Schedule Release: 2023 Concordia Softball

By Jacob Knabel on Sep. 22, 2022 in Softball

2023 Concordia Softball Schedule

SEWARD, Neb. – The 2023 Concordia University Softball schedule has been unveiled. Head Coach Brock Culler is slated to make his Bulldog debut this coming February while leading a program with four all-time GPAC championships to its credit. Next spring’s slate will feature 23 total regular season playing dates, 11 GPAC doubleheaders, four nonconference twin bills and three separate tournaments/invitationals.

Culler was named the head coach in late June. Originally from Cairo, Neb., Culler has spent 10 seasons as the head coach of Grand Island Central Catholic High School, which he led to the school’s first-ever state tournament appearance. He takes over a Concordia program that posted a 23-24 overall record in 2022 and reached the national tournament as recently as 2021.

The 2023 season is slated to officially get underway on Feb. 18 at an invite hosted in Kansas City, Mo., by Avila University. Following late February doubleheaders in the state of Kansas, the Bulldogs will look ahead to the Friends University Invitational (March 3-4) and the Tucson Invitational (March 7-10). Concordia is expected to play two games each day during its stay in Tucson, Ariz., over spring break. Upon a return to Nebraska, the Bulldogs will host their home opener on March 23 when Nebraska Wesleyan University is set to visit Seward.

Dates for pod play at the GPAC tournament are set for May 3-4 with the two highest seeds again earning the right to be the host teams. The GPAC Championship Series will then play out on May 6. Dates for the national tournament are May 15-17 for the NAIA Opening Round and May 25-31 for the NAIA Softball World Series. In the history of the program, Concordia has reached the national tournament in 2014, 2015 and 2021.

Culler’s 2023 roster will include two players who earned 2022 All-GPAC honors: Caitlyn McGarvie (first team) and Zoie Isom (honorable mention). Another player to watch is sophomore Kylie Shottenkirk, who went 8-for-8 during the 2022 GPAC tournament.