ST. PAUL, Minn. - Concordia University, St. Paul Director of Athletics Tom Rubbelke has announced that he has accepted the resignation of head football coach Mark Mauer, effective immediately, as he pursues other professional opportunities.

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Mauer was the ninth coach in the history of Concordia's four-year intercollegiate football program dating back to 1969, compiling the most wins (40) in program history in his seven years at the helm.

"I'm very thankful for what Mark has done for the football program in his time here," Rubbelke said. "He has accomplished some great things on the sidelines. I'll miss him tremendously as a person and as a coach and wish him well on his future opportunities."

Noting the program's remarkable turnaround 2010 season, Rubbelke continued, "I want the student-athletes to understand that they will have a great coaching staff moving forward. Football is very important to the University. It's imperative that we find continuity as well as the right coach to lead us forward. I'm committed to this program."

Mauer patrolled the sidelines from 2004 to 2010 and presided over the 2005 NSIC Champions, earning NSIC Coach of the Year honors in the process. He also coached the team to a pair of Mineral Water Bowl appearances (2005, 2010) and finished with a 40-39 career record - seven wins higher than the previous record (Tom Cross, 1987-97, 33 wins).

Under Mauer, Concordia had three winning seasons and finished .500 or better four times in conference play.

The Golden Bears are the only NCAA Division II football program in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and the only private institution in the state of Minnesota competing at the Division II level. Concordia is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and the University is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS).