Editor's note: This story first appeared in the spring 2019 issue of the Concordian, the official magazine of Concorida University Wisconsin.

When it comes to athletics, Concordia’s bench strength runs deep and not just in the physical fortitude that CUW athletes display. Dedicated coaches and staff put in the time to see that players walk away from their Concordia experience intellectually adept, physically sound, and strong in Christian character.

Thanks to a pattern of ahead-of-the-game athletic programs launched with in the past 12 years, more students than ever have been able to come to CUW and emerge as ready leaders for the Church and world. It’s one of the many perks of Concordia’s stacked athletic repertoire.

Here are a few of the times within the past decade alone that CUW has set the pace among peer institutions.

Related: Bench strength

Acrobatics and Tumbling

Start year: 2015
Claim to fame: Only team in Wisconsin and currently one of only 27 nationwide. Of those 27, Concordia is one of two at the NCAA DIII level.

Related: Fox6 News—Acro-tumbling combines cheerleading, gymnastics; helps put Concordia University on the map

Field Hockey

Start year: 2016
Claim to fame: Furthest state west to have a collegiate-level team.



Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse

Start year: 2011
Claim to fame: Among the first collegiate teams in Wisconsin.



Men’s and Women’s Shooting

Start year: 2017–18
Claim to fame: Only NCAA DIII school with a team.



Women’s Triathalon

Start year: 2016
Claim to fame: First in Wisconsin and among the first in the nation.

Related: Fox6 News—’It’s very addicting:’ Concordia creates a team from what’s usually an individual competition


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— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at kali.thiel@cuw.edu or 262-243-2149.

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