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    Ben Limback

    Athletics

    Head Men's Basketball Coach

    Ben Limback Athletics

    Head Men's Basketball Coach

    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 fourth season as head coach at his alma mater in 2016-17. He also serves as Athletic Recruitment Coordinator.

    Under Limback, the Bulldogs have improved their win total each season, while producing records of 8-21, 16-15, 18-12 and 21-10 over the past four years. 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.

    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.

    Bulldogs Under Coach Limback


    2013-14: 8-21 Overall, 3-17 GPAC

    2014-15: 16-15 Overall, 9-11 GPAC

    2015-16: 18-12 Overall, 10-10 GPAC

    2016-17: 21-10 Overall, 10-8 GPAC

    Total:  63-58 Overall, 32-46 GPAC (4 years)

    Coaching Career
    2003 – 2012      Concordia University-Ann Arbor, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
    2000 – 2003      Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
    1999 – 2000      Concordia University-Nebraska, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

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    Lance Korell

    Athletics

    Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    Lance Korell Athletics

    Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    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). This past season, 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.

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    Tate Hilgenkamp

    Athletics

    Graduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    Tate Hilgenkamp Athletics

    Graduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    Hometown: Laramie, Wyo.
    Alma Mater: Black Hills State University 

    Tate Hilgenkamp finished his first season as graduate assistant coach on the Concordia men’s basketball staff in 2016-17. The season culminated with a 21-10 overall record for the Bulldogs.

    Hilgenkamp transitioned to Seward after completing his undergrad at Black Hills State University, where he earned a degree in exercise science and a minor in coaching. He served as a team captain at Black Hills State. In high school, Hilgenkamp garnered first team all-state honors twice. He was also an all-conference football player.

    Tate is pursuing a masters in athletic administration from Concordia. He  is the son of Dan and Jenny Hilgenkamp.

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    Phil Friedrich

    Alumni Council, Athletics

    Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    Phil Friedrich Alumni Council, Athletics

    Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

    Hometown: Seward, Neb.
    Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

    Friedrich finished his fourth season as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff in 2016-17. 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 63-58 overall.

    Phil lives in Lincoln, Neb.