Bigandt, Hentges and ten Bensel rake in NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors

By on Jun. 1, 2016 in Baseball

2016 Daktronics-NAIA Baseball Scholar Athletes

SEWARD, Neb. – Three Bulldogs from the Concordia baseball team were named to the list of 2015-16 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes announced on Wednesday. Taylor Bigandt, Aaron Hentges and Drew ten Bensel were all named to the scholar-athlete list for the first time in their careers.

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 and must have achieved a junior academic status. A total of 353 baseball student-athletes across the nation were named 2015-16 scholar-athletes by the NAIA.

Bigandt, a senior from Littleton, Colo., majored in business administration and marketing during his career at Concordia. Another senior and Seward native, ten Bensel also majored in business administration. Hentges, a junior from Concordia, Mo., is majoring in secondary education.

Concordia University ranks as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes with 1,306 and counting. CUNE ended 2015-16 season with a total of 92 scholar-athletes. The 2014-15 season culminated with GPAC-leading totals of 94 Bulldog scholar-athletes and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams. During the 2013-14 academic year, Concordia garnered 101 Scholar-Athlete honorees (most in the NAIA) and 17 NAIA Scholar-Teams (tied for fourth nationally).

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and professional 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. For more information, visit