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Soccer Preview for 2004 Now Online!
Preview for 2004 Now Online!
Since bowing out of the
NCAA playoffs and capping a record-setting year in 2003, Tim Mosser
and the Concordia volleyball team have been out shopping with their newly
acquired R-E-S-P-E-C-T card. The Cobbers had four players earn all-region
honors last fall and then had junior Jacki Barten placed on the All-American
Third Team, becoming the first player in Concordia volleyball history to
earn All-American honors.
At the start of the 2004
season, the Cobbers used their R-E-S-P-E-C-T card to garner the top spot
in the MIAC preseason coaches poll and a spot in the national preseason
top 25 poll. Mosser, and his group of experienced veterans, know
that in order to keep getting respect they have to win games and titles
the old fashioned way - they'll have to earn it.
The 2004 campaign could be
the season that Mosser has waited for since four long years ago when he
sported a team of all freshmen. The players that have stayed with the program
have formed the backbone for the Cobbers drive towards last season's MIAC
tournament championship and, hopefully, this year's goal of an unprecedented
conference regular season crown. Concordia returns three seniors who were
all-region last year and a fourth that was a defense stalwart as they look
for the program's first MIAC regular season championship.(More)
If you're head coach Dan
Weiler and you've just fashioned a season which saw your team set school
records in overall wins, conference wins, goals scored, least amount of
goals given up and you were named MIAC Coach of the Year in only your second
season, what would you do for an encore? Rest on your laurels? Nope. Listen
to all the accolades pile up and bask in the glory? Not a chance. Maintain
status quo for next year knowing that you have eight returning starters?
Ain't gonna happen.
Now to reality. Weiler took
a record-setting season in 2003 and turned it into the best recruiting
class in women's soccer history. The preseason roster shows the squad has
nine returning players and 16 newcomers. Most of the new faces were hand-picked
by Weiler and his staff to ensure that 2003 will only be a starting point
for the future, and that the 2004 season has a chance to shatter all the
records that were set last fall.
The 2004 Concordia women's
soccer team will be comprised of eight starters from last season, a solid
reserve and 16 new players who will infuse much-needed depth as the team
strives to push the program into the national spotlight. There are only
two seniors listed on the roster, the other returning players are all sophomores,
lending Weiler to believe that the best is yet to come for the maroon and
Soccer Preview for 2004 Now Online!
There is an old coaching
adage that states you should never follow a legend when taking over a new
position. If that is the case, then first year Cobber head coach Joe
Larson is pretty safe as the shoes he has to fill are as big as the
ones used by the Lollipop Guild in the Wizard of Oz.
Larson replaces former head
coach Jim Cella who amassed an indifferent 8-23-4 record over the
past two seasons. He was the top assistant coach at Liberty University
in Virginia last fall and has spent the better part of the last seven years
traveling around the world gaining soccer knowledge and experiencing the
game firsthand. He will need all that knowledge to help him in his first
head coaching position as he tries to get the Cobbers back to the postseason
Larson's task will be made
easier by the fact that the team will return six starters from last year's
team that lost all six conference games by a single goal and lost to league
champion Macalester in overtime after losing a 1-0 lead with less than
seven minutes left in regulation. He will also have a solid group of new
players to give him a strong supporting cast in his effort to push Concordia
into the upper half of the MIAC.(More)
Clay Nagel Named Concordia-Moorhead
Co-Head Wrestling Coach for the 2004 Season
(Moorhead, Minn.)-- The
Concordia-Moorhead wrestling program took a huge step into the future by
naming Clay Nagel as the team's co-head coach for the 2004-05 season.
Nagel will join longtime Cobber head coach Doug Perry.
Concordia athletic director
Larry Papenfuss expressed his excitement with the hire by stating,
"Clay is one of the top wrestling coaches in the state and his ability
to teach and mentor athletes is second to none. I think he will help Doug
push the program even farther and the two will be able to offer the Concordia
athletes a wonderful experience."
Nagel is a well-traveled
wrestling veteran that brings a wealth of top-level experience to the program.
For the past 17 years he has been the head coach at Frazee High School.
While under the tutelage of Nagel, the Hornets won three Minnesota state
championships and 13 section titles. He was named the Minnesota State High
School Class "A" Coach of the Year in 1999. He has also been named the
Region Coach of the Year seven times and the Sub-Section Coach of the Year
on six different occasions. In 1999 he was elected the President of the
Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association.(More)
In-Depth Season Outlook Now Online!
You'll have to forgive Concordia
head coach Terry Horan if he needs to take a moment to "be by himself"
to get used to life without his security blanket of the past three years.
Lost to graduation is three-time All-MIAC quarterback Ryan Hebrink
('04, Sacred Heart, Minn.). Hebrink has been the team's signal-caller and
offensive leader since Horan took over control of the team in the 2001
season. Hebrink was the rock on which Horan built his option-style offense
during his "baby" years as head of the Cobber football tradition. Hebrink
rewarded his mentor by breaking the school record for total offensive yardage
in a career, and helped the team finish in the top three of the league
the past two seasons. If that weren't enough for Horan's fragile emotional
state, he also lost the top two running backs on the squad - making him
feel a little like Old Mother Hubbard when she went to the cupboard. For
the Cobbers, the offensive backfield pantry is bare but the good news is
that quality replacements are on the way.
The key for this year's Concordia
team will undoubtedly be the offense. "The quarterback position is going
to be huge for us," lamented Horan. "I think offensively we might be just
a little bit back from a year ago just because of our lack of experience
in the backfield but I think we have the capabilities of being as good
or even better than a year ago."(More)