Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees - 2006
MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/16/06)--- The Concordia College Athletics Department inducted five former athletes into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the annual Homecoming festivities. This years award winners were Tim Anderson '85, Susan Ekberg Risher '82, John A. Mutschelknaus ’80, Daniel L. Fahrman ’74 and Robert J. Nick '65.
Timothy J. Anderson ’85
“Yogi” Anderson was a standout athlete at Melrose (Minn.) High School in basketball, golf and baseball. He was named to the Minnesota All-Star baseball team in 1981. At Concordia, he was 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. An accounting major, he earned his CPA degree and for the past nine years has served as the chief financial officer for Fulfillment Distribution Center Inc. in St. Cloud, Minn.
Susan Ekberg Risher ’82
An outstanding scorer and rebounder, Susan Ekberg averaged 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game during her career from 1980-82. She was a key member of the 1982 AIAW Division III National Championship Basketball Team. She was named to the 1981 and 1982 Minnesota All-State teams, the 1981 AIAW All-Region team, and earned All-America honors in 1981 and 1982. Risher began Spiritseeker Publishing and has published several popular children’s and inspirational books. She founded The Energy Center in 2004 and has released two meditation CDs. She currently writes a weekly newspaper column and hosts a weekly radio show, “The Next Step,” on 105.9 FM in Fargo.
John A. Mutschelknaus ’80
John Mutschelknaus was an outstanding cross country and distance runner from 1976 to 1980. He is the school record holder in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter and the indoor 3,000-meter and 2-mile distances. In 1980 he was the MIAC champion in the 5,000-meter event and advanced to the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet. He also participated in the 1979 NCAA National meet in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter distance runs. Mutschelknaus earned a degree in healthcare administration and has enjoyed a distinguished career in the health professions. He is currently the CEO/executive director of Commonwealth Medical Group in West Allis, Wis., managing a medical group practice of 31 primary care physicians at 14 locations.
Daniel L. Fahrman ’74
A three-year starter at quarterback, Fahrman was equally skilled as a passer and runner, setting a school record of 4,195 total yards in his career. 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 and first team quarterback on the All-Lutheran College Team. That season he averaged 5.5 yards per rush, 12.8 yards per pass and 102.7 total yards per game. Fahrman has been teaching science in the West Fargo (N.D.) school district for 31 years. He is also a coach for the West Fargo Packers football team that has won five state championships in the past 13 years.
Robert J. Nick ’65
Bob Nick has been an assistant football coach and Physical Education faculty member for 41 years. He quarterbacked the 1964 NAIA Co-National Championship football team and was one of three Cobbers named to the MIAC All-Conference Team that year. Nick was also the captain of the 1964-65 basketball team. In addition to football, his coaching career includes 36 years as tennis coach and 17 years as assistant basketball coach. He has served as interim athletic director and is currently assistant athletic director. He has been a high school basketball and football official for 40 years. Nick is currently the senior member of the faculty at Concordia College.