Hornacek Decides to Play Football at Concordia


Joey Bonadonna, Sports Editor, Online Tritonian

Yet another member of the class of 2022 has announced their commitment towards college athletics as senior football player Daniel Hornacek has decided to take his talents to Concordia University, a Division II institution in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Hornacek, who also starts on the Notre Dame basketball team, was one of the premier running backs in the state of Wisconsin this past season, rushing for 1,840 yards and 26 touchdowns, as well as tallying almost 200 receiving yards on the season as well. 

“I felt Concordia St. Paul was the best fit for me,” Hornacek said. “The coaches were super up-front and respectful to me, and I liked their vision for the program in the future. I loved the location as it is between the Twin Cities, and I loved the size of the school. Every box that I had for college, CSP checked them.”

As aforementioned, Hornacek is also a key contributor to the Notre Dame basketball team and before his senior year, expected to play college basketball, rather than football. When the 2020 football season was moved to the spring, he decided to play AAU basketball with Team 1848, rather than playing football.

While his basketball career brought him offers from D-III programs like Lakeland University, he ultimately chose football after his stellar season for the Tritons

“After my junior season, I did not expect to be where I am today,” Hornacek said. “I really didn’t know how much football meant to me until I was away from the game and my teammates, so I knew during that time that I was going to play my senior year and give it my all every time I was on the field.”

Hornacek’s tenacity on the football field this past season coined him a new nickname, as senior Sam Lagowski said, “He’s a ‘dawg’,” in a TV interview following his 348-yard performance in a playoff win over Fox Valley Lutheran.

Junior Ethan Wall-Atim, who has played with Hornacek in both football and basketball, spoke highly of his competitive nature.

“He’s competitive in everything he does,” Wall-Atim said. “Whether it be Clash Royale with the boys, or football or basketball, he’s competitive. That’s definitely helped him get to where he is today.”