Hometown: Emmetsburg, Iowa
Formerly Buena Vista University's associate head coach/pitching coach, Ryan Dupic was named Concordia University head baseball coach on July 1, 2014.
“I’m very excited to join the Concordia University family,” Dupic said. “My wife and I were very impressed by the university’s strong commitment to the spiritual, academic and athletic growth of each student-athlete. We are committed to being a part of that collective vision. It has always been a goal of mine to be a head coach, and I’m thrilled to have that opportunity at Concordia. I believe the baseball program has many things in place that point to a great future, which is a testament to the university, the athletic department and the coaches who have committed their time and effort to Concordia baseball. I feel fortunate to build upon that foundation and I’m excited to accomplish special things with the baseball program.”
A native of Emmetsburg, Iowa, Dupic has served as an assistant coach at his alma mater since 2007. In his seven seasons working with Buena Vista head coach Steve Eddie, the Beavers have 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 lead the IIAC in ERA and strikeouts over the past six years. 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 is married to Abby.
- 402-643-7347 (office) • Ryan.Dupic@cune.edu
Jake Waddle enters his first season as Assistant Head Baseball Coach for Concordia University in 2014.
Prior to arriving in Seward, Waddle spent several years coaching in eastern Iowa, most recently serving as assistant baseball coach/summer sports camps director at Coe College (2013-14) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
While at Coe, Waddle filled the roles of recruiting coordinator, head junior varsity coach, hitting coach and worked with the catchers. He also handled event administration and registration and organization of Coe summer sports camps.
In addition to his one season spent at Coe, Waddle worked for three years as an assistant coach (hitting coach and catching/outfield coach) at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. During that same time, he also served an assistant role for John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. The 2010 Cougar squad captured the Iowa Class 4A state championship. Waddle coached hitting and catchers and called pitches for Kennedy.
Before moving on to a coaching career, Waddle shined on the diamond at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. As a member of the Norse, the native of Coon Rapids, Iowa, won two Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference batting titles and earned all-conference three times and all-region twice. He spent his summers playing in the Northwoods Summer Collegiate Baseball League. Waddle also lettered all four years in basketball at Luther.
Waddle earned his bachelor of arts degree in business management from Luther in 2009. He picked up a master of business administration from the University of Dubuque in 2013.
Jake is engaged to Hillary.
- 402-643-7404 • Jacob.Waddle@cune.edu
John Couch completed his fourth season as assistant coach for the Concordia University baseball team in 2014.
The native of Santa Fe, Texas, graduated from Concordia in 2010 with a degree in Business Administration. Couch was a four-year letter winner as a pitcher on the Bulldog baseball team. He was a team captain from 2008-10.
Couch also spent one year as head coach of the Santa Fe Indians. He led the Indians to an impressive 20-4 record during the 2009-10 season.