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Midland University Partners with Nebraska Attack


Midland University recently announced a new strategic partnership with the Nebraska Attack Girl’s Basketball Academy to better support local student-athletes in obtaining a college education.

As part of the new agreement, Nebraska Attack athletes will receive an automatic $18,000 minimum scholarship to play basketball at Midland University upon graduation from high school.  The award will be renewable for four years and will have a minimum net value of $72,000. To reinforce the importance of success in the classroom, Midland University has agreed to provide additional scholarship aid to student-athletes with high-ranking grade-point averages and ACT scores.

“We are always looking for opportunities to partner with reputable organizations that hold similar core values as Midland,” said Merritt Nelson, Vice President for Enrollment Management & Marketing. “This partnership will provide talented athletes with the opportunity to continue their education and passion for their sport at the highest competitive level.”

Part of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), Midland University Women’s Basketball competes at the NAIA level in one of the top collegiate conferences in the nation. “Partnering with Nebraska Attack is an amazing opportunity for Midland,” said Shawn Gilbert, Midland University Women’s Basketball Head Coach. “Zach [Isherwood] has built a strong program, and his track record of student-athlete success at the collegiate level is excellent.”

Founded in 2015 by Zach Isherwood, the Nebraska Attack Girl’s Basketball Academy is dedicated to serving Nebraska and Iowa youth athletes’ academic and athletic goals. The program teaches players commitment, discipline, and work ethic, among other fundamental life-lessons through competitive play at the national level. Current girl’s teams range in age from fourth through eleventh grade.

“This partnership is a no-brainer for our program,” said Zach Isherwood, Nebraska Attack Director. “Coach Gilbert has transformed Midland into one of the top teams in the league and recruits hard-working young women of character for his program, which are qualities we expect from our players. One of our main goals is to help athletes aspiring to play in college to find the perfect fit for them and their families. Playing club basketball at a high level is great, but it is not cheap. Parents want a return on their investment, and a guaranteed four year, $72,000 (minimum) college scholarship is quite the return.”

Continue reading about the new partnership online at the Omaha World Herald.

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