Long-time Concordia Wrestling Coach Doug Perry to enter The Cobber Athletics Hall of Fame

2024 Cobber Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Concordia Athletic Director Rachel Bergeson announced that six former student-athletes, which includes one long-time coach, will be inducted into the Cobber Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.

Doug Perry ’65 was a 2-sport athlete during his student-athlete days at Concordia. He was a member of the 1964 Cobber football team that won the MIAC title and claimed the NAIA National Co-Championship and was also a 4-year member of the Cobber track & field squad where he was one of the team’s co-captains in 1965. After graduating from Concordia, Doug returned to the athletic department and became a fixture in the athletic department for almost 30 years. Doug’s long-time tenure as a coach at Concordia included being an assistant coach for the football program for 27 years as well as head coach for the men’s and women’s track field teams and head coach of the wrestling squad. He coached numerous All-Americans, MIAC champions and All-Conference award winners during his time at Concordia.

Former 2-time MIAC Most Valuable Player Morgan (Bain) Hirsch, 3-sport athlete and track and field MIAC champion Micah Benson, football All-Americans Nic Didier and Josh Dietz, former Cobber 2-sport athlete and long-time coach Doug Perry and All-American volleyball standout Becca (Shane) Jorgenson will be inducted into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 28 as part of the annual Homecoming festivities.

Morgan (Bain) Hirsch ’07 is one of only four players in the history of the MIAC to earn multiple MIAC Player of the Year honors. She was named the conference MVP in 2004 and 2006. Morgan was one of the driving forces behind the Cobbers’ first MIAC regular-season championship in 2006 where she scored nine goals and had 20 points. Morgan was a 3-time NSCAA All-Region honoree and one of only a few players in the history of the MIAC to earn All-Conference honors in four straight seasons. She still holds the school record in goals scored in a career.

Micah Benson ’00 was the last Cobber to participate in three sports in a single academic year. He was a standout in soccer, basketball and track & field. Benson was a 2-time NCAA Outdoor Meet participant in track & field as well as a 3-time MIAC champion in the long jump and conference winner in the high jump. He was also an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection in soccer and helped Concordia win the MIAC championship in 1996 and advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Micah was a 3-year member of the Cobber basketball team and led the squad in assists in 1998. He is also the only male athlete in school history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in multiple years.

Nic Didier ’05 earned Associated Press Little All-American, AFCA All-American, D3football.com All-American and Football Gazette All-American honors in his senior season for the Cobber football team in 2004. He was also named the MIAC Most Outstanding Lineman (Mike Stam award winner) after being the leader of the Concordia offensive line that helped the Cobbers win the MIAC championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Nic, who was the captain of the 2004 Cobber squad, went on to be selected to play in the Aztec Bowl – the Division III All-Star game.

Josh Dietz ’05 was a captain of the Cobber football team that won the MIAC Championship in 2004. He was one of the leaders on the defense that finished the conference with an unbeaten record and went on to advance to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Dietz was named to the Football Gazette All-American Team in 2004 as well as earning All-Conference honors in three straight seasons. Josh is still second on the school’s all-time list for solo tackles and third in total tackles.

Becca (Shane) Jorgenson ’07 was the main attacking presence for the Cobber volleyball team during the Golden Era of the program from 2003-06. She earned AVCA All-American honors in 2004 and 2006, was a 2-time All-Region honoree and is the only player in program history to be named the AVCA Region First-Year Player of the Year. Becca also garnered MIAC honors as well as she helped Concordia win the 2006 MIAC regular-season championship and the 2003, 2004 and 2006 postseason titles. She was named the MIAC Most Valuable Player in 2006 – one of only three players in program history to receive the league’s highest honor.

This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.

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