Baseball Coaching Staff

Ryan Dupic

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Hometown: Emmetsburg, Iowa
Alma Mater: Buena Vista University

Formerly Buena Vista University's associate head coach/pitching coach, Ryan Dupic was named Concordia University head baseball coach on July 1, 2014. He completed his first season as head coach in 2015.

Dupic made an immediate positive impact, overseeing the program's first winning season since 1979. The 2015 Bulldogs went 26-18 overall and broke the school record for wins in a season and runs scored in a season. In addition, the pitching staff improved from 10th in the GPAC in ERA in 2014 to third in 2015, while also setting a new program single-season standard for strikeouts.

A native of Emmetsburg, Iowa, Dupic served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2007 to 2014. In his seven seasons working with Buena Vista head coach Steve Eddie, the Beavers 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 led the IIAC in ERA and strikeouts over his final six years at BV (2008-14). 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.

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Jake Waddle

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Hometown: Coon Rapids, Iowa
Alma Mater: Luther College

Jake Waddle completed his first season as Assistant Head Baseball Coach for Concordia University in 2014-15.

As hitting coach, Waddle helped lead an offensive attack that broke the program single-season record with 289 runs scored. With average of 6.6 runs per game, Concordia ranked third among GPAC teams. Behind its potent lineup, the Bulldogs set a new program standard for wins in a season with 26.

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.

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Nick Ginapp

Assistant Baseball Coach
Hometown: Marshalltown, Iowa
Alma Mater: Buena Vista College

Nick Ginapp concluded his first season as an assistant coach on the Concordia University baseball staff in 2014-15.

A native of Marshalltown, Iowa, Ginapp has several years of coaching experience at the collegiate level having served as an assistant baseball coach at Washburn University (2007-14) and Western Illinois (2006-07). Ginapp has helped mentor 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Year Travis Check of Western Illinois and MLB signee Brett Ash, one of the top pitchers in Washburn history. During his time at Washburn, Ginapp helped coach 37 total All-MIAA selections.

A four-year member of the baseball team at Buena Vista University, Ginapp earned Beaver Pitcher of the Year honors in 2005. He graduated from BVU with bachelor's degrees in exercise science and sport management. He received his master's of sport management from Western Illinois.

Nick and his wife Cassie have a daughter, Kenley, and son, Peyton.

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Bryce Berg

Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach
Hometown: Manning, Iowa
Alma Mater: Augustana College

Berg enters his first season as graduate assistant coach for Concordia University baseball in 2015-16.

The brother of current Bulldog Casey Berg, Bryce has coached for several different teams over the past few seasons. His resume includes stints with the Sioux Falls Cyclones 14U, Kuemper Catholic High School (assistant coach), Carroll Merchants Legion (assistant coach) and Carroll Classics Amateur Baseball (head coach).

As a collegian, Berg attended Iowa Central Community College before transferring and earning his degree in sport management from Augustana College. During a second team all-conference season at Augustana, Berg batted .392 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs. His successful college career followed a standout career at Kuemper Catholic, where he hit .480 with 64 RBIs and earned super team all-state recognition in 2011.

One of four Berg brothers, Bryce is engaged to Nicole Williams. He is pursuing his masters of athletic administration from Concordia University.

Joe Carey

Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.

Joe Carey completed his first season as a Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach for Concordia University in 2014-15.

Before arriving at Concordia, Carey coached in Overton, Neb., and in Maywood, Neb., and has also coached at Seward High School.

Carey has two sons, Ty and Shawn.

Brian Sams

Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach
Hometown: Avoca, Iowa
Alma Mater: Wayne State College

Sams comes to Concordia after coaching high school baseball for 16 years. After obtaining his bachelor of science degree in science education from Wayne State College, Sams went on to get his master’s degree in secondary science education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Sams and his wife, Dr. Trisha Ragland-Sams have four kids, Ben, Natalie, Lily and Brielle.