GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra
B.A. - Dordt College - 1997
M.A. - Briar Cliff University - 2015
Corey Westra, from Sioux City, Iowa, was named the second commissioner of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in April of 2003. He is a 1997 graduate of GPAC member school Dordt College in Sioux Center where he holds a B.A. in Communication. Westra also holds a M.A. in Management from GPAC member school Briar Cliff University with an emphasis in Leadership (2015).
Westra has helped lead the GPAC onto the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) scene with active roles in various NAIA committees. He is the past chair of the NAIA National Administrative Council (NAC) and is past chair of the NAIA Council of Conferences and Independents (CACI). He has also been an officer on the board of the NAIA Sports Information Directors Association (NAIA-SIDA). Currently he is a member of the NAIA National Administrative Council (NAC) and the Vice-Chair of the NAIA Conference Commissioners Association (CCA). He also is a member of the NAIA Constitution and By-Laws Committee and Competitive Experience Committee.
Under his guidance the GPAC has 11 current members and is one of the leading NAIA conferences in the country. Westra has led the charge to increase awareness of the league through the development of a comprehensive website, increased press releases, and a daily radio program titled "The GPAC Report" and a weekly fall radio program during the football season titled "The GPAC Football Saturday Report". He has also facilitated the development of Players of the Week for all GPAC sports. The GPAC has won 25 NAIA National Championships and boasts over 500 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and numerous NAIA Scholar-Teams annually.
Westra serves as the Local Tournament Director for the NAIA Women's Volleyball National Championship (2008-2011, 2014-Present), NAIA Women's Division II Basketball Championship in Sioux City (2007-2011, 2015-Present), and the NAIA Softball World Series in Sioux City (2015-16). He has also served as a member of the NAIA National Tournament Committee for both events in Sioux City. In 2008 he was named the recipient of the Cheryl K. Brown Meritorious Service Award for his efforts at the NAIA National Women's Division II Basketball Championship. In 2012 he was honored with the Outstanding Service Award at the NAIA Volleyball Championship. In 2013 he was named the NAIA Charles Morris Administrator-of-the-Year by his peers. Westra also is the Past-President (still a member of the board) of the Sioux City Sports Commission a non-profit organization that promotes sporting events in Sioux City. Sioux City was named a Top Sports Destination by Sports Travel Magazine during his term as President. Siouxland Magazine named Westra to their Top 10 Under 40 List in 2013.
Westra also is a part of the Leadership Basketball Academy, a summer basketball camp in Sioux City focused on character and leadership. He also actively speaks on character and leadership to youth sports teams.
Prior to serving as Commissioner he served the GPAC as Sports Information Director in 2002-03 and was the Sports Information Director at Dordt College from 1997-2001. He also served as Sports Director at KDCR Radio in Sioux Center during that same time period.
He and his wife Anne live in Sioux City, Iowa, and are the proud parents of three children (Aiden - 13, Meredith - 11, and Mallory - 6). They are active members in their church and community with coaching youth volleyball/basketball and serving on Children's Museum Board of Directors among other activities.
GPAC Assistant Commissioner Lucas Mohrman
B.A. - University of Nebraska-Kearney - 2003
The Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) named Lucas Mohrman from Lincoln, Nebraska, as Assistant Commissioner for Sports Information in the spring of 2014.
Mohrman is currently the Associate Tournament Director for Mr. Basketball, Inc. He has been with Mr. Basketball, Inc. since 1999 and started full time in 2007. He will retain his position with Mr. Basketball in addition to his new duties with the GPAC.
"I am excited to have Lucas come on board with the GPAC as our Assistant Commissioner," said Corey Westra. "He is so well respected by our conference schools and has a great grasp of the NAIA and the conference, he is really the perfect fit for this position."
"Lucas will be a valuable resource as we expand our operations within the GPAC, I am excited to work with him on a day to day basis," added Westra.
Mohrman served as Sports Information Director at GPAC member Concordia University (Neb.) for three years. During that time he also served as the Media Coordinator for the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa. Additionally, he spent time in the broadcasting field, producing "The Morning News with Kent Pavelka" on 1290 KKAR-AM in Omaha. He continues to do freelance sports broadcasting on both radio and television in addition to officiating high school basketball in Nebraska.
A 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a degree in Broadcast Production Management and a minor in Sports Administration, Lucas & his wife, Amanda, live in Columbus and have two sons (Emerson and Avery) and a daughter Malorie.