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For Concordia and His Country: BJ Alzaid's Unique Journey to Coaching

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

South by Southwest is not the only attraction bringing people to Austin. The Concordia University men's basketball team is one win away from the NCAA Division III Sweet 16. Three of the Tornadoes top four scorers started their careers at another school.

"We all have something in common," said Concordia's leading scorer Dwayne Patterson who transferred from Jacksonville Junior College. "We come from different schools and find a common ground."

Senior guard Nick Haynes is the only Tornadoes player averaging double-figures in points who has played more than one season in Austin.

"It's not as difficult as it looks," said Haynes. "We all communicate well. The chemistry is awesome. It just works."

Coach Stan Bonewitz is the architect of Concordia's rise to prominence. But seventh year assistant BJ Alzaid gets credit for building the roster.

"West Texas to east Texas," said Alzaid. "If it's on a Sunday, if it's a church league, I'm trying to scope it out to see if I can find players."

In charge of most of Concordia's recruiting: Coach Alzaid knows what it takes to build a winning team. He spent eight years as a member of the best team in the world - the United States Military.

"I just basically said, 'I want to serve my country," said Alzaid.

Alzaid served as a specialist for the U.S. Army Reserve. He was responsible for transporting wounded soldiers from Black Hawk helicopters to the combat support hospital. He served his country while finishing his degree at Concordia.

"I was doing drills for the Army Reserve on weekends Friday to Sunday while working at a BBQ restaurant here in town 30 hours a week," recalled Alzaid. "I was also taking classes and making phone calls to recruits. I look back now, it was all worth it."

Saturday night, the team Alzaid helped assemble can punch a ticket to its first ever NCAA Sweet 16. It's going to be a battle. But you won't hear Alzaid call it a war.

"I used to worry about bullets flying over my head and trying to figure out how we are going to get from Point A to Point B with 30 troops," said Alzaid. "The only thing we're talking about here is losses in a game."

He helped build the most decorated team in program history and helped protect the most powerful country in the world. Just one of the reasons why Concordia is turning into another Austin attraction.

by Adam WinklerFor Concordia and His Country: BJ Alzaid's Unique Journey to Coaching

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Scores & Schedules

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Saturday's Games

( 1) Ohio State 34, Indiana 27

( 2) Michigan State 24, Purdue 21

(25) Florida 38, ( 3) Mississippi 10

( 4) TCU 50, Texas 7

( 5) Baylor 63, Texas Tech 35

(12) Clemson 24, ( 6) Notre Dame 22

Arizona State 38, ( 7) UCLA 23

(13) Alabama 38, ( 8) Georgia 10

( 9) LSU 44, Eastern Michigan 22

(11) Florida State 24, Wake Forest 16

(14) Texas A-and-M 30, (21) Mississippi State 17

(15) Oklahoma 44, (23) West Virginia 24

(16) Northwestern 27, Minnesota 0

(18) Stanford 55, Arizona 17

Iowa 10, (19) Wisconsin 6

(20) Oklahoma State 36, Kansas State 34

(22) Michigan 28, Maryland 0

(24) California 34, Washington State 28



Saturday's Games

Baltimore 9, N.Y. Yankees 2, 1st game

Kansas City 5, Minnesota 1

L.A. Angels 11, Texas 10

Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3

Baltimore 4, N.Y. Yankees 3, 2nd game

Cleveland 2, Boston 0

Chicago White Sox 4, Detroit 3

Houston 6, Arizona 2

Oakland 7, Seattle 5, 13 innings

Sunday's Games

L.A. Angels (Richards 15-11) at Texas (Hamels 6-1), 3:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 12-9) at Baltimore (Tillman 10-11), 3:05 p.m.

Boston (Porcello 9-14) at Cleveland (Salazar 13-10), 3:10 p.m.

Detroit (Da.Norris 2-2) at Chicago White Sox (Montas 0-1), 3:10 p.m.

Houston (McCullers 6-7) at Arizona (Ray 5-12), 3:10 p.m.

Kansas City (Cueto 3-7) at Minnesota (Nolasco 5-1), 3:10 p.m.

Oakland (Bassitt 1-8) at Seattle (Nuno 1-4), 3:10 p.m.

Toronto (Buehrle 15-7) at Tampa Bay (M.Moore 2-4), 3:10 p.m.


Saturday's Games

Washington 3, N.Y. Mets 1, 1st game

San Francisco 3, Colorado 2

Miami 7, Philadelphia 6, 1st game

Cincinnati 3, Pittsburgh 1

Chicago Cubs 1, Milwaukee 0

Washington 2, N.Y. Mets 0, 2nd game

St. Louis at Atlanta, ppd., rain

Miami 5, Philadelphia 2, 2nd game

Houston 6, Arizona 2

L.A. Dodgers 2, San Diego 1

Sunday's Games

St. Louis (Lackey 13-9) at Atlanta (S.Miller 5-17), 1 p.m., 1st game

Cincinnati (Jos.Smith 0-3) at Pittsburgh (Happ 6-2), 3:05 p.m.

Colorado (Bergman 3-1) at San Francisco (M.Cain 2-4), 3:05 p.m.

Miami (Conley 4-1) at Philadelphia (D.Buchanan 2-9), 3:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (Haren 10-9) at Milwaukee (Jo.Lopez 1-0), 3:10 p.m.

Houston (McCullers 6-7) at Arizona (Ray 5-12), 3:10 p.m.

San Diego (Garces 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 16-7), 3:10 p.m.

Washington (Roark 4-7) at N.Y. Mets (deGrom 14-8), 3:10 p.m.

St. Louis (Lynn 12-10) at Atlanta (Wisler 7-8), 4:30 p.m., 2nd game



No games scheduled

Sunday's Games

Sunday's Games

N.Y. Jets vs. Miami at London, 9:30 a.m.

Oakland at Chicago, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.

N.Y. Giants at Buffalo, 1 p.m.

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.

Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.

Houston at Atlanta, 1 p.m.

Kansas City at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

Cleveland at San Diego, 4:05 p.m.

Green Bay at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.

St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m.

Minnesota at Denver, 4:25 p.m.

Dallas at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m.

Open: New England, Tennessee

Monday's Game

Detroit at Seattle, 8:30 p.m.


Saturday's Games

Toronto FC 3, Philadelphia 1

New York 2, Columbus 1

Orlando City 2, Montreal 1

Chicago 3, New England 1

San Jose 1, Vancouver 1, tie

Sporting Kansas City 1, Portland 0

Sunday's Games

Houston at FC Dallas, 5 p.m.

Real Salt Lake at Colorado, 7 p.m.

Los Angeles at Seattle, 9:30 p.m.



No games scheduled

Sunday - Game 1

Indiana at Minnesota, 3 p.m.

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