Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

Ben Limback


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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 first season as head coach at his alma mater in 2013-14. He also serves as Athletic Recruitment Coordinator.

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.

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

Coaching Career
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

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Marty Kohlwey


Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Marty-Kohlwey-IMG_0759-2.jpgHometown: Grafton, Wis.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Martin Kohlwey has resumed his role as the program's top assistant after serving as head coach for the 2012-13 season. Kohlwey has spent a total of nine seasons as a member of the Concordia men's basketball coaching staff.

An assistant coach for the Concordia men’s basketball team from 1999-2006 following one season as a Concordia women's basketball assistant, Kohlwey spent the previous five years as the director of student life at Concordia University, Nebraska.

During his six seasons as an assistant for the Concordia men, Kohlwey helped guide the Bulldogs to a combined record of 128-63 and three trips to the NAIA National Tournament. Kohlwey was part of the coaching staff that led Concordia to a national runner up finish and a record of 32-6 in 2005, a national quarterfinal finish in 2003 and a national round of 16 appearance in 2001.

Kohlwey began his collegiate coaching career in 1983-84 when he served as an assistant for Concordia University, Wisconsin. He then became the head boy's basketball coach at Rockford (Ill.) Lutheran High School (1984-1992, 1995-98), where he compiled a record of 182-110, including a mark of 132-43 over his final six seasons.

While at Lutheran High School, Kohlwey won four conference championships, three regional titles, one sectional championship, one super sectional title and made one Elite Eight appearance. He was named Illinois High School Athletic Association District 11 Coach of the Year three times and coached two eventual NCAA Division I athletes.

In addition to his coaching career, Kohlwey also played for the Bulldogs from 1979-83. He was co-captain of the 1982-83 team and collected Nebraska College All-Star honors. Following his collegiate playing career, Kohlwey was invited to try out for the CBA Rockford Lightning, a professional basketball team.

He holds his bachelor’s from Concordia University, Nebraska, in theology and physical education. He also went on to earn his master’s in family life education and ministry in 1998 from Concordia University, Nebraska.

He and his wife Sue have three children: Stephanie, Kirsten and Micah.


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Lance Korell


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Hometown: Eaton, Colo.
Alma Mater: Regis University

Lance Korell enters his first season as Concordia University graduate assistant men’s basketball coach in 2014-15. Korell comes to 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 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.

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Phil Friedrich


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

Friedrich finished his first season as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff in 2013-14. 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.