Concordia Press Conference: Glas named Athletic DirectorRich Glas has been named the new athletic director at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., effective March 15. Glas will also retain his role as Concordia’s men’s basketball coach.
Rich Glas has been named the new athletic director at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., effective March 15. Glas will also retain his role as Concordia’s men’s basketball coach.
“Rich is ideally suited to lead our athletics program,” says President William Craft. “He brings the skill and passion of a gifted coach, the devotion to student learning that marks a true teacher, and strong leadership experience to help us maintain momentum and build on our tradition of excellence.”
Glas joined the Concordia athletics staff in 2008, earning his 500th coaching victory during his first season leading the Cobbers. He previously served as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa and spent 18 seasons as head coach at the University of North Dakota. His coaching career began in 1971 at the University of Minnesota Morris and has also included stints as head coach and athletic director at Willamette (Ore.), as well as assistant roles at the University of Arizona and University of Hawaii.
“Coming to Concordia has been an extremely rewarding experience,” says Glas. “We have a great team of administrators and coaches committed to producing scholar-athletes whose success goes well beyond athletic competition. Building winners and leaders is what we’re all about here.”
Glas replaces Dr. Larry Papenfuss, who will assume new administrative leadership at Concordia as director of the Annual Fund and External Relations — a position recently vacated. His new responsibilities will include supervision of the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations staff, as well as duties as a major gift officer.
Papenfuss, who came to Concordia as a faculty member in 1994 before accepting his role as athletic director in 2004, has played an integral role in fundraising efforts associated with the Update the Jake campaign. Project success to date has included installing artificial turf to both the football field and baseball infield, as well as major renovations to parking and storage.
Academic and athletic achievements have also been a signature of Papenfuss’ leadership. Concordia has had eight NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship honorees in the last eight years, during which time Cobber teams have also made 15 NCAA tournament appearances and claimed seven MIAC championships.
President Craft praises Papenfuss as a leader who helped create and implement a strategic vision for Concordia athletics that not only enhanced student-athlete recruitment, but also academic and athletic success. “In his new role,” says Craft, “Dr. Papenfuss will bring exceptional knowledge of our campus life, well-established bonds with our graduates, excellent experience as a leader of faculty and staff colleagues, and his success in fundraising for our Update the Jake project.”
“I am most proud of the people I have worked with,” says Papenfuss. “Their dedication to students and commitment to Concordia’s mission have been inspiring. I will be watching closely as Cobber athletics continues to excel under Rich’s guidance.”
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