The William C. Ackmann Memorial Athletic Hall of Fame honors the most celebrated athletes of Concordia University Wisconsin. Each year we proudly induct exceptional CUW faculty, staff, students or alumni  into the Hall of Fame for their contributions to CUW Athletics Department.

Join us as we congratulate this year’s inductees!


Recent Hall of Fame Inductees:


David Benke ('66)

David Benke was an all-around athlete at Concordia High School and Junior College from 1960-66. He earned varsity high school letters in basketball and tennis, subsequently receiving junior college varsity letters in basketball, tennis and cross country. Benke was school champion in golf and badminton for five years, also winning doubles badminton awards each year with is his brother Michael. He served as President of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod for twenty-four years, from 1991-2015.


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Nicole Wiedel Brazgel ('98)

Nicole Wiedel is one of the most prolific scorers in program history, helping build the foundation of the Concordia University Wisconsin women’s soccer program. She is second all-time in program history with 178 career points, including 66 goals and 46 assists. The multi-talented forward owns the record for most points in a season with 84 (29 goals, 26 assists) during the 1995 campaign.

Wiedel was a three-time All-Lake Michigan Conference honoree, including twice being named First Team. She was a two-time team captain and voted most inspirational twice, while being voted team MVP in 1996. Wiedel was also named to the All-Concordia Invitational Tournament teams twice and won CIT MVP honors in 1997.

She also played basketball and lettered multiple times. Wiedel was a member of the Dean’s List all four years at CUW and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing.


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Bret Corner

Bret Corner, the founder of Concordia University Wisconsin’s wrestling program, was the head coach for 21 years. He guided the Falcons to eight Lake Michigan Conference titles, 106 dual victories and coached 24 individuals to national qualifier status. Corner was a seven-time LMC Coach of the Year and mentored Greg Sanders, the program’s only NCAA National Champion.

Corner’s coaching résumé, which is one of the most historical in school history for any sport, includes him coaching two All-Americans, 50 individual conference champions and six NWCA Scholar All-Americans. He was twice named Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association District 8 Coach of the Year and helped form the Concordia Open, one of the nation’s largest NCAA Division III tournaments.

During his tenure, he coached Sam Rugg and Kevin Koch, who were both National Qualifiers and inducted into the CUW Hall of Fame.


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Gary Griffin ('01)

Gary Griffin was a forceful defensive back during his time at Concordia University Wisconsin, helping the Falcons advance to the NAIA National Playoffs in 1990. He helped the team to a 22-6 record during his three-year career and won two Illini-Badger Conference championships.

He was an IBC Co-Outstanding Defensive Back of the Year in 1990 and 1991 and a two-time All-IBC First Team honoree as a defensive back. Griffin was named to the NAIA Pre-Season All-America team in 1991 and was a three-time conference defensive player of the week during his career. He was an All-American Honorable Mention in 1991.

The hard-hitting defensive back held the school record for the longest reception and punt return. He was the team MVP and left school in 1991 to pursue a professional football career before returning in 2000 to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in biology and secondary education. Griffin later went on to coach football at the prep and collegiate level.


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Krista Mayyou Parker ('09)

Krista Mayyou was one of the most dynamic players in program history, helping Concordia University Wisconsin win three conference regular season titles and two conference tournament championships. She guided the Falcons to the program’s only NCAA Tournament victory in the 2008-09 season. The program also won the Concordia Invitational Tournament in 2007.

Mayyou was instrumental in the Falcons 85-26 record during her four-year career, including a 63-7 record in conference play. She was a D3Hoops.com All-Region Third Team honoree, along with being named all-conference first team four times and Lake Michigan Conference Freshman of the Year.

She ranks third all-time in program history with 1,621 points, while being the program’s best 3-point field goal shooter (39.0 percent). Mayyou owns the NCAA-era record for field goals made (602), and free throws made (323), to go along with being second in points per game (15.3) and third in steals (187). The forward-guard started 98-of-106 games throughout her illustrious career.


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Men’s Basketball Team

Concordia University Wisconsin’s 2010-11 men’s basketball team put together one of the most decorated seasons in program history; winning 23 games, compiling the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s first-ever undefeated season (16-0) and earning a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Falcons had a productive offense that ranked seventh nationally in turnover margin (5.8) and led the NACC in scoring at 80.9 points per game, while their pressure defense ranked 20th nationally and led the NACC with a 10.36 steals per game average.

Their average margin of victory in conference games was 14 points and they were led by Edward Newton-Kemp, who was a NABC All-Midwest Region Second Team honoree. Head coach Shawn Cassidy was named the NAC Coach of the Year, after guiding the team to the third-most wins in a season in program history.