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GSAC - Mon, Aug. 6, 2012

The GSAC has had another highly successful season as seen in the 2012 NAIA Learfield Directors' Cup Standings. In the final standings, the GSAC had 6 teams in the Top 25, with Azusa Pacific finishing in first place for the eighth straight year. Concordia, led by NAIA Coach of the Year Ken Ammann, won the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Championship to bring the total of NAIA Championships won by GSAC schools to 41.

A complete list of GSAC national champions can be seen at About the GSAC. Concordia's Dan Fisher and Brooke Marino were named NAIA Volleyball Coach and Player of the Year, respectively. Below is a summary of this year's highlights. To see complete award lists for each sport, use the sports links on the left, and then click on Awards.

  • NAIA TEAM CHAMPIONS
    Concordia – Div. I Men's Basketball

    TOP TEAM NAIA FINISHES
    The Master's – Men's Cross Country 10th place finish
    Azusa Pacific – Women's Cross Country Runner-up
    The Master's – Women's Cross Country – 10th place finish
    Azusa Pacific – Women's Soccer Semifinalist
    Point Loma Nazarene – Women's Soccer Semifinalist
    Azusa Pacific – Volleyball Quarterfinalist
    Biola – Volleyball Quarterfinalist
    Concordia – Volleyball Runner-up
    Biola – Men's Basketball Quarterfinalist
    Azusa Pacific – Women's Basketball Quarterfinalist
    Biola – Women's Basketball Quarterfinalist
    Westmont – Women's Basketball Quarterfinalist
    Fresno Pacific – Men's Tennis Runner-up
    Azusa Pacific – Men's Tennis Semifinalist
    Vanguard – Men's Tennis Quarterfinalist
    Westmont – Men's Tennis Quarterfinalist
    Fresno Pacific – Women's Tennis Semifinalist
    Azusa Pacific – Women's Tennis Quarterfinalist
    Concordia – Women's Tennis Quarterfinalist
    Azusa Pacific – Men's Outdoor Track & Field 2nd place finish
    Fresno Pacific – Men's Outdoor Track & Field 9th place finish
    Azusa Pacific – Women's Outdoor Track & Field 3rd place finish

    NAIA COACHES OF THE YEAR
    Dan Fisher, Concordia – Volleyball
    Ken Ammann, Concordia – Men's Basketball

    NAIA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Brooke Marino, Concordia – Volleyball Player of the Year

    NAIA LEARFIELD DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS
    (Final Standings)
    1stAzusa Pacific
    6thFresno Pacific
    7thConcordia
    12thBiola
    19thWestmont
    23rdPoint Loma Nazarene
    41stVanguard
    114thThe Master's

     

In non-GSAC sports, conference members had top performances. Azusa Pacific was a quarterfinalist in the NAIA Football Championship. Azusa Pacific's Victoria Martinez was the Most Valuable Performer as Azusa Pacific won the NAIA Women's Indoor Track & Field Championship Meet. Fresno Pacific was the NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving Champion, followed by Concordia in fourth and Azusa Pacific in fifth, and in Men's Swimming & Diving, Fresno Pacific and Concordia earned the second and third places, respectively. Ken Dory of Concordia and Peter Richardson of Fresno Pacific were selected as the NAIA Men's and Women's Coaches of the Year, respectively. Fresno Pacific's Cheyenne Coffman was the Women's Swimmer of the Meet and Outstanding Meet Performer. For the second time, Christine Runkle earned the women's diving Outstanding Performer, while fellow Eagle Chris Salgado captured his first-ever men's diving Outstanding Performer honor.