Here at Concordia, we have a proud tradition of uncommon athletics that is perpetuated by our exemplary student-athletes and the individuals who have lead them.

Throughout Concordia’s history, countless coaches have dedicated their time and effort to mold athletes and help them perform—in the athletic arena, in the classroom, and eventually, in the mission field.

Related: Bench Strength—Concordia’s history of ahead-of-the-game athletics

Late last week, longtime men’s soccer coach Tom Saleska announced his retirement, and today his son, John Saleska, who has coached by his father’s side for several years, was announced as his successor. In honor of the outgoing Saleska’s years of excellence and the other long-enduring coaches at CUW, here is a roundup of eight coaches who have put in the most coaching years in Falcons history.

Val Keiper

  • Baseball
  • 30 years
  • 436 wins


William Ackmann

  • Men’s basketball, athletic director
  • 28 years
  • 215 wins


Tom Saleska

  • Men’s soccer
  • 26 years
  • 324 wins


Bret Corner

  • Wrestling
  • 21 years
  • 102 wins


Steve Crook

  • Softball
  • 20 years
  • 429 wins


Jeff Gabrielsen

  • Football
  • 18 years
  • 120 wins


Stacey Brunner-Jones

  • Women’s basketball
  • 15 years
  • 284 wins

Read more about Stacey here.

Shawn Cassidy

  • Men’s basketball
  • 12 years
  • 201 wins


Read all about Concordia’s uncommon athletes in the spring 2019 issue of the Concordian, the official magazine of Concordia University Wisconsin.

— Madelyne Arrigoni is a senior studying English, Mass Communications, and Photography. She plans to graduate in 2022.

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