|Concordia head coach Bucky Burgau was named the MIAC Coach of the Year and five players earned postseason honors.|
|Burgau Named Coach of the Year!|
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: May 17, 2010
ST. PAUL, Minn. (5/17/10)-- Concordia head coach Bucky Burgau was named the MIAC Coach of the Year it was announced on Monday by the league office. Burgau joins five Cobber players in earning postseason conference honors for the 2010 season.
Adam Johnson (Sr., Pelican Rapids, Minn.), Jake Krause (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) and Dan Wackler (Jr., Buffalo, Minn.) were named to the MIAC All-Conference Team while Josh Dahlke (Sr., Willmar, Minn.) earned MIAC All-Defensive Team honors.
Cobber senior first baseman Lucas Genereux (Thief River Falls, Minn./Linclon HS) was the team's representative to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Burgau earns MIAC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career. He also won the award in 1985, 1992 and 2004. Burgau led Concordia to a tie for second place in the final league standings after the Cobbers were picked to finish in ninth place in the MIAC Preseason Coach's Poll. Concordia finished the conference season with a 14-6 record which is a six-game improvement over last year's mark. CC was the No.2 seed in the conference playoffs and earned their fifth appearance in the league playoff tournament.
During the year Burgau won his 600th career game in maroon and gold. At the completion of his 32nd season he is now 612-480-6 in overall games and 377-236 in MIAC games. His 377 conference wins is the most by any baseball coach in the history of the league.
Johnson earns All-Conference honors for the second time in his career while Krause, Wackler, Dahlke and Genereux are named to a postseason team for the first time in their careers.
Johnson, who was also named to the MIAC All-Conference Team as a sophomore, helped the team at the plate and on the mound. He was tied for the conference lead in home runs (4) and was fourth in slugging percentage (.685). Johnson had a .333 average in 19 league games. He was tied for second on the team in hits (17) and total bases (37) in conference games.
On the mound Johnson was tied for the MIAC lead in wins (5). He finished the conference slate with a 5-1 record and a 3.06 ERA. He was second on the team in innings pitched (32.1) and was third in opponent's batting average (.276).
Krause also hit four home runs in conference play to tie with Johnson for the league lead. He was also tied for the MIAC lead in stolen bases (8), was second in slugging percentage (.724) and fifth in total bases (42). Krause was 11th in batting average for the year as he hit .414 for the year. In addition, Krause was second in on-base percentage (.469). In overall games Krause stole 24 bases and helped CC shatter the single-season stolen base mark for the program. The Cobbers wound up stealing 89 total bases on the year.
Wackler had his best year of his career in 2010. He led the team in hitting in conference (.468) and overall (.413) games. Despite not playing in six league games due to an injury, Wackler finished the year tied for second in the MIAC in doubles (8) and led the team in on-base percentage (.528) He was also third on CC in slugging percentage (.638) and fourth in walks (6). Wackler was one of the mainstays of the Concordia defense as he committed only three errors in 72 chances at second base.
Dahlke was named to the first-ever MIAC All-Defensive Team. The 10-player team consists of one player at each position, a starting pitcher, and a relief pitcher. Award winners were selected for their arm strength and range as well as all defensive statistics. Dahlke did not make a single error while patrolling center field for Concordia. He had 35 putouts and one assist on the year and cut off numerous balls headed for the gaps with his outstanding speed and ability to read the ball off the bat.