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2002 MIAC All-Conference Teams

| 1st Team All-Conference | 2nd Team All-Conference |

Eight Cobber Players and Coach Earn MIAC Post-Season Honors.
Concordia head coach Terry Horan was named the MIAC Coach of the Year in his second year as coach of the Cobbers.

Six Cobber football players and head coach Terry Horan all received MIAC post-season honors. Derek Flann (Sr., Lake Lillian, Minn.), Ryan Hebrink (Jr., Sacred Heart, Minn.), John Holt (Grafton, N.Dak.), Josh Dietz (Glencoe, Minn.) and Josh Vickerman (Jr., Alexandria, Minn.), Bobby Clark (Seeley Lake, Mont.), Barry Bennett (Sr., Long Prairie, Minn.) and Brian Westby (Spicer, Minn.) were all named either first or second team all-conference. Hebrink, Holt, Flann, Dietz and Vickerman were named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team, while Clark, Bennett and Westby were named to the MIAC All-Conference Second Team. Flann was also awarded the Stam Award which, annually, goes to the conference's top offensive or defensive lineman. Head Coach Terry Horan was named MIAC Coach of the Year.

This year marked the first season that players were chosen by position and not by overall selection. 15 players from offense, 15 defensive players and three special teams players comprised each all-conference team.

It is the second consecutive year that Hebrink, Clark, Flann and Bennett have earned MIAC postseason honors. Last year Hebrink and Clark were named to the All-MIAC First Team, while Flann earned second team honors and Bennett was named to the all-conference honorable mention team.

Horan earned coach of the year honors in only his second year at the helm of the Cobbers. He guided Concordia to a 7-1 finish in the MIAC which was good for second place. The 7-1 finish marked a three and a half game improvement over last year's record. It was the biggest single season turnaround in the league since Augsburg had a six game upswing from the 1996 season to their MIAC championship season of 1997.

 

2002 MIAC FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE - First Team
Offensive Line
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Conor Crimmins      Carleton       Sr     Guard     Arden Hills, Minn./Mounds View H.S.
Josh Dirlam         Saint John's   Sr     Center    Eden Prairie, Minn.
John Holt           Concordia      Sr     Guard     Grafton, N.D.
Dan Kosel           Saint John's   Sr     Guard     St. Cloud, Minn./Cathedral H.S.
Joe Moline          St. Thomas     Sr     Guard     Duluth, Minn./Central H.S.
Lance Staples       Gustavus       Sr     Center    Windom, Minn.

Tight End
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Jon Learn           St. Thomas     Sr     TE        Red Wing, Minn.

Quarterbacks
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Nick Ambrasas       St. Thomas     Sr     QB        St. Paul, Minn./Arlington H.S.
Ryan Hebrink        Concordia      Jr     QB        Sacred Heart, Minn./BDRSH H.S.

Running Backs
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Jake Barkley        St. Thomas     Sr     RB        Plymouth, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong H.S.
Mike Johnson        Bethel         Sr     RB        Pine City, Minn.
Andy Traetow        Gustavus       Sr     RB        Jackson, Minn.

Wide Receivers
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Blake Elliott       Saint John's   Jr     WR        Melrose, Minn.
Ryan Hoag           Gustavus       Sr     WR        Minneapolis, Minn./Washburn H.S.
Andrew Hilliard     St. Thomas     Sr     WR        Woodbury, Minn.

Defensive Line
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Derek Flann         Concordia      Sr     DT        Lake Lillian, Minn./BOLD H.S.
Jon Foss            Bethel         Sr     DE        Hinton, Iowa
Jeremy Hood         Saint John's   Jr     DE        Buffalo, Minn./Monticello H.S.
Sean O'Leary        St. Thomas     Sr     DE        Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc./Lincoln H.S.

Defensive Backs
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Jeremy Goltz        Saint John's   Jr     DB        Tracy, Minn./Tracy-Milroy-Balaton H.S.
Sam Lacy            Bethel         Sr     SS        Lewisville, Texas
Jason Pflipsen      Saint John's   Sr     CB       Sartell, Minn.
Josh Vickerman      Concordia      Jr     CB        Alexandria, Minn./Jefferson H.S.

Inside Linebackers
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Dirk Erickson       Gustavus       Sr     ILB       Rochester, Minn./John Marshall H.S.
Matt Lafferty       St. Olaf       Sr     ILB       Apple Valley, Minn
Cam McCambridge     Saint John's   Jr     ILB       Edina, Minn.

Outside Linebackers
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Brad Arndt          Gustavus       Sr     OLB       Woodbury, Minn.
Josh Dietz          Concordia      So     OLB       Glencoe, Minn./Glencoe-Silver Lake H.S.
Dan Meyers          St. Olaf       Sr     OLB       Cannon Falls H.S., Cannon Falls, Minn.
Chad Strehlo        Hamline        Sr     OLB       Maplewood, Minn./Tartan H.S.

Kicker
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Andy Clark          St. Thomas     Jr     K         Anoka, Minn./American School (Japan)

Punter
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Nick Schlieman      Augsburg       FY     P         Burnsville, Minn.

Utility Player
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
John Kilde          Bethel         Jr     Specialist Fergus Falls, Minn./Hillcrest Acad.

MIAC MVP - Blake Elliott, Saint John's University (Wide Receiver/Specialist)
MIAC STAM AWARD - Derek Flann, Concordia College (Defensive Tackle)
MIAC Coach of the Year - Terry Horan, Concordia College


2002 MIAC FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE - Second Team

Offensive Line
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Tilman Achberger    St. Olaf       Jr.     OT       Northfield, MN,
Josh Shropa         Bethel         Sr.     G        Maple Grove, MN
Logan Kane          St. Thomas     Sr.     OT       Inver Grove Hts., MN
Brent Vogt          St. Johnís     Sr.     OT       Olivia, MN
Tom Engwall         St. Johnís     Sr.     OT       Hutchinson, MN

Tight End
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Tom Hilden          Gustavus       Sr.     TE       Bloomington, MN

Quarterback
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Brian Senske        St. Olaf       Jr.     QB       Apple Valley, MN
Ross Denne          St. Johnís     Sr.     QB       Avon, MN

Running Backs
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Bobby Clark         Concordia      Jr.      RB      Seeley Lake, MT
Kent Crowley        St. Johnís     Sr.      RB      Iona, MN
TJ Bramwell         Augsburg       Sr.      RB      Tomah, MN

Wide Receivers
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Frank Bass          St. Olaf       So.      WR      Minneapolis, MN
Brett Boese         Gustavus       Jr.      WR      Rochester, MN
Yarzue Slowan       Augsburg       Jr.      WR      Crystal, MN

Defensive Line
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Barry Bennett       Concordia      Sr.      DE      Long Prairie, MN
Brian Westby        Concordia      Sr.      DE      Spicer, MN
Dave Busselman      St. Olaf       Jr.      DE      Prior Lake, MN
Ryan Weinandt       St. Johnís     Jr.      NT      Wabasha, MN

Defensive Backs
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Chad Thomas         St. Olaf       Sr.      FS      Menomonie, WI
Zach Zimmer         Gustavus       Sr.      FS      Milaca, MN
Paul Sommerstad     St. Thomas     So.      FS      Apple Valley, MN
Adam Friedman       Hamline        Sr.      CB      Mankato, MN

Inside Linebackers
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Rick Joslin         St. Thomas     Sr.      ILB     Cambridge, MN
John Kaiser         St. Thomas     Sr.      ILB     Mora, MN
Matt Ruhland        Hamline        Jr.      ILB     Eden Valley, MN

Outside Linebackers
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Josh Kurtz          Bethel         Jr.      OLB     Becker, MN
Brandon Fox         Augsburg       Jr.      OLB     Springfield, MN

Kicker
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Paul Tschetter      Bethel         Jr.       K      Brookings, SD

Punter
Player              School         Yr   Position    Hometown/HS
Nate Johnson        St. Olaf       So.       P      Menomonie, WI
 


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