Dr. Kregg Einspahr completed his coaching tenure at Concordia University in 2015-16 in what was his 24th season as head coach for the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs. His distinguished career included two team national titles (2015 men's outdoor track and field and 2016 women's outdoor track and field), seven national runner-up finishes and 16 combined conference titles (nine cross country, seven track and field).
Dr. Einspahr was named conference or regional coach of the year for track or cross country dozens of times during his career at Concordia. Most recently he was named the 2016 NAIA women's outdoor track national coach of the year and the 2015 NAIA men's outdoor track national coach of the year. He also garnered 1999 NAIA women's cross country national coach of the year honors (see award list at bottom).
During his tenure, Einspahr won nine combined GPAC cross country titles, four women’s track and field conference championships and three men's track and field crowns. Einspahr's Bulldogs broke through with the first two men's conference titles in 2014 by sweeping the GPAC indoor and outdoor championships.
Between 2000 and 2016, Einspahr’s teams were NAIA national runner up seven times in track or cross country. The 2012 Bulldog men’s cross country squad, led by GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Year Colin Morrissey, became the latest cross country team under Einspahr to win the conference title.
In 2011, Einspahr guided Concordia women’s cross country to the national championships for the 17th time in 18 seasons. In all 17 appearances, the Bulldog women finished in the top 20 nationally. Sarah Kortze starred in 2012, becoming the next in line in a great history of Bulldog distance runners. Kortze garnered GPAC Cross Country Runner of the Year honors, finished as an All-American for the second-straight year and was named Lincoln Journal Star State College Female Athlete of the Year.
Among current NAIA cross country programs, the Concordia women are ranked No. 1 all-time, according to a scoring system developed by the NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association. The Bulldog men rank sixth among respective programs in that same point system.
Einspahr coached a total of 27 track and field national championship performances. Bulldog throwers won a combined eight national titles over the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons. The list also includes six-time pole vault national champion TJ Kloster and two-time 3,000 meter race walk titlist Chris Tegtmeier.
A 1982 graduate of Concordia, Einspahr continued his education at the University of Nebraska where he earned his master’s degree in Biology in 1985. He received a doctorate degree (PhD) in Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Texas in 1988. Einspahr also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
While competing at Concordia, he was a six-time NAIA national champion, winning the indoor mile once and the indoor two mile twice. In the steeplechase, he was a three-time national champion and at the time, had the NAIA national record (since broken) in all three events. He also ran professionally and was ranked in the United States and world while competing in three Olympic trials.
Dr. Einspahr’s teams became well-known not only for their competitiveness, but also for their work in the classroom. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 the Concordia track and field teams had more NAIA scholar-athletes than any school in the conference or national association.
Kregg and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Seward with their sons, Jackson and Kieran.
Dr. Kregg Einspahr's Academic Programs
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