Concordia Invitational Tournament History

History of the Concordia Invitational Tournament

The Concordia Invitational Tournament is the creation of Coach Eldon "Pete" Pederson of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In the fall of 1950, Pederson developed the idea of a basketball tournament involving The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's four culminating schools: the teachers' colleges in Seward, Neb., and River Forest, Ill., and the seminaries in Springfield, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo.

The inaugural tournament was held in St. Louis March 9-10, 1951. Besides Pederson, Don Dinkmeyer of River Forest, Luther Schwich of Seward, and Ronald Wagner of Springfield were the coaches in this new tournament's trial run. St. Louis defeated River Forest, 50-40, to win the championship. The response to the tournament was so overwhelming that it became an annual event. The site of the tournament rotated so that each institution would have the opportunity to serve as the host.

New teams, women take to the hardcourt

Concordia Seminary, Springfield, dropped its intercollegiate athletics program in 1963. Westmar College in Le Mars, Iowa, and Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., participated until 1967 when Concordia St. Paul, having just become a four-year college, entered the tournament as the fourth participant.

The women's basketball tournament was introduced in 1965 in River Forest with a single game between the Seward "Lady Bulldogs" and the River Forest "Kittens." In 1971, St. Paul was invited to participate in a three-team round-robin tournament. The tournament went to a four-team format in 1973, with the host school responsible for inviting the fourth team. St. Louis School of Nursing, Concordia Milwaukee, Augsburg College, Maryville College, Dana College, North Park College, St. John's Winfield, Concordia Portland and Concordia Mequon have all participated as the fourth team.

A new beginning and a gracious farewell marked 1994. After 42 years of participation, and winning 16 championships (the last coming in 1973), Concordia Seminary, St. Louis withdrew from the tournament. The Concordia Mequon men's team began its first year of competition in the tournament after being invited to fill the slot vacated by St. Louis. The Concordia Mequon women's team had been the fourth invited team since 1990.

One final change came about as St. Paul switched their affiliation to NCAA Division II and thus competed in their final tournament in 2001. Concordia Ann Arbor was invited to fill their position and began play in 2002. Coinciding with this change, the site rotation was changed so that Ann Arbor did not have the burden of hosting in their initial appearance, and Mequon assumed the host's role for 2002 with Ann Arbor following in 2003.

CIT traveling trophies

Aid Association for Lutherans donated the tournament's traveling trophy in 1957. Designed by Dr. Adalbert Kretzmann, the trophy stands not only as a symbol of tournament victory, but is also inscribed with the true meaning of athletics among the Concordias: "Inaugurated to sponsor the highest ideals in competitive athletics, in fullest conformity with the Spirit of Christ and its demand in the lives of Christian men."

In 1981, Aid Association for Lutherans donated a traveling trophy for the women. The champions of the tournament are in custody of the trophy until the subsequent tournament.

All-tournament teams

All-tournament teams for men have been selected since 1959. The All-Tournament Team includes two members from the championship team, in addition to one member from each of the other participating teams. In 1962, the River Forest Cougar Club donated a most valuable player trophy, and it soon became a permanent part of the tournament awards presentation. In 1977, the women adopted the same tournament format and awards presentation.

January madness

The Concordia Invitational Tournament was originally scheduled as a post-season tournament but, due to conflicts with conference, district and national tournaments, it was cancelled in 1976 and moved to the end of January in 1977. In 1990, the tournament was moved to early December as an experiment. The December date was immediately unpopular with the fans, coaches and administrators, so it was quickly shifted back to the last week of January, where it has remained since that time.

Seedless scheduling

For the first 15 years of the tournament, the teams were matched, or seeded, at the discretion of the host institution. In the mid-1960s, the seeding was based on the win-loss record of the participating schools, with the top team playing the team with the poorest record. This format prevailed until 1990 when, at the 40th tournament, it was decided to match the teams that did not play each other the previous year. The was revised in 2016 once again, allowing Chicago and Wisconsin to play each other in the first round when they serve as the host schools. On the years that Ann Arbor and Nebraska host they have the choice of who to play in the first round.

CIT spirit

Cheerleaders, dance teams, pep bands and mascots have always been part of the festivities. The CIT spirit is demonstrated yearly in the fan antics, dance routines, good-humored mascot follies and pep band competitions. The excitement, spirited games and fellowship lives on and continues to grow with each Concordia Invitational Tournament. Truly, it has become one of the highlights of the athletic year. In 2017, a cheer and dance competition was added to the schedule on Saturday.

Future CIT Locations

2022 - Nebraska (70th Anniversary)

2023 - Wisconsin

2024 - Ann Arbor

2025 - Chicago

Men's Basketball

All-Time Records

Title Won

Nebraska

86-50

28

St. Louis

47-37

16

Chicago

60-76

14

Wisconsin

28-24

3

St. Paul

24-44

2

Ann Arbor

19-17

4

Springfield

7-19

1

Westmar

1-1

0

Fort Wayne

0-4

0

Men's Basketball Year-by-Year Results

Year

   

Champion

   

Coach

   

MVP

1951

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1952

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1953

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1954

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1955

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1956

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1957

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1958

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1959

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

     

1960

   

Chicago

   

Don Spitz

     

1961

   

St. Louis

   

Edlon Pederson

     

1962

   

Springfield

   

Warren Wilbert

   

M. Schumacher (Chicago)

1963

   

Chicago

   

Don Spitz

   

A. Hermann (Chicago)

1964

   

Nebraska

   

Reuben Stohs

   

G. Bredow (Nebraska)

1965

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

   

T. Zollman (St. Louis)

1966

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

   

T. Henning (Nebraska)

1967

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

T. Ruppert (Chicago)

1968

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

   

J. Roos (St. Louis)

1969

   

St. Paul

   

Robert Barnes

   

R. Wingert (St. Paul)

1970

   

St. Louis

   

Edlon Pederson

   

R. Rall (St. Louis)

1971

   

St. Loius

   

Eldon Pederson

   

D. Marth (St. Louis)

1972

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

   

R. Stelzer (St. Louis)

1973

   

St. Louis

   

Eldon Pederson

   

L. Theis (St. Louis)

1974

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

W. Heese (Chicago)

1975

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

W. Heese (Chicago)

1976

   

No CIT

           

1977

   

Nebraska

   

Reuben Stohs

   

S. White (Nebraska)

1978

   

St. Paul

   

John Hendrickson

   

D. Felton (St. Paul)

1979

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

J. Ledebuhr (Chicago)

1980

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

M. Graf (Chicago)

1981

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

J. Ledebuhr (Chicago)

1982

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

J. Shiley (Chicago)

1983

   

Nebraska

   

Kent Einspahr

   

G. Schmidt (Nebraska)

1984

   

Nebraska

   

Kent Einspahr

   

M. Cutler (Nebraska)

1985

   

Chicago

   

Tom Faszholz

   

D. Stellwagen (Chicago)

1986

   

Nebraska

   

Brian Mueller

   

R. Freeman (Nebraska)

1987

   

Nebraska

   

Brian Mueller

   

B. Cunningham (Nebraska)

1988

   

Nebraska

   

Tom Baack

   

J. Sickels (Nebraska)

1989

   

Nebraska

   

Tom Baack

   

B. Cumber (Nebraska)

1990

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

M. List (Nebraska)

1991*

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

J. Puelz (Nebraska)

1992

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

M. Works (Nebraska)

1993

   

Chicago

   

Keith Peterson

   

K. Handy (Chicago)

1994

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

M. Hoffart (Nebraska)

1995

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

R. Kness (Nebraska)

1996

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

J. Toth (Wisconsin)

1997

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

M. Taylor (St. Paul)

1998

   

Chicago

   

Gary Gutenkunst

   

P. Lark (Chicago)

1999

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

J. Dahlke (Nebraska)

2000

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

T. Schroeder (Nebraska)

2001

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

D. Engelbart (Nebraska)

2002

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

T. Wischmeier (Nebraska)

2003

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

J. Calver (Nebraska)

2004

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

R. Wietor (Wisconsin)

2005

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

M. Wernke (Nebraska)

2006

   

Ann Arbor

   

Ben Limback

   

N. Ashcraft (Ann Arbor)

2007

   

Ann Arbor

   

Ben Limback

   

T. Weisshaar (Ann Arbor)

2008

   

Wisconsin

   

Shawn Cassidy

   

T. Moulton (Wisconsin)

2009

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

D. Veselinovic (Nebraska)

2010

   

Wisconsin

   

Shawn Cassidy

   

M. Schneider (Wisconsin)

2011

   

Chicago

   

Tyler Jones

   

D. Young (Chicago)

2012

   

Nebraska

   

Grant Schmidt

   

B. Smith (Nebraska)

2013

   

Wisconsin

   

Shawn Cassidy

   

Brian Jackson (Wisconsin)

2014

   

Nebraska

   

Ben Limback

   

A. Vogt (Nebraska)

2015

   

Ann Arbor

   

Ricky Yahn

   

A. Patrick (Ann Arbor)

2016

   

Nebraska

   

Ben Limback

   

C. Folkerts (Nebraska)

2017

   

Nebraska

   

Ben Limback

   

C. Folkerts (Nebraska)


2018

    Ann Arbor     Ricky Yahn     J. Thompson (Ann Arbor)
2019     Wisconsin     Shawn Cassidy     J. Johnson (Wisconsin)
2020     Nebraska     Ben Limback     T. Shuck (Nebraska)

 

 

20* Game played in December of 1990

Women's Basketball

All-Time Records

Titles Won

Nebraska

74-18

28

St. Paul

34-22

8

Chicago

27-65

4

Wisconsin

20-34

3

Ann Arbor

16-20

2

Portland

1-1

0

Dana

1-1

0

Augsburg

0-2

0

Maryville

0-2

0

North Park

0-2

0

Luthern Nurses

0-6

0

Winfield

0-10

0

 

Women's Basketball Year-by-Year Results

Year

   

Champion

   

Coach

   

MVP

1973

   

St. Paul

   

Carol Roose

     

1974

   

Chicago

   

Marjorie Albohn

     

1975

   

Chicago

   

Ruth Buhrke

     

1976

   

No CIT

           

1977

   

St. Paul

   

J. & K. Surridge

   

C. Pummill (St. Paul)

1978

   

St. Paul

   

J. & K. Surridge

   

P. Jackson (St. Paul)

1979

   

St. Paul

   

J. & K. Surridge

   

C. Baumann (St. Paul)

1980

   

St. Paul

   

J. & K. Surridge

   

J. Boynes (St. Paul)

1981

   

St. Paul

   

J. & K. Surridge

   

R. Hintz (St. Paul)

1982

   

St. Paul

   

J. & K. Surridge

   

R. Hintz (St. Paul)

1983

   

Nebraska

   

Carl Everts

   

J. Weber (Nebraska

1984

   

Chicago

   

Al Hermann

   

J. Shimek (Chicago)

1985

   

St. Paul

   

J. & K. Surridge

   

J. Bammert (St. Paul)

1986

   

Chicago

   

Al Hermann

   

T. Dunker (Chicago)

1987

   

Nebraska

   

Carl Everts

   

J. Dartmann (Nebraska)

1988

   

Nebraska

   

Carl Everts

   

S. Poppe (Nebraska)

1989

   

Nebraska

   

Carl Everts

   

T. Noffke (Nebraska)

1990

   

Nebraska

   

Carl Everts

   

L. Beck (Nebraska)

1991*

   

Nebraska

   

Carl Everts

   

L. Beck (Nebraska)

1992

   

Nebraska

   

Carl Everts

   

T. Kingle (Nebraska)

1993

   

Wisconsin

   

Jack Surridge

   

H. Norby (Wisconsin)

1994

   

Nebraska

   

Mark Lemke

   

T. Kindle-Pinneo (Nebraska)

1995

   

Wisconsin

   

Jack Surridge

   

L. Medne (Wisconsin)

1996

   

Nebraska

   

Mark Lemke

   

A. Nyland (Nebraska

1997

   

Nebraska

   

Mark Lemke

   

S. Miller (Nebraska)

1998

   

Nebraska

   

Mark Lemke

   

S. Miller (Nebraska)

1999

   

Nebraska

   

Micah Parker

   

M. Samek (Nebraska)

2000

   

Nebraska

   

Micah Parker

   

M. Deitemeyer (Wisconsin)

2001

   

Nebraska

   

Micah Parker

   

H. Kobza (Nebraska)

2002

   

Nebraska

   

Micah Parker

   

S. Harrison (Nebraska)

2003

   

Nebraska

   

Tood Voss

   

E. Rhoden (Nebraska)

2004

   

Nebraska

   

Todd Voss

   

S. Harrison (Nebraska)

2005

   

Nebraska

   

Todd Voss

   

S. Harrison (Nebraska)

2006

   

Nebraska

   

Todd Voss

   

W. Stichka (Nebraska)

2007

   

Wisconsin

   

Stacey Brunner

   

K. Rouppe (Wisconsin)

2008

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

W. Stichka (Nebraska)

2009

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

W. Stichka (Nebraska)

2010

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

A. Kuca (Nebraska)

2011

   

Ann Arbor

   

Andrea Gorski

   

K. Elsworth (Ann Arbor)

2012

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

A. Kistler (Nebraska)

2013

   

Ann Arbor

   

Andrea Gorski

   

H. Sabol (Ann Arbor)

2014

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

B. Morris (Nebraska)

2015

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

B. Morris (Nebraska)

2016

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

Q. Wragge (Nebraska)

2017

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

Q. Wragge (Nebraska)

2018

   

Nebraska

   

Drew Olson

   

D. Hoppes (Nebraska)

2019     Nebraska     Drew Olson     Philly Lammers (Nebraska)
2020     Nebraska     Drew Olson     Grace Berry (Nebraska)