Ben Limback, Head Coach
Ben Limback was officially named head men's basketball coach at Concordia University on March 12, 2013. Limback returns to his alma mater and will begin his first season as head coach in 2013-14. He also serves as Athletic Recruitment Coordinator.
“I feel truly blessed to be back at the university that gave me so much as a student-athlete,” Limback said. “The only thing better than sharing a history with a place like Concordia is being a part of its exciting future. I look forward to working with the current team, welcoming new Bulldogs and reconnecting with alumni.”
Limback, a 1999 Concordia graduate and native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, brings nearly a decade of NAIA head coaching experience having spent nine years as the head coach at CU-Ann Arbor. Limback, who has also served as the school’s director of admissions since 2010 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.
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
Martin Kohlwey, Assistant Coach
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 eight 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.
Contact Coach Kohlwey
- 402-643-7412 (office) • Martin.Kohlwey@cune.edu
Dustin Weber, Graduate Assistant Coach
Dustin Weber began serving as a graduate assistant men’s basketball coach at Concordia University in 2011-12.
Weber, a native of Pierce, Nebraska, was a four-year letter winner for the Bulldog basketball team during his undergraduate career. He earned his bachelor’s degree in fitness studies and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in education.
During his Concordia basketball career, Weber was an All-GPAC honorable mention selection, and he earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors during his senior year.
Following graduation, Dustin spent one year as an assistant coach at Pierce High School in Pierce, Nebraska. Working under the direction of head coach Mike Emory, Weber helped the Bluejays to a 16-7 record during the 2010-11 season.
Dustin resides in Seward with his wife, Sarah.
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Brett Muller, Assistant Coach
Muller enters his first season as a men’s basketball assistant. His primary focus will be with the junior varsity team.
Muller, also Concordia’s men’s and women’s golf head coach, served as an assistant coach for Bulldog women’s basketball for five seasons from 2004 to 2009. During that time, Concordia advanced to the National Tournament three times and the NAIA Fab Four one time.
Muller got his collegiate career started at Morningside College from 2001-04. He played basketball for two years and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll at Morningside. Muller then transferred to Concordia where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Performance in 2006.
As a prep at Milford High School, Muller lettered three times as a member of the basketball team. In his senior year, Milford went 22-3 and reached the state semifinals.
Brett and his wife Heather reside in Milford with their daughter Braelynn.
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Tyler Knobbe, Student Manager
Knobbe, a freshman at Concordia, is in his first season as student manager.