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Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee - 1998

Garrett Byrne '83
Garrett Byrne '83 Basketball
(From Bloomington Lincoln High School)

Garrett Byrne came to Concordia in the fall of 1979 from Lincoln High School in Bloomington. He became the only Cobber men's basketball player to earn MIAC honors on two MIAC Championship teams.

As a 7-foot post player, he earned All-MIAC honors in 1981-82 as the Cobbers captured their first MIAC basketball title in 51 years.

As a senior he was the MIAC's Most Valuable Player as the Cobbers repeated as MIAC champions for the only time in Cobber history.

Garrett was named to the NAIA All-District team after both his junior and senior seasons and was an honorable mention All-American his senior year.

Garrett averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds over his final two seasons. In 1982-83 he set a Cobber single-season record with 71 blocked shots. He still holds the Cobber career record for blocked shots with 129. Over his final two years of play at Concordia, Garrett's teams were 30-6 in the MIAC and 38-18 overall.

Since graduating with honors from Concordia in 1983, Garrett has earned two M.A. degrees, the first in microbiology (University of Montana, 1986) and another in occupational health (Montana Tech, 1990). He is currently employed as a loss prevention manager for ALCOA, overseeing worker safety

Garrett is also active in his community. He is currently a Sunday school teacher and serves on the board of a community drug prevention program called S.T.A.R., or Straight Talk About Responsibility.

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