(November 17 - November 23, 2004)
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#4 Football - vs. Wartburg - Noon (Listen Live
- 1st Round of the NCAA Playoffs
Wrestling - Cobber Open - 9:00am - Memorial Auditorium
Swimming and Diving - hosts St. Ben's - 1:00pm

Women's Basketball - hosts Mayville State - 5:30pm (Listen Live
Men's Basketball - hosts Mayville State - 7:30pm (Listen Live

Men's Hockey - at UW-Stevens Point - 7:05pm
Women's Hockey - at Augsburg - 8:00pm

Men's Cross Country - at NCAA National Meet at UW-Eau Claire - 11:00am
Women's Hockey - at Augsburg - 5:15pm
Men's Hockey - at UW-Eau Claire - 7:05pm


Two Cobber Fall Athletes Earn Prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team Awards!!
Concordia volleyball player Jessica Walden (Sr., Hawley, Minn.) and football player Jordan Talge (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) were named to their respective sports CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team in the College Division. The College Division team includes players from Division II, III and NAIA from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana schools. 

Both athletes are now on the national ballot for consideration to be on the CoSIDA Academic All-American Team. The last Cobber athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors was Micah Benson ('00) who was a two-time award-winner in 1999 and 2000.

Walden is the only player from the MIAC to receive first team honors. In 2003, Walden was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Third Team. She was one of 100 players nominated for the six spots for the district award. It is one of the toughest sports and districts in which to earn Academic All-District honors in all of college athletics. She carries a 4.00 grade point average, while majoring in Biology and Psychology. 

Talge is one of only six players from the MIAC to receive first team honors.He becomes the second Cobber player in as many years to receive the prestigious award. Last year, offensive lineman Mitch Maxwell ('04) was awarded the honor. In 2003, Talge was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Third Team. 

Talge is one of the team captains in 2004. He led the MIAC in interceptions and passes defended. He finished the regular season with eight interceptions, 31 solo tackles and 42 total tackles and 17 passes defended. He was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week on October 25, and was also named to the Don Hansenís Football Gazette and D3football.comís Team of the Week on October 26. Talge carries a 3.735 grade point average, and is majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor in German. 

Morgan Bain Becomes Second Concordia Fall Athlete to be Named MIAC MVP!!
Concordia sophomore women's soccer player Morgan Bain (Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) became the second Concordia fall athlete to be named MIAC Most Valuable Player. Earlier in the month volleyball's Jessica Walden was also named conference MVP. 

Bain became the first player in Cobber women's soccer history to be named the MIAC MVP. She broke the conference record for goals in a season and points in a season. Both records were over 10 years old and both seemed completely untouchable. For the season, she totaled 17 goals and three assists for 37 points in 11 conference games. The old records were 15 goals and 32 points in 10 games. Overall, she finished with a school-record 24 goals and 53 points. She broke the old school mark of 19 goals and 46 points. She now has 34 goals and 76 points in her first two seasons for Concordia.(More

Concordia College - MIAC Record Setter and Trend Maker!
- Concordia became the first school in the history of the MIAC to have both their football and volleyball teams participate in the NCAA tournament in the same season. The Cobber volleyball team won the MIAC tournament and advanced to the Midwest Regional semifinal. The Concordia football team will host Wartburg College (Iowa) in the first round of the NCAA playoffs on Saturday, November 20. 

- Concordia will broadcast over 60 athletic events over the internet this winter. Concordia was the pioneer in web broadcasts in the MIAC. The 2004-05 season will mark the eighth year that the Cobber basketball games will be aired live on the web. Concordia started doing live broadcasts on the web in 1996. 

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Record: 8-0 MIAC (1st Place - 2004 MIAC Champions!!), 10-0
National Ranking: 4th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette Poll, 4th in the D3football.com Poll and 6th in the AFCA Poll
Recent Results: Menlo (Calif.) 0 at Concordia 30 at the Fargodome - Complete Recap
Upcoming Events: at home vs. Wartburg College on Saturday, November 20 at Noon - 1st Round NCAA Playoffs (Listen Live)

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia earned the leagueís automatic bid into the NCAA playoffs, and will host Wartburg (Iowa) on Saturday, November 20 at Noon at Jake Christiansen Stadium. It will be the first playoff game at Jake Christiansen Stadium since the Cobbers played Central College (Iowa) in an NCAA quarterfinal game in 1986. Concordia prevailed in that game 17-14.

The Cobbers will be making their first overall postseason appearance since 1997, when they lost to Augsburg in the first round 34-22 in the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. It will be the fourth time that Concordia will play in the NCAA playoffs and eighth overall playoff appearance. The Cobbers won the NAIA national championship in 1964, 1978 and 1981. The farthest they have ventured in the NCAA playoffs is the semifinal round. In 1986, Concordia lost to Augustana (Ill.) in the Division III semifinals.

- The Cobbers ended the regular season with an unblemished mark of 10-0. That ties a school record for most consecutive wins to start a season. It is also the third best start to a season in program history and best since the 1969 team that won 10 straight and finished at 10-1-0.

- The Cobbers finished the 2004 MIAC season with a perfect 8-0 record. It is the sixth time in program history that Concordia has gone through the MIAC season with a perfect record.

- Concordia finished as the only undefeated team in the MIAC. They are one of only 10 schools in all of NCAA Division III to finish the regular season with a clean record. The Cobbers are also one of only 18 teams in all three divisions of NCAA football to remain unbeaten.

- The Cobbers finished the year ranked in the top five in two major NCAA Division III polls. Concordia is fourth in the Don Hansen Football Gazette poll and also fourth in the latest D3football.com poll.  Last week, Concordia was ranked sixth in the AFCA poll.

- Concordiaís defense ended the regular season by allowing an MIAC low 10.8 points per game. The Cobbers posted two shutouts on the season, and only allowed 13 total points in their last three games of the year. The two-shutout season marks the first time Concordia has had more than one shutout in a season since the 1997 campaign when they also recorded two blankings.

- Concordia outscored their opponents 173-50 in the second half of their 10 games this season. The Cobbers held a 96-27 edge in the third quarter and a 77-23 margin in the final quarter. In the last three games of the year, Concordia has only allowed six points and an average of only 97.3 yards of total offense in the second half. In the decisive third quarter during those games, Concordia did not yield a point and only gave up 39.0 yards of total offense.

- Concordia senior wide receiver Andrew Passanante (Hawley, Minn.) became only the second receiver in program history to break the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a season. Passanante caught three passes for 49 yards in the teamís 30-0 win over Menlo, which brought his season total to 1,037 yards. Head coach Terry Horan was the only other Cobber receiver to catch for 1,000 yards. In 1987, Horan had 72 catches for 1,132 yards.

Passanante led the MIAC in receptions and receiving yards per game. He finished by averaging six catches a game and 103.7 yards per game.

- Junior kicker Brian Halverson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) tied the school record for field goals in a season on Friday night. Halverson knocked home his 11th field goal of the season when he connected on a 38-yarder against Menlo.  He tied the record held by Chris Reimertz (í91), who made 11 field goals in 1989 and 1990.

Halverson led the MIAC in scoring by a kicker (71 pts.), field goals (11), field goal percentage (78.6) and extra point percentage (95.0). He was 4-for-4 in field goals under 30 yards, 6-for-8 from 30 to 39 yards out and 1-for-2 from beyond 40 yards. His longest field goal of the year was a 40-yarder against St. Johnís.

- Brian Schumacher (Jr., Thompson, N.D.) finished his first full regular season as starting quarterback of the Cobbers by amassing 2,163 total offensive yards. That amount was second in the MIAC, and the second highest in school history. Schumacher led the MIAC in pass efficiency and was fifth in rushing.

- Concordia senior running back Ed Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) quietly established himself as one of the premiere backs in the conference in 2004. Oehlers finished the season by scoring two touchdowns against Menlo. He scored at least one TD in the teamís last five games and ended the year by scoring a total of 10 touchdowns. Oehlers was tied for fourth in the MIAC in touchdowns and sixth in total rushing yardage (597 yds.).
Record: 9-2 MIAC (2nd Place), 24-4 (MIAC Tournament Champions!!!)
National Ranking: 15th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Poll
Recent Results: NCAA Midwest Regional 1st Round - Concordia 3 vs. Lakeland (Wis.) 0 - Recap; NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinal - Concordia 0 vs. UW-Stout 3 - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Season

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia volleyball team lost in the semifinal of the Midwest Regional for the second straight season. The Cobbers finished the year with a 24-4 overall record. That mark sets a school record for fewest losses and highest winning percentage in a single season. 

Womenís Soccer
Record: 10-1 MIAC (2nd Place), 13-6-1
Recent Results: MIAC Semifinals - St. Olaf 3 vs. Concordia 3 (Cobbers win 5-4 in shootout) - Recap; MIAC Finals - Concordia 0 at Macalester 2 - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of 2004 Season

Latest News and Notes:
- The 2004 Concordia womenís soccer team set school records for most overall wins and most conference wins in a season. The Cobbers finished the regular season with a 10-1-0 mark in conference play and a 13-6-1 record in all games. The previous records were seven MIAC wins (2003) and 12 overall victories (1996).

- Concordia sophomore forward Morgan Bain (Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake, Minn.) became the first player in program history to be named the MIAC MVP. She broke the conference record for goals in a season and points in a season. Both records were over 10-years-old and both seemed completely untouchable. For the season, she totaled 17 goals and three assists for 37 points in 11 conference games. The old records were 15 goals and 32 points in 10 games. Overall, she finished with a school-record 24 goals and 53 points. She broke the old school mark of 19 goals and 46 points. She now has 34 goals and 76 points in her first two seasons for Concordia.

Bain led the MIAC in shots taken, shots per game, goals and points and was second in the league in game-winning goals.

- Four other Concordia womenís soccer players earned MIAC postseason honors. A total of five players receiving conference awards is a program record for most players earning postseason honors. Besides Bain, Besides Bain, Amy Ravenhorst (So., Hollandale, Minn./Albert Lea HS) and Betsy Olesen (So., Bismarck, N.D.) were also named to the MIAC All-Conference Team. Jill Fancher (So., Burnsville,  Minn.) and Miriam Lombardozzi (So., Billings, Mont.) were named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. It is the second consecutive year that Bain was named to the All-Conference Team and first for Ravenhorst and Olesen. Last season, Olesen was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. Both Fancher and Lombardozzi earned postseason honors for the first time in their careers.
Menís Cross Country
Recent Results: 19th Place at the NCAA Central Region Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the NCAA National Meet on Saturday, November 20 at 11:00am at UW-Eau Claire

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior Nick Myran (Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS) became the first Concordia menís cross-country runner to qualify for the NCAA National Meet since Jason Trichler accomplished the feat in 1992. Myran finished eighth at the NCAA Central Region Meet, earning All-Region honors for the second straight season. He was the highest individual qualifier in the meet. 

Myran joins Trichler (1990-92), Mark Lingle (1987), Henrik Pederson (1984) and John Mutschelknaus (1979) as the only Cobber runners to participate in the national meet in program history. The highest finish at an NCAA National Meet by a Concordia runner is 11th place. Lingle finished 11th in 1987. The only other All-American runner in Concordia menís cross-country history is Mutschelknaus, who finished 23rd in 1979. 

Womenís Cross Country
Recent Results: 13th Place at the NCAA Central Region Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Season

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia junior Natalie Hanson (Rogers, Minn./Elk River Area HS) finished the 2004 season by placing 19th at the NCAA Central Region Meet in Waverly, Iowa. It was the highest finish at a regional meet in her career, and more than 1:00 faster than her time last year at the regional meet.

As a team, Concordia bettered their score from last year by 62 points. Their total of 303 placed them 13th in the region Ė the identical spot as last season. In 2003, Concordia was 90 points away from finishing in the top 10. This year, the Cobbers were only 49 points shy of the top 10.
Menís Basketball
Record: 0-0 MIAC, 0-0
Recent Results: Start of Season
Upcoming Events: at Home vs. Mayville State on Monday, November 22 at 7:30pm

Latest News and Notes:
2004-05 Cobber Men's Basketball Preview
- Complete 2004-05 Men's Basketball Preview
The saying goes that you can attract more flies with honey than vinegar. And after last yearís ďsweetĒ season, where the Cobber menís basketball team finished third in the regular season and advanced to the MIAC semifinals, Concordia head coach Duane Siverson was able to attract a quality group of first-year fliers to go along with his swarm of top-notch returning players. The 2004-05 roster features eight freshman on the team, the most in program history.

The biggest buzz for the Cobbers in 2004-05 will be made underneath the basket. Concordia returns 2003-04 MIAC All-Conference forward Soren Nelson (Sr., Twin Valley, Minn.). Nelson led the team in rebounding (5.4 rpg)and was second  in scoring last season (14.3 ppg). He was 13th in the conference in scoring in league games. He also finished 12th in the MIAC in rebounding, 11th in free throw percentage (79.5%) and sixth in blocked shots (20). His ability to score inside and then step outside and hit the open 3-point jumper makes him a tough player to guard for any opposing team. (More)

Womenís Basketball
Record: 0-0 MIAC, 0-0
Recent Results: Start of Season
Upcoming Events: at Home vs. Mayville State on Monday, November 22 at 5:30pm

Latest News and Notes:
2004-05 Cobber Women's Basketball Preview
- Complete 2004 Concordia Women's Basketball Preview
Youíll have to excuse Concordia head coach Jessica Rahman and the rest of the coaching staff if they feel like a college student in the mid 1990ís getting ready to watch the final episode of Beverly Hills 90120. Rahman is about to have the best seat in the house for the final episode of Mandy Pearson 56562.

Mandy Pearson (Sr., Watkins, Minn.), last yearís MIAC MVP, is back for her senior season in 2004-05 and has already garnered preseason All-American honors by D3hoops.com. Last year Pearson finished the season by being ranked in the top 35 in the nation in three different statistical categories. She was eighth in assists per game (6.3), 29th in steals per game (3.5) and 32nd in free throw percentage (82.3%). She led the MIAC in assists (6.50 apg), was second in steals (3.73 spg) and 12th in overall scoring (13.7 ppg). She was also third in free throw percentage and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21). She has been gaining confidence and gathering accolades since she burst onto the scene as a freshman and was named to the MIAC All-First Year Team and led the nation in assists. The 2004-05 campaign should looks to be a coronation for one of the best players ever to suit up in a Cobber uniform.

Pearson will not be the only star in this yearís season-long episode. Last year Concordia had their best record since the 1990-91 season. The team finished with a 21-7 mark and made it all the way to the MIAC playoff championship game, a first in school history. Concordia also set a school record for biggest improvement in one season. The Cobbers improved a full seven games from the 2002-03 season.(More)
Menís Hockey
Record: 0-0 MIAC, 0-4-0
Recent Results: St. Scholastica 5 at Concordia - Recap; #10 UW-Superior 8 at Concordia 2 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at UW-Stevens Point on Friday, November 19 at 7:05pm; at UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, November 20 at 7:05pm

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior forward Matt Hansen (Fargo, N.D.) continues to lead the Cobbers in scoring in 2004-05. Hansen has four goals in the teamís first four games and has a total of five points. Hansen currently leads the MIAC in goals scored and is sixth in overall points. Last year, he finished the season with 11 goals and seven assists.

- Concordia has not been shutout in 26 games. The Cobbers have scored at least one goal since the third game of the 2003-04 season. 

Womenís Hockey
Record: 0-0 MIAC, 0-2-0
Recent Results: #4 UW-Stevens Point 7 at Concordia 0 - Recap; #4 UW-Stevens Point 5 at Concordia 1 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at Augsburg on Friday, November 19 at 8:00pm; at Augsburg on Saturday, November 20 at 5:15pm

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia womenís hockey team opened their 2004-05 season last weekend by taking on fourth-ranked UW-Stevens Point.

In Sundayís game, the Cobbers took a 1-0 lead into the second period before giving up five straight goals to lose 5-1. The first goal of the season for Concordia was scored by Ashley Anderson (Fr., Fargo, N.D.). It was also Andersonís first collegiate goal.
Womenís Swimming and Diving
Recent Results: 3rd Place at the South Dakota State Invitational - Recap
Upcoming Events: at home vs. St. Ben's on Saturday, November 20 at 1:00pm

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia freshman swimmer Cami Hendrickson (Fr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) continued her trend of fast times in the teamís third meet of the season. Hendrickson finished tied for fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle at the South Dakota State Invitational Ė a meet that, except for Concordia, was entirely NCAA Division II teams. Hendrickson also swam a personal-best in the 200-yard freestyle.

The other top four finisher in the meet for the Cobbers was the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Shannon Brown (Jr., Missoula, Mont.), Jana Hemstad (Jr., Milaca, Minn.), Katie Lee (So., South St. Paul, Minn.) and Hendickson. They finished third in a time of 3:58.04, which is .23 faster than last yearís time at the same meet. Last seasonís 400-yard freestyle relay team went on to set the school record at the MIAC Championship Meet. 

Recent Results: Competed at the NDSU Bison Open - Recap
Upcoming Events: hosting Cobber Open on Saturday, November 20 at 19:00am

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia wrestling team opened the 2004-05 season by competing in the NDSU Bison Open. Despite the step-up in competition, the Cobbers had several outstanding individual performances and placed two wrestlers in fifth place. Both Lee Rahrlien (Jr., Graceville, Minn.) and David Ahmed (So., Conrad, Mont.) finished fifth in their respective weight classes.

Rahrlien finished fifth at 157. He went 6-2 in the meet, and was knocked out of the championship bracket on a 5-3 decision to Collin Kelly of NDSU who went on to win the weight class. Rahrlien defeated wrestlers from the University of Mary and Jamestown College. His biggest victory came against Mike Quamme of Division I North Dakota State. Rahrlien came up with a 9-7 decision over Quamme in the quarterfinals of the wrestlebacks.

Ahmed recorded a fifth place finish at 165. He finished the meet with a 4-2 record, although his last win was a forfeit victory over teammate Mitch Gabrielson (So., Fergus Falls, Minn.). Ahmed had wins over wrestlers from MSU-Moorhead and the University of Mary. Gabrielson posted a 3-2 record in matches against wrestlers from other schools.

Please Note: The views written in this piece are the work of the writer and and do not necessarily reflect the views of Concordia College. They are not meant to harm or disrespect any of the athletes or school. It is merely an attempt to give the reader a different perspective into the world of Concordia athletics.

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November 17, 2004

Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Coaches!
by Jim Cella 

"Mama don't let your babies grow up to be coaches, Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such,
Mama don't let your babies grow up to be coaches, They'll never stay home and they're always alone - Even with someone they love"

Someone should remake the classic Willie Nelson song and just insert the word "coaches" for "cowboys". That's because the vagabond and roguish ways of the cowboys in the 70's and 80's that Willie Nelson sang about have turned into the vagabond and uncertain ways of the college coaches in the year 2004. 

We are entering a new era of college coaching. Gone are the coaches who will be in their profession for 20-30 years. The unfortunate time has come where coaches who stay with a school, or even with the career, for 15 years will be lauded and considered a rare breed.

Look around the landscape and see the signs. Longtime MSU-Moorhead football coach Ralph Micheli steps down after pressure from the college, Augsburg football coach Jack Osberg calls it quits after 14 seasons and Hamline football coach Donavon Larson resigns after only four years on the job. Only four years! All three coaches were great people and all showed class in the way they carried their program and the way they represented their college. All are leaving, and the shame is that they should still have many more years to mentor student/athletes and influence upcoming generations.

Football is not the only sport that is losing talented, caring coaches. All around college athletics, coaches are becoming the easy targets for administrators, parents and players to point the finger at and say, "he's losing touch, we'd be better off with something new."

Here's a hint for all the administrators, parents and players who think they understand what goes on with college athletics and believe they know enough to make a decision - you don't have the slightest idea of what goes into the job. 

Most times, the grass is not greener on the other side! The only thing you are doing is ruining a profession that was once filled with people who were in it for the right reasons. You are alienating the coaches who are in the profession for the betterment of their athletes. You are burning out the coaches who want to guide student/athletes through four of the most difficult years in their lives and believe that winning and losing is secondary to having a happy, healthy graduate. 

In the wake of this, "push the old coach to the curb" mentality comes a new breed of coaches who work extremely hard to get to the top, and are left without a safety net when they start to stumble and fall. Most often coaches who make their way to the college level have never experienced difficulties along the way. They are the "golden children", the "young geniuses" who were born to coach. They have an air about them that says, "I can turn any program around; I can be successful at any level."

I can't blame the new coaches for their attitude; they are a product of the climate in college athletics. Administrators, alumni and big-dollar donors have a huge voice in college athletics nowadays. They want a coach who looks slick, talks slick and can promise them winning and scholarly achievement. The "new" coach has to be part-time marketing executive, part-time showman and part-time magician. Everyone wants to be on the side of a winner, they all want a St. John's in football, a Kenyon in swimming or a Trinity (Texas) in men's soccer. What they don't see is that there are way too many factors in putting together programs that can win year in and year out. The coach is probably one of the smaller factors in succes, yet the coach is the biggest scapegoat when things start to unravel.

We are very fortunate at Concordia to have a very talented and compassionate coaching staff. All of our coaches have the ability to walk the fine line between being successful and also doing what is in the best interest of their athletes.

We also have, arguably, the two best young coaches in their respective sports in the MIAC, and possibly in the region. Football coach Terry Horan and women's soccer coach Dan Weiler both have their teams at the top of the MIAC and both have yet to pass five years in their coaching tenure. They are both very gifted at getting high school players to feel at ease and see the benefits of a Concordia education and athletic experience. Both coaches are extremely intelligent when it comes to their sport, and both are tremendous at motivating student/athletes to put aside their egos to help the team.

This ability to recruit, teach and motivate is not something that comes easy. It is not something you are born with and don't have to work at. It takes time, and it is very hard to maintain. It is taxing to be constantly looked upon as the person who will always have the answer or will win the game in a single decision. If you could see the long hours that both put into recruiting, film study and practice preparation, you would start to realize how draining a profession coaching can really be. The great coaches spend countless hours watching game film, watching opponents game tapes, putting together just the right practice plan to get the team to play and then travel to all ends of the region to get potential student/athletes to committ to their school.

They do all these things so they can be successful and ultimately earn a living. Yet, college coaching is a profession that is generally on a one or two-year contract, has no chance for tenure and pays slightly more than an entry-level computer technician. 

The real kicker in the profession is that of all the things that go into coaching, a coach is judged by about 5.0% of the total job. That percentage is what winning and losing adds up to. It is the percentage of the job spent on game day. Unfortunately, it is the percentage that the average fan, parent, alumni and administrator gets to see, and what they make employment decisions based upon. The other 95.0% of the job is spent mentoring, coaching, teaching, guiding, being an administrator and, ultimately, being a third parent. Yet, this is never seen and always falls to the way side when a personnel decision is made.  People can argue to the contrary but actions speak louder than words. And lately the actions are screaming out like sound from a concert-like speaker system. Call it what you want, resignation, retirement, etc., but the bottom line is that coaches careers are being needlessly cut short. 

And what about the future of coaching? You take that 5/95 equation for success/failure over the course of 10 years and something is bound to give. There is no way that a person can be expected to do all that the job entails, including winning at a very high level every year, and not burn out. 

Terry Horan and Dan Weiler are very energetic, highly motivated people who are driven to make their programs the class of the MIAC. They are already succeeding and they are already paying the price. Terry gets pulled in so many directions, and has so many requests, that it is hard for him to concentrate on the important matters - his players and his family. Dan is also a junior high teacher, and between the two jobs, puts in so many working hours that there is absolutely no time left for him to recharge his system. Both coaches will disagree with the above statement, but the truth of the matter is that it is happening and no sugar-coating will cover it up. 

The extremely good college coaches all have "Type A" personalities. They have to, or they wouldn't have risen above the unbelievably intense competition for college jobs to coach at this level. The bad thing about having that type of personality is that there is no way you can sustain that level of intensity over a long period of time. At some point, coaches step back and realize that there is a lot more to life than throwing up on the sidelines, getting four hours of sleep at night and putting your career in the hands of athletes who are 19-22 years old. That is when parents, athletes and administrators need to step in and say "slow down, take care of yourself and recharge." Instead, those people are now saying, "We know you had some good years, your athletes were role models for the college, but lately you've stopped finishing in the top five of the conference, and you are spending more time at home. So, you really need to think about whether you want to stay with the profession." The coach then looks around and realizes that it's just not worth it.

That's what the profession of coaching has become - a wasteland of gifted and motivated people who do not have the correct support system backing them up to make it a lifelong career. 

It scares me that a profession that can do so many wonderful things for the youth of this country is being compromised by the wrong attitude and the wrong people. We need to nurture coaches just like we ask our coaches to nurture their athletes. It is very ironic that the same qualities we want the coach to show towards the athletes are never given to the coach. We want a coach to be patient, kind and forgiving to the athletes, but we don't want to be patient, kind and forgiving with a coach if he/she makes a mistake or has a bad season. 

I hope that Terry Horan and Dan Weiler are still at Concordia when my children go to college. They have so much to give student/athletes and should not be forced to opt for another profession. Honestly, I don't know if they will be. They are part of a breed of coach where the pay is limited, the rewards are fleeting and the pressure is way too high. They are living in a fish bowl, and too many times the people who should clean the bowl, feed the fish and give the fish fresh air simply choose to let the fish swim alone until it dies and then just head to the store to buy another.

From inside the box and dreaming of coaches who are supported and allowed to grow old - healthy and happy, that's this week's different perspective! 

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