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Concordia Moorhead Sports Information
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For Immediate Release: 5/5/00

Sara Cepek Named Head Women's Basketball Coach at Concordia College.

Sara Cepek, a 1995 graduate of St. Cloud State University has been named the head women's basketball coach at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Cepek, who has been an assistant coach at Minnesota State University-Mankato for the past two years, succeeds Kathy Wall who resigned after having coached at Concordia since 1995.

A native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, Cepek began her coaching career at South Dakota State University where she served as a graduate assistant. After two years at SDSU, she became the top assistant coach at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She was named the top assistant at Minnesota State-Mankato in 1998. Cepek has been heavily involved in the recruiting process at MSU-Mankato and also at Loyola University. Along with her recruiting duties she has also helped start area youth involvement programs and was involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program.

Cepek, who has a master's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with an emphasis in Sports Psychology from South Dakota State, has been an instructor in the Human Performance department at MSU-Mankato since 1998. She was also a Physical Education instructor at SDSU where she taught Lifetime and Fitness classes as well as a Psychology of Coaching class.

As a player at St. Cloud State, Cepek was a three-year starter and captain in her junior and senior years. She was named Academic All-Conference in 1993-1994, and was on the Dean's list for three years.

Concordia Athletic Director Armin Pipho stated, "We are delighted to have Sara lead our women's basketball team next year. We were impressed with her knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, and her concern for the total development of the student athlete. She will fit in well with the overall mission of the college and promote women's basketball in a wonderful manner."

Cepek becomes the seventh head coach in the history of Concordia women's basketball, replacing Kathy Wall who compiled a 92-34 record over five years. The Cobbers have a rich tradition of women's basketball that includes two National Championships, six Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and a fourteen-year consecutive NCAA  post-season appearance stretch, that lasted from 1983 until 1996. In the existence of women's basketball at Concordia  eleven players have been placed on All-American teams, and the team has produced seven student/athletes that have been inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame.

Along with her coaching duties, Cepek will also serve as senior women's administrator and teach in the
Health and Physical Education department.

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