Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees - 2007
MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/09/07)--- The Concordia College Athletics Department inducted five former athletes into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the annual Homecoming festivities. This year's award winners were Aaron Banks, Bucky Burgau, Chris Coste, Dwight Hintermeister, Patricia Kubow and The Reverend Carl Lee.
Aaron Banks ’96 is one of Concordia’s most honored track athletes. From 1994 to 1996 he was a national runner-up four times and a NCAA Division III national champion three times, winning the 1995 and 1996 indoor shot put titles and the 1995 outdoor discus championship. Banks was an 11-time
All-American; a 1996 NCAA postgraduate award winner;
a finalist in 1995 and 1996 for the Division III Athlete of the Year;
and a 10-time MIAC champion with six indoor and outdoor shot put titles, two in discus and one each in the hammer and weight throw. He continues to hold the Concordia records for the indoor and outdoor shot put; discus and weight throw; MIAC indoor shot put; and the NCAA Division III national indoor meet record. Banks teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.
Donald “Bucky” Burgau
Bucky Burgau is the winningest baseball coach in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 343 wins, and has coached the Cobbers to 555 overall wins in his 30 years as baseball coach. Burgau is also the equipment manager for all Concordia athletic teams. In 1995 the Cobbers went 30-8 and won the MIAC championship and advanced to the NCAA playoffs, finishing second in the Midwest Regional. Burgau came to Concordia in 1977 as equipment manager and became head baseball coach in 1979. He has coached five MIAC Most Valuable Players, six All-Americans, 26 All-Region players and 69 MIAC
All-Conference honorees. Several of Burgau’s players have played professional baseball.
Chris Coste attended Concordia from 1993 to 1995. He is a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team.
During his playing career at Concordia, Coste was a three-time All-American and three-time MIAC Most Valuable Player as
a pitcher and third baseman. He holds 15 Cobber career baseball records, including hitting (.442); hits (162); RBIs (110);
home runs (19); and ERA (2.11). Coste began his professional career with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in 1996. Coste played for the RedHawks for three more seasons before he began
a 10-year odyssey in minor league baseball and was called up by the Phillies to the big leagues in 2006. He is the author
of two books about his minor league experiences.
As a defensive lineman, Dwight Hintermeister ’82 played
a prominent role in two national championship football teams. He was voted most outstanding freshman and was a sophomore starter on the 1978 national championship team that went 11-1 with six shutouts. In 1981 the Cobbers were undefeated, winning the MIAC title and the national championship with an 11-0-2 record. Hintermeister was chosen the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the championship game against Austin College of Texas; MIAC All-Conference; All-District; and honorable mention All-American. His Cobber teams compiled a 37-5-2 record, winning three MIAC championships and two national titles. Today Hintermmeister is a banker in Dalton, Minn.
Patty Kubow ’89 helped lead the Lady Cobber basketball team to its best four-year record, with 104 wins and only 13 losses from 1985 to 1989. During this period, the Lady Cobbers were NCAA Division III national champions in 1987-1988; national runners-up in 1986-1987; winner of three straight MIAC championships from 1985 to 1988; and NCAA West Region champions 1986, 1987 and 1989. Kubow was named to the NCAA West Region All-Tournament teams in 1987-1989; the MIAC All-Conference teams in 1986-1989; and was an NCAA Fast Break All-American in 1987-1989. She was a conference and national leader in field goal percentage, blocked shots, rebounding and scoring. She is currently an associate professor of leadership and policy studies and the founder and director of the Center for International Comparative Education at Bowling Green State University, Ohio.
The Rev. Carl Lee
The Rev. Carl Lee ’52 founded the chaplaincy program for the Cobber football team, a source of deep personal joy for him.
Lee became Concordia’s first campus pastor in 1961 after students requested a pastor to serve their needs. Lee held that role for 34 years until retiring in 1995. He died in 2003 during
a family reunion celebrating Carl and Ann ’53 Lee’s 50th wedding anniversary. During his student years, Lee was a track letterman and a sports reporter for The Concordian and The Fargo newspapers. Lee was a beloved friend, pastor, teacher and counselor to Cobbers everywhere who delighted in “preparing football chapels until the day he died.”