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    Patrick Daberkow

    Athletics

    Head Football Coach

    Patrick Daberkow Athletics

    Head Football Coach

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

    The 2017 season marked Patrick Daberkow's 11th on the Concordia football staff and first as head coach. He spent three seasons as the secondary coach and then seven years as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. Daberkow was officially promoted to the role of head football coach on Dec. 9, 2016.

    The first season of Daberkow's head coaching tenure was highlighted by a homecoming victory over then seventh-ranked Doane and a late four-game win streak. The Bulldogs made one appearance in the national poll and finished 6-4 overall. Their third-place league finish was their best since 2002.

    Between 2013 and 2015, Daberkow coordinated two defenses that finished in the top five of the nation in terms of yards allowed per game. Led by GPAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American safety Darnell Woods, the 2013 Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in pass defense (134.7), No. 5 in total defense (285.5) and No. 5 in scoring defense (17.3). Then in 2015, Concordia put together another dominant defense behind second team All-American Trey Barnes. Among all NAIA teams, Concordia ranked third in pass defense (144.0), fourth in total defense (279.6), fifth in pass efficiency defense (96.7) and 13th in scoring defense (18.7). The 2016 unit wasn't far off, finishing 17th in total defense (328.4).

    In Daberkow's seven years as defensive coordinator, Concordia produced a total of 29 first or second team defensive selections. Woods became the school's first ever GPAC Defensive Player of the Year. Prior to 2013, Daberkow also served as defensive backs coach. The 2010 team ranked 12th in the NAIA in pass defense.

    Daberkow earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia in 2007 and his master's in education from Concordia in 2010. He lettered all four years as a defensive back for the Bulldogs. He was a team captain in 2006 and was named 2003 team Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

    Daberkow is a native of Madison, Neb. He resides in Seward with his wife, Emly, and their two daughters, Kinley and Brynn, and son, Roman.

    Bulldogs Under Coach Daberkow


    2017: 6-4 Overall, 5-3 GPAC

    Total:  6-4 Overall, 5-3 GPAC (1 year)

     

     

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    Corby Osten

    Athletics

    Defensive Coordinator

    Corby Osten Athletics

    Defensive Coordinator

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

    Corby Osten finished his 10th season as an assistant coach with the Concordia University football program in 2017. Following the 2016 campaign, Osten received a promotion to the position of defensive coordinator on head coach Patrick Daberkow's staff. A native of Columbus, Neb., Osten continues to also coach the defensive line.

    Osten's first year as defensive coordinator yielded three first team All-GPAC selections in defensive backs D'Mauria Martin and Tarence Roby and linebacker Lane Napier. The defense ranked in the top 20 nationally in scoring and pass efficiency.

    As defensive line coach, Osten has overseen the development of all-conference performers such as Trey Barnes, Dylan Heithoff, Kyle Rakow and Erik Small in recent seasons. Barnes earned second team All-America recognition in 2015 while leading the nation's fourth-ranked defense (279.6 yards allowed per game). Barnes then moved up to first team All-America recognition the following season. Barnes and Heithoff were both first team all-conference selections.

    Osten led a Concordia special teams unit that ranked among the nation's best in 2012. The Bulldogs' Derek Blessing led the NAIA with 388 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns and kicker Kenny Zoeller racked up the second most field goals nationally with 15. As a team, Concordia ranked fourth in the NAIA in average yards per punt return (16.6) and 11th in average yards per kick return (22.9). Adam Meirose replaced Zoeller in 2013 and twice earned all-conference accolades, giving Concordia a first or second team all-league kicker for three-straight seasons.

    As a player, Osten was a three-year letter winner on the Bulldog football team. Osten helped the Bulldogs to the 2001 GPAC Championship. Concordia advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs during the 2001 campaign. 

    Osten was defensive coordinator and junior varsity head coach at Lutheran South Academy (Houston, Texas) from 2004-07. Osten also spent one year as defensive coordinator at Lincoln Lutheran in 2008. 

    Osten attended Concordia University from 1999-2003. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with endorsements in theology and physical education. Corby resides in Seward with his wife Amanda and daughter Isla.

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    Reggie Corbin

    Athletics

    Assistant Football Coach - Pass Game Coordinator

    Reggie Corbin Athletics

    Assistant Football Coach - Pass Game Coordinator

    Hometown: Beaumont, Texas 
    Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

    Reggie Corbin completed his seventh season on the Concordia University football staff in 2017. He was promoted to a full-time role prior to the start of the 2018 season. His title is now assistant football coach (pass game coordinator/quarterbacks coach).

    During Corbin’s seven years as an assistant at Concordia, he has coached quarterbacks, running backs and receivers at various times. He has worked with recent Bulldog stars such as Trey Barnes, Bryce Collins and Jared Garcia. An all-time great receiver, Garcia owns program career records for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Collins finished his career ranked No. 2 in school history in rushing yards. Meanwhile, Barnes wound up becoming an All-American on the defensive side of the ball.

    Corbin has also coached at the high school level, making stops at Raymond Central High School (2005-08 and 2010) as defensive coordinator and position coach and Maui High School (2009-10) as quarterbacks coach. He has also worked camps at the University of Nebraska and at the University of Wyoming. Corbin’s career has also included work as an adjunct professor at Concordia (2015-17).

    A two-sport athlete, Corbin played for head coach Courtney Meyer’s football squads from 2002-05 and for head coach Grant Schmidt’s basketball teams from 2004-07. Corbin was a member of the 2004-05 men’s basketball team that holds the school record for wins in a season (32) and advanced to the NAIA Division II national championship game. In his final season on the gridiron, Corbin passed for six touchdowns and ran for six more.

    Corbin graduated from Concordia with a bachelor of arts degree in exercise science with a coaching endorsement. He earned a master’s in public health from Concordia and a masters in coaching education from Ohio University (May 2015).

    Reggie and his wife Anuhea reside in Seward with their children Aeva, Reggie III and Overton.

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    Wes Coomes

    Athletics

    Head Junior Varsity Coach/Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator

    Wes Coomes Athletics

    Head Junior Varsity Coach/Special Teams/Recruiting Coordinator

    Hometown: Phillipsburg, Kan.
    Alma Mater: Ottawa University


    Following two years as a graduate assistant, Wes Coomes was promoted to a full-time assistant coach on Feb. 13, 2017. Coomes serves as the head junior varsity coach, special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach.

    Coomes worked with a Bulldog defensive backfield that ranked No. 3 in the NAIA in 2015 in terms of passing yards per game (144.0). Concordia also ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency defense (96.7), led by first team all-conference performer Tarence Roby. The 2016 defense allowed only 182.6 passing yards per game. In his first season (2017) overseeing special teams, Concordia posted national rankings of fifth in kick return yards per attempt (24.1) and 27th in punt return yards per attempt (10.4).

    A graduate of Ottawa University, a member of the NAIA’s Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, Coomes earned his degree in sports administration after transferring from Dodge City Community College in Kansas. The Phllipsburg, Kan., native twice earned all-conference recognition at Ottawa and led the Braves to a pair of NAIA playoff appearances.

    Coomes served as a volunteer assistant coach at Phillpsburg High School (Kan.) for 2014-15. He earned his master’s in sports administration from Concordia.

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    Ron Jackson Jr.

    Athletics

    Graduate Assistant Football Coach

    Ron Jackson Jr. Athletics

    Graduate Assistant Football Coach

    Hometown: Houston, Texas
    Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

    Ron Jackson Jr. completed his first season as a graduate assistant football coach in 2017. The Concordia alum serves as a defensive line coach. The unit produced second team all-conference honoree Erik Small this past season.

    A native of Houston, Texas, Jackson earned second team All-GPAC accolades in 2016 after being named honorable mention all-conference in 2015. Also an Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska choice in 2016, Jackson recorded 105 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, during his four years as a nose guard at Concordia. Jackson helped the 2016 squad to a 7-3 overall record and No. 19 ranking in the final national poll.

    Jackson graduated from Concordia with his degree in business administration. He is the son of Ronald Jackson Sr. and Danelle Sampia.

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    Courtney Meyer

    Athletics

    Assistant Coach - Kickers / Punters/ Long Snappers

    Courtney Meyer Athletics

    Assistant Coach - Kickers / Punters/ Long Snappers

    Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

    Courtney Meyer continues to serve Concordia football as an assistant coach following a 19-year run as Bulldog head coach from 1990 to 2008. Meyer retired his position as head coach with a record of 70-115-1, making him the program's all-time winningest coach in terms of number of victories.

    Meyer's best season at the helm of Bulldog football came in 2001 when Concordia set a school record for wins with a 10-2 campaign that included a GPAC co-championship and berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Bulldogs defeated St. Ambrose (Iowa) 31-26 in the first round before being bounced, 34-10, in the quarterfinals by Sioux Falls (S.D.).

    In his current role coaching kickers and punters, Meyer helped 2013 graduate Kenny Zoeller develop into an All-American in 2012. Zoeller made 15 of 20 field goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra point tries in 2012. Zoeller's replacement, Adam Meirose, received second team all-conference laurels in 2013 and first team accolades as a junior in 2014.

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    Von Thomas

    Athletics, Student Affairs

    Multicultural Program Specialist and Assistant Director of Student Life

    Von Thomas Athletics, Student Affairs

    Multicultural Program Specialist and Assistant Director of Student Life

    Hometown: Miami, Fla.
    Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

    Von Thomas finished his first season as an assistant football coach in 2017. Thomas returned to his alma mater as Multicultural Program Specialist and Assistant Director of Student Life. He coaches running backs on Patrick Daberkow's staff.

    Thomas enjoyed a record-setting career on the gridiron. The Miami, Fla., native piled up program career records of 7,260 total yards of offense and 65 total touchdowns while starting at quarterback in each of his final three seasons. He also left Concordia with school single-season records for touchdown passes (21), total offense (2,508), completions (197), passing attempts (334) and completion percentage (59.0). He owns additional career program standards for passing touchdowns (49), completions (510), pass attempts and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,598).

    Thomas led the 2013 team to a 6-0 start and No. 14 national ranking. That year's squad finished with a 7-4 overall record.

    Von and his wife Daisha live in Seward. Daisha works at Concordia as an admission counselor.

Karl Miller - Defensive Backs

Harold Pester - Defensive Line

Chris Shipley - Linebackers

Sam Brauer - Wide Receivers

Kyle Rakow - Offensive Line

D'Mauria Martin - Defensive Backs