SEWARD, Neb. – For the third time since the GPAC formed in 2000, Concordia University has claimed the GPAC All-Sports Standings Trophy, as announced on Wednesday. With 148 points, Bulldog athletics held off Doane (145.5 points) for the top spot in the 2014-15 standings. Concordia also trumped all GPAC institutions to win the trophy in 2002-03 and 2004-05. In addition, the Bulldogs were recently honored with the GPAC-Christopherson All-Academic Award that recognizes the GPAC institution with the highest combined GPA among all of its student-athletes.
Said Director of Athletics Devin Smith, “I am so happy for our department, staff, student-athletes and the many people throughout our campus who believed in a vision as we collectively overcame challenges to get to this point. Nothing makes me more excited to be awarded the Christopherson Award and the GPAC All-Sports Trophy in the same academic year. I am humbled and I praise God for blessing the mission and vision we share at CUNE. This is a historic time for Bulldog Nation.”
Both wrestling and men’s outdoor track and field turned in first-place regular-season finishes in 2014-15. In addition, a host of Concordia squads finished in second place: women’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field.
Though not weighted towards the all-sports standings, three women’s teams won GPAC tournament titles in 2014-15: basketball, soccer and softball. Additionally, Bulldog athletics has been represented at national championship events in the sports of women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball (May 11-13), men’s and women’s track and field and wrestling.
Bulldog athletic teams are also well known for their success in the classroom. Concordia entered the 2014-15 season as the NAIA’s all-time leader in number of Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes and was the first institution to eclipse 1,000 all-time scholar athletes. The current scholar-athlete total stands at 1,066 all-time. Through the fall and winter seasons, a total of 46 Bulldogs have been named 2014-15 scholar-athletes.
In many instances, 2014-15 has been a season of record-breaking accomplishments for Bulldog teams and athletes. Both the women’s soccer and baseball programs broke program records for wins in a season. The Concordia wrestling squad attained its highest-ever national finish (12th), women’s soccer made its first-ever national tournament appearance and women’s basketball reached the national title game for the first-time ever.
Individually, track and field stars Zach Lurz and Josh Slechta both won national titles at the 2015 indoor national championships. On the hardwood, Bailey Morris led the Bulldog women’s basketball team to significant heights while breaking the program record for career scoring and being named the NAIA Division II National Player of the Year. Numerous other Concordia athletes have been named All-Americans throughout the campaign.