Concordia plans ride into sunset

The Portland school announced Monday it will close in spring
By Cliff Pfenning, Publisher
Concordia's all-purpose field is home to both baseball and soccer teams.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning.

PORTLAND - Longtime soccer power Concordia University announced Monday it will close down its operations following the Spring semester.

The Board of Directors for the northeast Portland private school, founded in 1905, voted to close based on its finances and future prospects. The athletics department, which competes in the NCAA Div. II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, features 13 men's and women's teams in eight sports.

The school has not announced what plans it has for spring sports teams, with both baseball and softball squads having begun play this past week. The men's basketball team is 3-19 overall with six games left on its schedule. The women's team is 4-18 with six games left.

Concordia's softball team won he GNAC championship last year.

Men's soccer coach Dan Birkey and women's soccer coach Grant Landy have been with the school for 32 and 23 years respectively. 

The school hired athletic directror Matt Martin in November.

The GNAC also features Western Oregon University.