All-Decade MVP: Joel Borchardt

All-Decade MVP: Joel Borchardt
WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Maranatha Athletics is pleased to recognize Joel Borchardt as the all-decade MVP for Maranatha Men's Basketball.

A lot of people know him as a coach, but what Joel did as a student-athlete was memorable and deserving of the honor.

He played from 2009-13 and is the program's most-recent NCCAA 1st Team All-American. He's also the only student-athlete during the 2010-19 decade that earned All-America honors twice, and he was captain of the team for his junior and senior seasons. He earned the honor of the Northern Athletics Conference Freshman of the Year in the 2009-10 season, and he appears in the program record books (career stats) some 24 times.

Joel was versatile, skilled, and nothing short of exceptional:

Joel Borchardt Honors   Year  
NCCAA DII 1st-Team All-American  2012-13  
NCCAA DII Midwest Region MVP 2012-13  
NAC 2nd-Team All-Conference  2012-13  
NCCAA DII Midwest Region Selection    2012-13  
NCCAA DII 2nd-Team All-American    2011-12   
NCCAA DII Midwest Region Selection 2011-12  
NAC Freshman of the Year 2009-10  
NAC All-Freshman Team 2009-10  
Joel Borchardt Stats^    
Category               Number   Rank
Career Points 1,208 12th
Career Points per Game 11.7  T-23rd 
Career Rebounds* 758 1st
Career Rebounds/Game 7.4 2nd
Career Defensive Rebounds 501 1st
Career Assists 165 7th
Career Blocks 54 4th
Career Steals 93 9th
(Career Top-25 Appearances) 24x  

^Note: career records are accurate and are taken from the NCAA Career Stats Database. MBU's in-house career stats may differ due to incomplete records prior to 2015. After 2013, discrepancies between MBU and NCAA records may exist due to NCAA Countable Opponents policies.

*Note: ball control statistics (rebounds, steals, assists, etc.) were tracked beginning in 2000.


Borchardt is part of a strong family representation at Maranatha: his father, Jeff Borchardt ('79 graduate) registered 1,097 career points in just 98 games, his mother, Cindy (Roehl) Borchardt competed on the Maranatha Women's Basketball and Women's Volleyball teams and his brothers, Jeff ('04 graduate) and Johnny ('05) both played Football. Joel's sister, Pam (Borchardt) Fiocchi ('15 graduate), was a two-time All-American Volleyball player. 

Besides his career on the court, Joel played baseball for three seasons and was a two-year captain and an NCCAA Regional selection.

"Being a student-athlete taught me the value of hard work and being able to balance your life," Joel said. "I think being a student makes you really juggle your academics and your athletics and it allows you to practice balancing different responsibilities. It also teaches you the value of each team member - each guy was important to the team because everyone helped us prepare for the end of the season. The same goes for work or church organizations - everyone has a role and they play an important part in accomplishing goals."


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For a complete list of the all-decade MVPs (as they are announced), CLICK HERE

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