Athletic Tradition
 

Hall of Fame

The Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes those individuals and teams that best exemplify the spirit, integrity and philosophy of Concordia's athletic program. Former players, coaches and others who have made significant contributions and brought honor and recognition to the athletic program are eligible for selection to the Hall of Fame.

1986 INDUCTEES
Jacobi "Jake" Christiansen
Athletic Director, Head Football Coach 1941-1968
Irvin A. Christenson
Professor Department Chair, Coach, Athletic Director 1946-1976

1987 INDUCTEES

Alfred M. "Pop" Sattre
Founder of Concordia Football Program, Co-Founder of MIAC, Faculty Athletic Representative-30 years 1915-1950
Carl R. Narveson
Basketball, Football 1920-1925
Karl J. Lawrence
Football, Basketball, Baseball 1921-26
William S. "Sally" Brewster
Football, Basketball, Baseball 1922-1926
Clifford A. Halmrast
Basketball, Football 1928-1932
Robert F. Fritz
Football 1931-1935
Dale E. Sandstrom
Football, Track 1951-1955
Arlo A. Brunsberg
Football, Baseball, Basketball 1958-1962

1988 INDUCTEES
Charles J. Basch
Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Baseball, Football and Hockey Coach 1946-1950, 1962-1967
Curtis G. Gabrielson
Football, Track and Field 1954-58
Donald E. Gerhardt
Football, Basketball 1962-1966
David A. Heide
Football 1962-1966
Gary L. Larsen
Football, Basketball 1960-1964
Harlan C. Leopold
Wrestling 1961-1965

1989 INDUCTEES
Frank I. Cleve
Football, Basketball and Baseball Coach 1926-1936
Earl A. Moran
Basketball, Football 1930-1934
Donald "Pat" Hilde
Basketball, Football 1930-1934
Alward H. Tweit
Wrestling, Football, Track 1954-1958
Joan S. Hult
Founder of Concordia's Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Program 1958-1968
Richard A. Peterson
Basketball 1966-1970
Barry M. Bennett
Football, Wrestling 1974-1978

1990 INDUCTEES
Ole "Red" Haroldson
Football, Basketball, Baseball 1925-1930
Carrol E. "Shorty" Malvey
Football, Basketball 1931-34
Kenneth D. Willey
Football 1938-1941
Donald L. Kerlin
Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track 1950-1954
William E. Quenette
Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track 1957-1962 Football, Basketball and Baseball Coach 1966-1971
Dale J. Hertel
Football, Baseball 1966-1971

1991 INDUCTEES

Leonard A. Larson
Football 1927-1929
Vernon "Finn" Grinaker
Basketball, Football, Track, Golf 1941-1943, 1945-1948 Professor, Wrestling, Golf, and Basketball Coach 1949-1988
David F. Grinaker
Track, Footbal 1973-1977

1992 INDUCTEES
G.T. "Ted" Birkeland
Football, Basketball, Baseball 1921-1925
Herschel H. Lysaker
Football 1928-1932
Lloyd H. "Pinkey" Falgren
Football, Basketball, Baseball 1928-1932
Douglas J. Dufty
Wrestling 1963-1967
Katherine A. Meyer Thomas
Basketball 1976-1980

1993 INDUCTEES
Doug Boese
Football, Basketball 1973-1977
Nancy Halda
Basketball, Volleyball 1978-1982
Craig Hertsgaard
Basketball, Baseball 1939-1943
Robert Laney
Basketball 1964-1968
Gary Samson
Hockey 1973-1977
Lawrence Schneider
Football, Basketball, Track 1934-38

1994 INDUCTEES
Raymond Grande
Football, Basketball 1940-1944
Paul Linde
Football, Baseball 1966-1970
Coral Beske Lunde
Basketball, Field Hockey 1976-1980
Kenneth Severud
Basketball, Baseball, Golf 1948-1953
William Smaby
Concordia Administrator 1952-1976
Hartvick "Shocky" Strand
Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track 1940-1944

1995 INDUCTEES
Buel Brodin '43
Football

Edwin "Sonny" Gulsvig '50
Basketball, baseball, football
Dr. Les Torgerson '62
Basketball
Dr. Howard Berglund '84
Baseball, track and football
JoDee Bock '85
Basketball
Ivan Larson
Faculty Athletic Representative 1950-1974

1996 INDUCTEES
Paul Brynteson ' 65
Football
Bruce Larson '72
Football/Basketball
Randy Guse '75
Football
Mark Jensen '79
Wrestling/Football
Kris (Elton) Montplaisir '81
Golf
Andrew Askegaard '82
Basketball

The 1997 Inductees:
Dr. S. Elwood Bohn '49
Basketball
Dr. Roger Gilbertson '59
Football
Paul Sannes '67
Football/Baseball
Dr. Dan Vandersteen '87
Tennis
Dr. Julie Gilbertson '87
Tennis

The 1998 INDUCTEES
Howard Leopold '69
Wrestling
Dan Tavica '75
Hockey
Jim Klug '82
Football
Garrett Byrne '83
Basketball
MaryLee Legried '88
Basketball
Jessica (Beachy) Rahman '88
Basketball

The 1999 INDUCTEES
Allen Holm, '79
Football
Steve Fox, '79
Track
Jillayn Quaschnick, '89
Basketball
1964 Football Team
First Concordia team National Champions

The 2000 INDUCTEES
Linda McDuffy, '84
Track and Field - Linda was the MIAC champion in the shot put, discus and javelin and established MIAC records in all three events. She placed in all three events at the NCAA Division III National meet.
Mark Rice, '87
Football, Hockey, Baseball - Mark was voted the Cobbers' Most Valuable Player in both hockey and baseball, and earned All-American status in hockey his junior and senior years.
Malcolm "Molly" McLeod, '83
Wrestling - Molly was a four-time MIAC wrestling champion and an All-American all four years at Concordia and captured second place in the NCAA Division III Meet his senior year.
Ronald Offutt, '64
Football, Wrestling - Ron was an All-Conference football player his junior year and was the MIAC heavyweight wrestling champion.

The 2001 INDUCTEES
Jim Christopherson
1969-2000, Football
1978 National Championship Football Team
1981 National Championship Football Team

The 2002 INDUCTEES
Bob Beliveau, '79
Football
Don Krause, 1957
Service
David Uhlir, '75
Football
1981-82 AIAW Division III Championship Women's Basketball Team

The 2003 INDUCTEES
Ralph Halvorson, ' 81 - Football
A starting linebacker on the 1978 MIAC championship and NAIA Division II National Championship football teams. All-American in 1980.
Charles Olson, ' 70 - Football and Track and Field
As a freshman, he won the long jump championship at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Meet. Earned all-conference honors in football on offense and defense.
Brent Reichert, '79 - Tennis and Basketball
Four-time NAIA All-District award winner in tennis. Also earned all-conference honorable mention honors in basketball. A standout student/athlete, he maintained a 3.98 GPA at Concordia
Michelle (Thykeson) Cota, '91 - Basketball
Ranks third on the all-time Lady Cobber scoring list. Named to four consecutive NCAA West Region All-Tournament teams. During her four years at Concordia, Cota led the Cobbers to an overall record of 96 wins and 17 losses, including a 72-8 conference record and a 54-game home winning streak.

The 2004 INDUCTEES
Kris Gulsvig, '77 - Baseball and Basketball 
All-MIAC and NAIA All District 13 in basketball and baseball.
Fred Hashley, '73 - Wrestling 
Won three straight MIAC heavyweight wrestling championships from ’71-73' and was a three time All- Lutheran heavyweight champion.
Kris Kuehl, '92 - Track and Field 
A member of the U.S. Olympic Team that competed in Sydney in 2000 and won the discus at the 2002 USA Track and Field Championships. She won the NCAA Division III national championship, and set a Division III championship meet record in the discus in her senior year.
Roger Lindahl, '84 - Football 
Named the MIAC Co-Most Valuable Player and was an All-America NAIA Division II honoree as an inside linebacker on the Cobber football team.
Marybeth Stephan Storey '82 - Basketball 
The point guard for the 1982 national championship women’s basketball team.

The 2005 INDUCTEES
Raleigh Lillemoe ’65 - Football and Wrestling

Lillemoe played center and was the co-captain of the 1964 national co-championship football team. He was named to two MIAC All Conference wrestling teams.
Mark Jordahl ’82 - Hockey and Tennis

Jordahl was the first recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award, presented to the best overall representative of MIAC tennis, that emphasizes scholastic achievement, sportsmanship and service to others. He was also earned Academic All American recognition. He played wing on Cobber hockey teams that reached the finals of the NAIA national tournament in 1979 and that qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament in 1981. 

Dan Olson ’82 - Football and Baseball
Olson was the starting safety on the 1981 NAIA national championship football team, and was an MIAC All Conference performer in football and baseball. 

Pam (Olsgaard) Nielsen ’86 – Cross Country, Track and Field
Nielsen was MIAC most valuable women's track athlete in 1986 after setting the conference record in the 400-meters. She was a four-time participant in the NCAA Division III national championship meet and twice earned All-America honors in the 400 meters and once in the 1600-meter relay.
Dr. Armin Pipho 1976-2003 - Athletic Director & Chair of Physical Education and Health

Pipho led the athletic department for 27 years, overseeing the creation of many women's intercollegiate sports programs and the construction of the Olson Forum. Pipho's legacy is one of solid management, highly competitive teams with stable coaching staffs, and a level of student participation that far exceeds national averages.

The 2006 INDUCTEES
Timothy J. Anderson ’85 - Baseball
“Yogi” Anderson was a a four-year starter at catcher who earned All-Conference honors and was selected as the MIAC Most Valuable Player after his senior season in 1985.
Susan Ekberg Risher ’82 -  Basketball
Ekberg was a key member of the 1982 AIAW Division III National Championship Basketball Team and earned All-America honors in 1981 and 1982.
John A. Mutschelknaus ’80 - Cross Country
Mutschelknaus is the school record holder in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter and the indoor 3,000-meter and 2-mile distances.
Daniel L. Fahrman ’74 - Football 

He was MIAC All-Conference his junior and senior seasons and, following his senior season in 1973, he was selected the MIAC Most Valuable Player.  
Robert J. Nick ’65 - Football
Nick was assistant football coach and Physical Education faculty member for 41 years. He quarterbacked the 1964 NAIA Co-National Championship football team and was the captain of the 1964-65 basketball team.

The 2007
INDUCTEES
Aaron Banks '96 - Track & Field
From 1994 to 1996 Banks was a national runner-up four times and a NCAA Division III national champion three times, winning the 1995 and 1996 indoor shot put titles and the 1995 outdoor discus championship.
Donald “Bucky” Burgau - Baseball
Burgau is the winningest baseball coach in the MIAC with 343 wins, and has coached the Cobbers to 555 overall wins in his 30 years as baseball coach.
Chris Coste - Baseball

Coste was a three-time All-American and three-time MIAC Most Valuable Player as a pitcher and third baseman.
Dwight Hintermeister '82 - Football
Hintermeister played 
a prominent role in two national championship football teams.
Patricia Kubow '89 - Basketball

Kubow helped lead the Lady Cobber basketball team to its best four-year record, with 104 wins and only 13 losses from 1985 to 1989. During this period, the Lady Cobbers were NCAA Division III national champions in 1987-1988 and national runners-up in 1986-1987.
The Rev. Carl Lee
Lee founded the chaplaincy program for the Cobber football team.

The 2008
INDUCTEES
Steve Baumgartner '82 - Hockey
Baumgartner was a four-year starter at center.
Jeff Neil '85 - Wrestling

Neil owns the record for most takedowns in a career, and is a three-time All-MIAC champion. He was twice selected – in 1983 and 1985 – as the most outstanding wrestler in the MIAC.
1987-88 NCAA National Championship Team
The 1987-88 Cobber women’s basketball team won the NCAA Division III National Championship in front of a packed house in Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium. On this team were three MIAC Most Valuable Players, five All-Americans and five individual inductees into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame. Members of the team are Barbara (Ambuehl) Oistad ‘90, Jessica (Beachy) Rahman ‘88, Cheri (Beyer) Stageberg ‘88, LaDonna (Cummings) Golden ‘89, Rebecca Ehnert ‘90, Kim Fierke ‘91, Nancy (Jacobson) Bruns ‘88, Susan (Kalpin) Empting ‘91, Patricia Kubow ‘89, MaryLee Legried ‘88, Jillayn Quaschnick ‘89, Rhonda (Schneekloth) Nudell ‘91 and Michelle (Thykeson) Cota ‘91. Julie (Hunt) Bauer ‘88 was the student manager, and Duane Siverson and Jerry Pyle coached the team.

The 2009 INDUCTEES
Collette (Buhr) Folstad - Women's Basketball
Folstad was the first coach of the Cobber women’s basketball program in the Title IX era and set the stage for the national championship season in 1981. She compiled a record of 115 wins and 45 losses in six seasons from 1974 to 1980.
Mike Hassman '91 - Men's Hockey
Hassman was a first team All-American, MIAC most valuable player and a three-time MIAC all conference player.
Dave Klug '80 - Football
Klug earned All-American honors as a defensive end in football his senior season. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the 1980 NFL draft and played four seasons for the Chiefs. Klug joined the Cobber coaching staff in 1988.
Kris (DeBoer) Smith '89 - Track and Field
Smith won seven MIAC long jump titles, eight conference triple jump championships and was a six-time All-American.
Tim Tinglestad '82 - Men's Golf
Tingelstad was a member of the champion MIAC golf team and an Academic All-American golfer during his senior season in 1981. He was a three-time All-MIAC selection.

The 2010 INDUCTEES
Peter Curry ’96 – Men’s Soccer
2005 MIAC MVP...school record holder in points (110)...school record holder in goals (41)...1995 MIAC MVP...Captain of the 1995 MIAC Championship Team...2-time All-Region...3-time All-MIAC.
Renee (Erickson) Lang ’97 – W. Track and Field
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner...four-time All-American...two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American...1994, 1995 & 1996 NCAA national champion in the javelin...NCAA national runner-up in the javelin in 1997...four-time MIAC javelin champion...track and field captain in 1996-97...member of the Cobber volleyball team in 1993.
Deb (Idstrom) Hallquist ‘92 - Women’s Soccer
First Concordia women’s soccer player to be named to the All-Region First Team...3-time All-MIAC...school record holder for most career goals...held the school record for most goals in a season (19) from 1991-2004...Concordia assistant coach from 1992-98.
Terry Horan ’89 – Football and Baseball
Current Concordia head coach...All-American in football in 1989...school record holder for most touchdowns in a single season as well as reception, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns for a career...three-time All-MIAC...All-Region and All-MIAC in baseball in 1989.
Doug McMillan ’83 – Football
1982 NAIA Division II All-American...1982 NAIA All-District First Team...1982 MIAC All-Conference...1982 Team MVP...1982 team captain
Doug Toivonen ’89 – Football and Baseball
1988 MIAC All-Conference in football...quarterback for the 1988 football team that won the MIAC championship...school record holder for passing attempts and passing yards in a single season...1989 MIAC All-Conference in baseball...1989 team MVP in baseball.
Bob Ulrich (Minot State ’61) – Trainer
Head Athletic Trainer for the entire Concordia athletic department from 1966-1996...the first Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer on staff in the history of the Athletic Department...trainer for the 1978 and 1981 Cobber national championship football teams.

The 2011 INDUCTEES
Christine Fredrick ‘91 - Track and Field
A Cobber track and field and cross country athlete from 1987 to 1991, Chris Fredrick was a five-time All-American who still holds school records in the indoor 1,500 meters and outdoor 3,000 meters.
Lisa (Hanson) Sekely ‘94 - Golf
From 1990 to 1994, Lisa (Hanson) Sekely completed one of the best careers in Cobber golf history. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time member of the MIAC All-Academic team. In 1992, she was the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III national tournament.
Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson ‘99 - Volleyball
Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson is the school record holder for most kills and most points in a season, and most kills in her four-year Cobber volleyball career from 1995 to 1999.
David Rosengren ‘82 - Football
Dave Rosengren played defensive end on Cobber football teams that won or shared four MIAC titles and won NAIA national championships in 1978 and 1981. He earned All-American honors in 1981, the same year he was one of the captains of the national championship team. He was twice named to the All-MIAC first team.
Allen Rice - Coach
Al Rice’s coaching career at Concordia in hockey, baseball and football spanned 29 years. He coached men’s hockey for 18 of those years, compiling a 144-120-5 record in MIAC play, and won the MIAC championship in 1981 when he was also selected as MIAC coach of the year. He coached baseball for 10 years and was an assistant football coach from 1968 to 1997.
Larry Knutson - Broadcaster
Since 1983, Larry Knutson has been the radio voice of Cobber athletics. He is the longest running play-by-play announcer in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and, in 2008, MIAC sports information directors honored him with the Mike Augustin Award for his outstanding contributions to MIAC athletics.
Jim Southwick ‘88 - Football
Jim Southwick is the all-time leader in assisted tackles (239) and second for most tackles (356). He earned All-American honors in 1987 and was three times named to the All-MIAC first team. His senior year he was elected team captain and the most valuable player.

The 2012 INDUCTEES
Darrel Pederson ‘86 - Men's Basketball
Darrel Pederson led the MIAC in scoring in 1986 and was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team that season. He was also named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team in 1985. Darrel was named Concordia’s Most Valuable Player in 1985 and 1986.
Terry Storm ‘89 - Football
Terry Storm earned All-American honors for the Cobber football team in his senior season in 1988. He was a two-time All-MIAC award winner and still holds the school record for interceptions in a career.  Storm was the captain for Concordia’s MIAC title team in 1988.
Kari (Walrath) Ehlers ‘96 - Women's Golf
Kari (Walrath) Ehlers was a two-time NCAA All-American and four time MIAC All-Conference athlete for the Cobber women’s golf team from 1992-96. She also helped Concordia finish third at the NCAA Division III Meet in 1995. Ehlers placed in the top 5 of the MIAC in all four years.
Duane Siverson - Coach
Duane Siverson began his coaching career at Concordia in 1978 and became one of the most successful coaches in Cobber athletic history. Siverson coached women’s and men’s Cobber basketball for 33 seasons, and women’s and men’s golf for 30 seasons and counting. In women’s basketball his most successful teams were the 1988 NCAA Division III national champions and the 1987 runners-up. In 1988, Siverson was honored as National Coach of the Year. He coached the Cobber men’s basketball team to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1996. As coach of women’s golf, he guided the team to six NCAA top three finishes, and 11 of their first 12 MIAC golf championships from 1989 to 2000.

The 2013 INDUCTEES
Paul Sanderson ‘64
- Men's Golf
Paul Sanderson never lost a MIAC golf match while playing for the Cobbers from 1961 to 1964. He placed third in the 1961 NAIA national tournament and also won the Resorter’s Golf Tournament in 1961.
Darwin Kreft '76
- Men's Basketball
Darwin Kreft was a two-time All-MIAC basketball player and the team's most valuable player in 1975 and 1976.
Mark Heysse '80
- Football
Mark Heysse was a member of three MIAC football championship teams, the 1978 national championship team, and was the all-conference and second team All-American in 1980.
Kent Kuball '85
- Baseball
Kuball was a four-year letter winner in baseball and a member of the All-MIAC teams in 1984 and 1985. He holds records for career stolen bases and career runs scored. He was a member of the 1981 national championship football team and holds Cobber career records in punt and kick returns.
Mary (Line) Sloan '88
- Women's Track and Field
Mary (Line) Sloan earned All-MIAC honors in track from 1985 to 1988, and was a seven-time All-American competing in the long jump, 400-meter run, heptathlon and the 1600-meter relay team. She was a member of the Cobber’s MIAC championship track team in 1988 and a two-year captain.
Tammy (Krell) Anderson '88
- Women's Track and Field
Tammy (Krell) Anderson earned All-American honors in track seven times and All-MIAC honors 18 times from 1985 to 1988. She competed in the NCAA National Meet in the 400-meter hurdles, high jump and 1600-meter relay, and set Cobber records in four individual and two relay events during her career.