SEWARD, Neb. – A two-time Academic All-District award winner, Concordia University Tennis student-athlete Joe Bindl has garnered a more prestigious honor. As announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Tuesday (June 14), Bindl has been named to the organization’s 2022 Academic All-America® Men’s At-Large Second Team for the NAIA. The “At-Large” category includes student-athletes from tennis and a variety of other intercollegiate sports. There were 20 NAIA student-athletes recognized as either first or second team Academic All-Americans.
The 2021-22 Academic All-America® Men's and Women's At-Large Teams, selected by CoSIDA, recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances in athletic competition and in the classroom. The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA.
Not only a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District and 2022 Academic All-America award winner, Bindl has been named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and was recognized as a GPAC All-Conference honoree in both 2021 and 2022. Bindl graduated with his degree in Accounting while sporting a nearly spotless cumulative grade-point average of 3.99. As part of his tennis career, Bindl helped the Bulldogs reach the GPAC championship match in 2021 (first time ever) and then the conference semifinals in 2022. Over four seasons as a Bulldog, Bindl compiled career records of 24-17 in singles and 26-20 in doubles.
Bindl is the second student-athlete in Concordia Tennis program history to earn the CoSIDA Academic All-District award and the first in program annals to be chosen as an Academic All-American. Luke Zoller garnered Academic All-District recognition in 2019.