SEWARD, Neb. – Senior Walker Fisher and junior Darrin Miller of the Concordia University wrestling program have both been named 2019 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the NAIA on Friday (March 1). Fisher is now a two-time Scholar-Athlete while Miller has earned the award for the firt time. A native of Ashland, Neb., Fisher is majoring in Public Health and Fitness. Meanwhile, Miller (Othello, Wash.) is majoring in Business Administration.
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 61 wrestling 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 1,405 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.