Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
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 second season as head coach at his alma mater in 2014-15. He also serves as Athletic Recruitment Coordinator.
The 2014-15 Bulldogs laid the groundwork for future success by posting the program's first winning season since 2010-11. Concordia went 16-15 overall with season-highlighting road wins over No. 3 Northwood University and No. 12 Midland. Under Limback's direction, post Chandler Folkerts blossomed into an all-conference performer.
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 has 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. Limback then guided the Bulldogs to a CIT title in 2014, making him the first coach in tournament 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
Total: 24-36 Overall, 12-28 GPAC (2 years)
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
Contact Coach Limback
- 402-643-7310 (office) • Benjamin.Limback@cune.edu
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.
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 has been named a National Jesuit College Academic All-American and a Junior College Distinguished Academic All-American.
Korell is pursuing his master’s in secondary education administration from Concordia.
Contact Coach Korell
Hometown: Seward, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Friedrich finished his second season as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff in 2014-15. 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.
Phil lives in Lincoln, Neb.