Four Concordia tennis student-athletes have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the NAIA on Friday. For the Bulldog men, senior Cole Egger and juniors Joel Kaldahl and Nathan Wingfield received the prestigious honor. On the women’s side, senior Mikaela Barz collected Scholar-Athlete recognition for the second-straight year.
Egger, a native of Galva, Iowa, majored in business administration with a finance concentration. Kaldahl hails from Spencer, Iowa, and is a business major. Wingfield found his way to Concordia via Greendale, Wis., and is majoring in pre-physical therapy. Finally, Barz, a San Antonio, Texas, native, majored in theology.
After adding the 38 combined Scholar-Athletes in the fall and winter sports, Concordia now has 42 Scholar-Athletes for the 2012-13 athletic season. Honorees for baseball, softball, track and field and women's golf have yet to be announced.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, 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 to qualify for this honor. Nationally, 119 women and 94 men were honored as Scholar-Athletes in the sport of tennis.