Formerly Buena Vista University's associate head coach/pitching coach, Ryan Dupic was named Concordia University head baseball coach on July 1, 2014. He completed his third season as head coach in 2017.
Dupic has made an immediate positive impact, leading the program to its winningest three-year stretch in program history (88-67). The 2017 team rose to greater heights than any Bulldog baseball team yet, winning the GPAC regular-season title, advancing to the national tournament and claiming victory in a national tournament game. None of those feats had ever before been attained in school history.
Prior to Dupic's arrival in Seward, the program had not produced a winning season since 1979. Concordia's most recent conference baseball title had come in 1986. Under Dupic, the Bulldogs have now reset the school single-season wins standard three years in a row. The 34-win 2017 squad not only broke the program wins record, it set a new standard for pitcher strikeouts (361). The 2016 Bulldogs still own records for runs scored (395), home runs (38) and hits (505).
A native of Emmetsburg, Iowa, Dupic served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2007 to 2014. In his seven seasons working with Buena Vista head coach Steve Eddie, the Beavers put together a combined record of 194-109 with IIAC regular-season and tournament titles in both 2010 and 2014. They made NCAA Division III national tournament appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2014, including a 2011 World Series berth. The success was unprecedented for a Buena Vista program that experienced 24 losing seasons in 26 years prior to 2008.
As pitching coach, Dupic worked wonders with the Beaver hurlers, who led the IIAC in ERA and strikeouts over his final six years at BV (2008-14). In 2014 they set a school record for strikeouts in a season during a 37-9 campaign. Over the last six years, Dupic has mentored 13 all-conference pitchers and 21 academic all-conference pitchers. He also aided in the growth of 2014 Major League Baseball draft pick Scott Harris.
Owner of a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (2008) and a master’s in science in education (2011) from Buena Vista, Dupic was a two-sport star for the Beavers. Dupic, who served as team captain, earned first team all-conference in 2006 and 2007, first team all-region in 2007 and team MVP (2007) honors on the diamond. On the basketball court, Dupic received team MVP accolades in 2007.
Dupic began his collegiate career at the University of Iowa (2002-05), where he was a member of the Hawkeye baseball team. He received Academic All-Big Ten recognition for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
Following his collegiate playing days, Dupic signed a professional contract with the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers, a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
Dupic has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA) and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches’ Association (IHSBCA).
Ryan and his wife Abby reside in Seward with their son Cole.
Berg completed his first season as a full-time assistant baseball coach in 2016-17, working closely with hitters and catchers. He was elevated from his role of graduate assistant coach, which he served in 2015-16. He also fills a role as athletic equipment manager.
Berg has been on staff for the two winningest seasons in the history of the Concordia baseball program. The 2017 squad became the first in school annals to win the GPAC regular-season title, advance to the national tournament and eclipse the 30-win total. The Bulldogs went on to record their first ever national tournament victory. Offensively, Concordia has had two of its most productive seasons over the last two years, breaking single-season school records for runs scored, hits and home runs during that stretch.
The brother of 2017 senior Casey Berg, Bryce has coached for several different teams over the past few seasons. His resume includes stints with the Sioux Falls Cyclones 14U, Kuemper Catholic High School (assistant coach), Carroll Merchants Legion (assistant coach) and Carroll Classics Amateur Baseball (head coach).
As a collegian, Berg attended Iowa Central Community College before transferring and earning his degree in sport management from Augustana College. During a second team all-conference season at Augustana, Berg batted .392 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs. His successful college career followed a standout career at Kuemper Catholic, where he hit .480 with 64 RBIs and earned super team all-state recognition in 2011.
One of four Berg brothers, Bryce is married to Nicole (maiden name Williams). He is pursuing his masters of athletic administration from Concordia University.
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Jake Adams enters his first season on the Concordia University baseball coaching staff in 2017-18. He graduated from Concordia in May 2017 after two seasons as a starting outfielder for head coach Ryan Dupic.
Adams, who spent two years at North Iowa Area Community College, earned GPAC Gold Glove honors in 2016. A year later, the native of Mason City, Iowa, garnered honorable mention All-GPAC accolades and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a NAIA Scholar-Athlete. In his two seasons as a Bulldog, Adams batted .294 with seven home runs and 61 RBIs. His three-run homer on May 15, 2017, helped Concordia to its first-ever national tournament win. Adams was a member of the 2017 GPAC regular-season championship team.
Coached by his father Tony at Newman Catholic High School, Adams earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia. He is now pursuing a master’s in business administration. He is the son of Tony and Pam and has an older brother Jordan.
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Casey Hall, a 2017 Concordia graduate, is in his first season assisting head coach Ryan Dupic’s staff. He earned bachelor’s degrees in recreation and sport studies and health and human performance.
Hall pitched for both the 2016 and 2017 Bulldog baseball teams. He helped the 2017 squad to a GPAC regular-season championship and its first-ever appearance at the national tournament. Hall appeared in 13 games over his two years at Concordia. He arrived in Seward after two years at North Iowa Area Community College. He garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition in 2017. At NIACC, he garnered the Neil Francois Award and was first team academic all-conference honoree.
Hall is pursuing a master’s degree in positive coaching. He is the son of Tim and Patty Hall. He has an older brother Chris.
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Mark Harris is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Concordia University baseball program. The 2016 Concordia graduate, Harris spent two seasons pitching for the Bulldogs after transferring from the University of the Redlands.
A native of Tucson, Ariz., Harris appeared in 29 games over the 2015 and 2016 seasons at Concordia. He threw a total of 84.2 innings while posting a record of 8-6 and an ERA of 3.30 to go along with 77 strikeouts. Following the 2016 campaign, Harris was named honorable mention all-conference.
Harris earned his degree in environmental science. He is the son of Steven and Gloria Harris.