MIAC Release

Kosmoski is coach of the year, Nielsen and Gunderson are All-MIAC

Mike Ludwig
March 6, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Senior forward Connor Gunderson and junior Sterling Nielsen were named All-MIAC on Thursday, while St. Olaf head coach was named the league's coach of the year.

In addition, Nielsen was named to the league's five-man all-defensive team.

St. Olaf captured its first MIAC Playoff title on Sunday with a 63-53 win over top-seeded and No. 12 St. Thomas. The Oles (22-5), winners of five straight and 15 of 16, will open the NCAA Division III Championship with a first round game against Central College (Iowa) on Friday at 5 p.m. in Stevens Point, Wis.

Gunderson leads St. Olaf in scoring (14.1 ppg) and field goal percentage (.611). He eclipsed 1,000 career points in February and was an All-MIAC honorable mention selection in 2012-13.

Nielsen, also an All-MIAC honorable mention selection last winter, is 16th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.77).

St. Olaf sophomore guard Justin Pahl was named All-MIAC honorable mention. Pahl is third on the team in scoring (10.4 ppg) and has made 40.3 percent of his three-point attempts.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.