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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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    Thomas Byrd

    Athletics

    Offensive Coordinator

    Thomas Byrd Athletics

    Offensive Coordinator

    Hometown: San Pablo, Calif.
    Alma Mater: Boise State University

    Thomas Byrd officially began his duties as offensive coordinator on the Concordia University football staff on Jan. 23, 2017. He also serves as position coach for the offensive line and as an instructor within health and human performance.

    Byrd tutored an offensive line in 2017 that helped Ryan Durdon break loose for 1,247 rushing yards. Center Matt Romero earned first team All-GPAC recognition and another three players earned honorable mention accolades. During the team's late four-game win streak, Concordia scored 35 points or more three times.

    Most recently, Byrd served as the offensive line coach at NCAA Division II New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., where he worked under head coach Jeff Mills. Prior to his two seasons at New Mexico Highlands, Byrd worked as an offensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, Boise State University, in Boise, Idaho. His other coaching stops have landed him at Arkansas State University (graduate assistant) and Contra Costa College (Calif.).

    Originally from San Pablo, Calif., Byrd started at center for four seasons at Boise State and helped the Broncos to a win over TCU in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. A first team all-conference performer, Byrd received recognition on the Rimington Trophy (top center in NCAA Division I FBS) and Rotary Lombardi Award (best lineman or linebacker in NCAA Division I FBS) watch lists in 2011. Byrd snapped footballs to quarterback Kellen Moore for two seasons. Moore was a Heisman finalist in 2010.

    Byrd first began his coaching career at Contra Costa, where he coached the offensive line and tight ends and tutored three first team all-conference linemen. In his next coaching endeavor, Byrd was part of a staff that led Arkansas State to a victory in the GoDaddy Bowl. In his one year as a grad assistant at Boise State, Byrd worked for current head coach Bryan Harsin. As part of the coaching staff for the 2013 Broncos, Byrd was again present for a Fiesta Bowl victory. That season Boise State won the Mount West Conference championship and then defeated Arizona in the Fiesta. While at Contra Costa, Byrd held additional duties as run game coordinator, director of strength and conditioning and scout team coordinator.

    Thomas and his wife Jamelia have a son Thomas Jr.

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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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    Tyson Powers

    Athletics

    Graduate Assistant Football Coach

    Tyson Powers Athletics

    Graduate Assistant Football Coach

    Hometown: Amboy, Illinois
    Alma Mater: Augustana College (Ill.) 

    Tyson Powers finished his first season as a graduate assistant coach at Concordia University in 2017. Powers works with the Bulldogs skill players. He graduated from Augustana College (Ill.) in May 2017 with a degree in arts in accounting.

    Powers played football for four years at NCAA Division III Augustana. The native of Amboy, Ill., is the son of Dean and Mandy Powers. He has a sister Mallory.

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    Reggie Corbin

    Athletics

    Assistant Coach - Quarterbacks

    Reggie Corbin Athletics

    Assistant Coach - Quarterbacks

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

    Reggie Corbin completed his seventh season on the Concordia University football staff in 2017. He shifted to quarterbacks coach in 2017 after previously serving as wide receivers coach. He also holds duties as junior varsity offensive coordinator. In 2012 and 2013, Corbin coached the Bulldog running backs.

    Corbin coached a dynamic group of 2015 receivers led by first team all-conference performer Jared Garcia, who caught 41 passes for 713 yards and eight touchdowns. First-year Bulldog Trae Owens reeled in 19 passes for 358 yards and six touchdowns.
    Prior to returning to his alma mater, Corbin served as defensive coordinator at Raymond Central High School in 2010. It was his second stint at Raymond Central having also coached on the staff from 2005-08. In 2009 he assisted at Maui High School.

    A Bulldog football player from 2002-05 and basketball player in 2004-05, Corbin also played one season for the Lincoln Haymakers in 2013.

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

    Reggie and his wife Anuhea have a daughter, Aeva, and son, Reggie III.

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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.

Trey Barnes - Running Backs

Karl Miller - Defensive Backs

Harold Pester - Defensive Line

Chris Shipley - Linebackers