field squad to a GPAC Championship in the spring of 2012 and was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. In 2013, the Bulldogs finished second at the GPAC outdoor meet (hosted by Concordia) on both the men’s and women’s sides. Fifteen individuals were All-Americans at the 2013 indoor national championships, followed by nine more at outdoor nationals.
During 2010-11, the Concordia men’s cross country team placed 20th at Nationals. Dana Schmidt was the GPAC cross country champion, GPAC Runner of the Year and an All-American. In the indoor season, Colin Morrissey picked up GPAC Athlete of the Year honors. Several Bulldogs finished as All-Americans, highlighted by Chris Tegtmeier’s national championship performance in the racewalk and Corbin Jones’ national runner-up performance in the weight throw. Dana Schmidt was the GPAC Athlete of the Year, and Tegtmeier was the national runner up in the racewalk during the 2011 outdoor season. The Bulldog men tied for 11th at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships.
2009-10 was also a very successful year for Coach Einspahr and his teams. His 2009 men’s cross country team was GPAC champion and NAIA national runner up. The 2009 women’s cross country team finished in the top 20 at Nationals for the 16th straight year. The 2010 women’s indoor track & field team was GPAC champion, snapping a 19-year run by Doane atop the conference. The women’s outdoor track and field team also won the conference championship, splitting the title with Doane.
A 1982 graduate of Concordia, Einspahr continued his education at the University of Nebraska where he earned his master’s degree in Biology in 1985. He received a doctorate degree (PhD) in Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Texas in 1988. Einspahr also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to coaching, he serves as a professor of biology at Concordia.
While competing at Concordia, he was a six-time NAIA national champion, winning the indoor mile once and the indoor two mile twice. In the steeplechase, he was a three-time national champion and at the time, had the NAIA national record (since broken) in all three events. He also ran professionally and was ranked in the United States and world while competing in three Olympic trials.
Dr. Einspahr’s teams are known not only for their competitiveness, but also for their work in the classroom. In 2014, the Concordia track and field teams again had more NAIA scholar-athletes than any school in the conference or national association.
Kregg and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Seward with their sons, Jackson and Kieran. Kregg enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, reading and gardening.
Contact Coach Einspahr
- 402-643-7333(office) • Kregg.Einspahr@cune.edu
Suzanne Weeder-Einspahr, assistant coach
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Suzanne continues to assist her husband with the cross country program at Concordia.
Collegiately she was a two-time NAIA national champion, winning the indoor mile and outdoor 3000 in 1994. She continues to compete throughout the world, running in Beijing, China with the Women’s Ekiden Team in 2004.