Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Ben Limback was officially named head men's basketball coach at Concordia University on March 12, 2013. Limback completed his fifth season as head coach at his alma mater in 2017-18. He also serves as Athletic Recruitment Coordinator.
Under Limback, the Bulldogs improved their win total each season from 2013-17, while producing records of 8-21, 16-15, 18-12 and 21-10, respectively. Led by second team All-American Chandler Folkerts, the 2016-17 team broke the school single-season record for scoring average (88.7) and finished with the program's most wins since the 2004-05 campaign. The 2016-17 squad also toppled five nationally-ranked teams and captured the CIT championship. It was the third CIT title at CUNE for Limback. The 2017-18 Bulldogs went 17-13 overall behind second team All-GPAC performers Jake Hornick and Clay Reimers.
Limback, a 1999 Concordia graduate and native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, spent nine years as the head coach at CU-Ann Arbor prior to taking over in Seward. Limback, who also served as the school’s director of admissions from 2010-12 and its athletics director from 2009-2011, is the Cardinals’ all-time winningest men’s basketball head coach with 115 victories.
He earned Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and was recognized as the WHAC Champions of Character Coach by the NAIA in both 2009 and 2010. In 2007, Limback led CU-Ann Arbor to its first-ever Concordia Invitational Tournament title. In 2014 Limback became the first coach in CIT history to win championships at two different schools.
Prior to becoming CU-Ann Arbor’s head coach, Limback filled the role of assistant coach for three seasons from 2000-2003 at NCAA Division II Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill., where he was tutored by current NCAA Division I Evansville University head coach Marty Simmons. That coaching stop was preceded by a one-year stint with Concordia-Nebraska for the 1999-2000 season under 23-year head coach Grant Schmidt.
From 1995-99, Limback donned the Bulldog jersey as a player for Coach Schmidt. As a senior during the 1998-99 season, he earned Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was named the Nebraska State College Player of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald. In addition, he twice received both NAIA honorable mention All-America (1998 and 1999) and NAIA Academic All-America (1998 and 1999) accolades. He was a member of Bulldog teams that advanced to the national tournament on three separate occasions.
Upon graduation from Concordia, Limback received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and physical education. He went on to earn his Master of Science degree in kinesiology from SIU-Edwardsville in 2002.
Limback and his wife Kelley have four children: Leighton, Malachi, Kennedy and Emerson.
Hometown: Eaton, Colo. Alma Mater: Regis University
Lance Korell spent one season as Concordia University graduate assistant men’s basketball coach in 2014-15. On May 5, 2015, he was promoted to the role of full-time assistant. Korell arrived at Concordia after having coached boy’s basketball at Deer Trail High School in Colorado during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
In his first season as full-time assistant, the 2015-16 Bulldogs elevated their record to 18-12 while averaging 85.8 points per game (third most in program history). Then in 2016-17, the Bulldogs went 21-10 overall (most wins for the program since 2004-05) and broke the school record for single-season scoring average (88.7). Concordia has posted above .500 records each season Korell has spent on the bench.
A native of Eaton, Colo., Korell spent one season as an assistant and one as a head coach at Deer Trail. He led the team to a 16-7 record and a regional postseason berth in his final season.
Korell graduated in 2012 from Regis University (Colo.), where he was a member of the Ranger basketball team. Korell earned his bachelor’s of science in mathematics and a minor in education. Prior to attending Regis, Korell went to Eastern Wyoming College for two years.
A two-year captain during his collegiate playing career, Korell was named a National Jesuit College Academic All-American and a Junior College Distinguished Academic All-American.
Korell earned his master’s in secondary education administration from Concordia. He is married to current Concordia women's basketball assistant coach Tae'lor Purdy-Korell.
Hometown: Seward, Neb. Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Friedrich finished his fifth season as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff in 2017-18. The Seward native graduated from Concordia in May 2013 with his degree in business administration (finance emphasis).
Friedrich was a four-year member of the Bulldog men's basketball program from 2009-13. As a senior, he played in 26 games while making three starts. He has been a member of Limback's staff since the beginning. During that time, Concordia has gone a combined 80-71 overall.
Phil, who lives in Lincoln, Neb., also works as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual.