SEWARD, Neb. – A half-a-dozen student-athletes from the Concordia University softball program were named 2019 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the NAIA on Tuesday (May 28). The group of honorees includes five seniors and one junior (see list at bottom). Maddie Fousek is now a two-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete.
In order to be nominated 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, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer. A total of 510 softball student-athletes across the nation were named 2019 Scholar-Athletes by the NAIA.
Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,471 and counting. The Bulldogs have been a regular national leader for both scholar-athletes and scholar-teams and are coming off a 2017-18 academic year that resulted in 77 more scholar-athletes and 20 scholar-teams (third most in the nation). Also in 2017-18, seven Bulldog student-athletes garnered both CoSIDA Academic All-District and CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades.
Sydney Brown, Jr. | Raymond, Neb. | Biology
Baily Clear, Sr. | Alliance, Neb. | Business Administration
Maddie Fousek, Sr. | St. Paul, Neb. | Elementary Education
Jamie Lefebure, Sr. | Crete, Neb. | Biology (minor in Chemistry)
Tricia Tripp, Sr. | Simi Valley, Calif. | Biology/Chemistry
Brittany Woolridge, Sr. | Tucson, Ariz. | Elementary Education