2011 Cobber Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/17/11)– The Concordia College Athletic Department inducted five former athletes, a former longtime coach and an award-winning broadcaster into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday during the annual Homecoming celebration.

This year’s honorees included football All-Americans David Rosengren ’82 and Jim Southwick ‘88, Track and Field All-American Christine Fredrick ‘91, three-time All-American women’s golfer Lisa (Hanson) Sekely ’94, All-Region volleyball player Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson ‘99  as well as longtime Concordia hockey, football and baseball coach Al Rice and Cobber football and basketball radio broadcaster Larry Knutson.

Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees (L-R): Lisa (Hanson) Sekely, David Rosengren, Al Rice, Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson, Christine Fredrick, Jim Southwick, Larry Knutson

Rosengren was the captain of the 1981 Cobber national championship team while Southwick is still the school’s all-time leader in assisted tackles and second in total tackles.

Fredrick earned All-American honors in five different events and still holds the school record in the indoor 1500 meters and the outdoor 3000 meters. Sekely was the national runner-up at the 1992 Division III championship meet while Pearson is still the school record holder for most kills in a career and most kills and most points in a single season.

Rice led the Cobber men’s hockey team to the MIAC championship in 1981 and was named the MIAC Coach of the Year that same year. Knutson has been the radio voice of the Cobbers for the past 28 years and was honored with the Mike Augustin Award in 2008.

Below is the complete list of Hall of Fame accomplishments and plaque text.

Christine Fredrick ‘91
A Cobber track and field and cross country athlete from 1987 to 1991, Chris Fredrick was a five-time All-American who still holds school records in the indoor 1,500 meters and outdoor 3,000 meters.

In her track career, she participated in eight national track championships, qualifying every year for both the indoor and outdoor meets. She earned All-American honors twice as a freshmen member of the 4×400 relay team and then individually in the indoor 800 meters as a sophomore and indoor 1,500 meters as a junior. She culminated her cross country career her senior year with an individual and team MIAC championship, and entry at the national championships where she earned individual All-American honors.

A native of Foley, Minn., Fredrick began working for IBM in Rochester, Minn., after graduation. She also coached cross country and was secretary of the local NOW chapter. After earning a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota, she and her husband moved to Colorado where she designed web-based training and coached track. She still runs, competing with a Minnesota-based women’s relay team that is consistently a top open women’s contender in the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon, most recently winning the masters division in 2010.

Frederick is a communications consultant residing in Middleton, Wis., with her husband and two children. She volunteers twice weekly at the elementary school and has served as an elementary church catechist.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Christine Fredrick into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lisa (Hanson) Sekely ‘94
From 1990 to 1994, Lisa (Hanson) Sekely completed one of the best careers in Cobber golf history. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time member of the MIAC All-Academic team. In 1992, she was the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III national tournament.

After graduating from Concordia, Sekely began a career in the health care industry, where she held various roles ranging from a strategic client executive to network development at several start-up companies. She is now a regional contracts manager for UnitedHealthcare. She moved with her husband and two children to her hometown of Fosston, Minn., where they are now able to live among family and raise their children in a friendly, supportive community.

Sekely remains an active golfer and is a junior high volleyball coach. She is a volunteer at her church as a musician and director of the Sunday school music program. Her greatest joy, however, is watching her children’s exuberant home performances as eager young gymnasts and golfers.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Lisa (Hanson) Sekely into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson ‘99
Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson is the school record holder for most kills and most points in a season, and most kills in her four-year Cobber volleyball career from 1995 to 1999.

Her many awards include being selected three times to the All-MIAC first team, three times as the team’s most valuable player, and three times to the MIAC All-Academic team.

Pearson has coached volleyball at the camp, club, Junior Olympic and high school levels. For six seasons she coached the Fergus Falls High School junior varsity and was assistant varsity coach, and has assisted at Cobber summer volleyball camps. She continues to play in a YMCA league with a former Cobber teammate.

Pearson began her nursing career at St. Mary’s Hospital-Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., focusing on orthopedic trauma. In Fergus Falls, Minn., she has worked on maternal-child health at Lake Region Healthcare and the Otter Tail County Public Health Department. She has recently received certification as an International Board Certified Lactation consultant. She lives in Fergus Falls with her husband and three children.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

David Rosengren ‘82
Dave Rosengren played defensive end on Cobber football teams that won or shared four MIAC titles and won NAIA national championships in 1978 and 1981. He earned All-American honors in 1981, the same year he was one of the captains of the national championship team. He was twice named to the All-MIAC first team.

After graduating from Concordia, Rosengren earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Montana.  Since then, he has worked as a clinician, researcher, consultant and trainer with a primary focus on the intervention and treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders. Rosengren is currently the director of research and evaluation services for the Prevention Research Institute, which is the sole provider of prevention services in 15 states, the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, National Guard and Coast Guard. At the army’s request, he helped develop a prevention program for use in Afghanistan, and is currently working on a universal prevention program for all army personnel. His participation in the development of these two programs is the proudest accomplishment of his work life.

Rosengren is a co-founder of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and is the author of numerous journal articles and a best-selling book, “Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook.” He and his wife and three children live in Mercer Island, Wash.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct David Rosengren into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Allen Rice
Al Rice’s coaching career at Concordia in hockey, baseball and football spanned 29 years. He coached men’s hockey for 18 of those years, compiling a 144-120-5 record in MIAC play, and won the MIAC championship in 1981 when he was also selected as MIAC coach of the year. He coached baseball for 10 years and was an assistant football coach from 1968 to 1997.

The Concordia teams that Rice worked with won 11 conference championships and two national championships. He served as president of the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association and was a member of the NAIA hockey rules committee for many years.
A native of Hibbing, Minn., Rice was an all-state basketball player and a multi-sport athlete. He participated in football, hockey and baseball at St. Olaf College, where he was an All-MIAC football and baseball player, and captain of the baseball team. Rice was voted the most outstanding St. Olaf athlete of the class of 1958.

Rice coached high school sports at Franklin and Fairfax, Minn., and West Fargo, N.D., before joining the Concordia coaching staff. He and his wife live in Moorhead.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Cobber coach, and for setting an example of leadership and character for others to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Allen E. Rice into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Larry Knutson
Since 1983, Larry Knutson has been the radio voice of Cobber athletics. He is the longest running play-by-play announcer in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and, in 2008, MIAC sports information directors honored him with the Mike Augustin Award for his outstanding contributions to MIAC athletics.

The Augustin award is named for a longtime sportswriter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press who respected, as Knutson does, the core philosophy and goals of Division III institutions and the role they play in the development of outstanding student-athletes.

Knutson has been the lone broadcaster for all Cobber men’s and women’s basketball games and Concordia football games. He is not only known for the talent he brings to broadcasting games, but also as a person who cares about athletes and teams in the conference. He is a leading advocate of Division III athletics and is known throughout the league as one of the nicest and most sincere people working in the MIAC.

Some of Knutson’s most memorable moments behind the microphone include the women’s basketball team winning the 1988 NCAA Division III national championship at Memorial Auditorium, and the 1996 men’s basketball team that earned the team’s first NCAA national tournament berth.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in promoting Cobber athletics, and for setting an example of leadership and character for others to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Larry Knutson into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jim Southwick ‘88

Jim Southwick is the all-time leader in assisted tackles (239) and second for most tackles (356). He earned All-American honors in 1987 and was three times named to the All-MIAC first team. His senior year he was elected team captain and the most valuable player.

Then as now, Southwick was known as a quiet leader who did his talking through his playing. He is regarded by his teammates as one of the best defensive linemen in Cobber football history. He was known for his aggressive, relentless, high-pressure style. Everything was about the team for Southwick, and he was a player who always credited his teammates for their success on the field. A quiet, humble and unassuming man off the field, he inspired his teammates to play at a higher level through his intense work ethic and complete dedication to the game. Southwick was all about playing hard, playing smart and playing to win.

Southwick is a software development manager who lives with his wife and family near Rochester, Minn.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Jim Southwick into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.