Dr. Kregg Einspahr
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Dr. Kregg Einspahr completed 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. His distinguished career has included a 2015 national title (men's outdoor track and field), six national runner-up finishes and 16 combined conference titles (nine cross country, seven track and field).
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 the 2015 NAIA men's outdoor track and field national coach of the year after guiding the Bulldogs to the first team national title in school history. 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 and 2015 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, four women’s track and field conference championships and three 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 finished in the top 20 nationally. 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 has coached a total of 23 track and field national championship performances. In 2015 throwers Cody Boellstorff, Zach Lurz and Josh Slechta each won an individual national title. The list also includes six-time pole vault national champion TJ Kloster and two-time 3,000 meter race walk titlist Chris Tegtmeier.
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 and 2015 the Concordia track and field teams 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.