2013-2014 Men's Basketball

8-21 Overall, 3-17 GPAC - Season Stats

NOVEMBER

York College Tip Off Classic (Nov. 1-2)
Nov. 1 (24) York College Webcast Scheduled York, Neb. L, 79-86
Nov. 2 (19) Bellevue University Webcast Scheduled York, Neb. L, 76-93
Cattle Classic: Nov. 8-9 (also view Cattle Classic page for more tournament info):
Nov. 8 Jamestown (N.D.) vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan  Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. 3 p.m.
Nov. 8 (18) Culver-Stockton (Mo.)  Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. L, 82-102
Nov. 9 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) vs. Jamestown (N.D.)  Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. 2 p.m.
Nov. 9 (13) Oklahoma Wesleyan  Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb W, 85-76
Nov. 12 Grace University Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. W, 87-72
Nov. 16 * Morningside College Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. L, 67-85
Nov. 23 * Briar Cliff University Webcast Scheduled Sioux City, Iowa L, 61-103
Nov. 26 * (23) Hastings College Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. L, 71-78

DECEMBER

Dec. 4 * Doane College Webcast Scheduled Crete, Neb. W, 86-81
Dec. 7 * (12) Dordt College Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. L, 70-93
Dec. 11 * Nebraska Wesleyan University Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. L, 57-83
Dec. 14 * Mount Marty College Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. W, 81-67
Dec. 20 * Dakota Wesleyan University Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. L, 56-88
Dec. 28 (19) St. Gregory's University (Okla.) Shawnee, Okla. L, 64-69
Dec. 30 Kansas Wesleyan University Webcast Scheduled Salina, Kan. W, 75-72

JANUARY

Jan. 4 * (11) Dordt College Webcast Scheduled Sioux Center, Iowa L, 61-69
Jan. 8 * (8) Midland University Webcast Scheduled Fremont, Neb. L, 45-70
Jan. 11 * Northwestern College Webcast Scheduled Orange City, Iowa L, 56-60
Jan. 18  * Briar Cliff University Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb.  L, 85-91
Jan. 22 * (15) Hastings College Webcast Scheduled Hastings, Neb. L, 66-71
Concordia Invitational Tournament:  Jan. 24-25
(view the CIT pages at CUNE for more information)
Jan. 24 Concordia-Ann Arbor Webcast Scheduled Mequon, Wis. W, 73-61
Jan. 25 CU-Wisconsin (CIT Title) Webcast Scheduled Mequon, Wis. W, 68-64
Jan. 29 * Doane College Webcast Scheduled Seward, Neb. L, 77-82

FEBRUARY

Feb. 1 * Mount Marty College Webcast Scheduled Yankton, S.D. L, 55-56
Feb. 5 * Nebraska Wesleyan University Webcast Scheduled Lincoln, Neb. L, 70-76
Feb. 8 * Dakota Wesleyan University Mitchell, S.D. L, 70-78
Feb. 12 * (8) Midland University Webcast Scheduled (Red Out) Seward, Neb.  L, 55-82
Feb. 15 * Northwestern College Webcast Scheduled (Senior Day/Fan Appreciation) Seward, Neb. W, 95-75
Feb. 22 * (18) Morningside College Webcast Scheduled Sioux City, Iowa L, 64-87
GPAC Tournament: Feb. 26, March 1, 4
Feb. 26 GPAC Quarterfinals TBA
TBA
March 1 GPAC Semifinals
TBA
TBA
March 4 GPAC Championship
TBA
TBA

MARCH

NAIA National Tournament: March 12-18
March 12-18 TBA Point Lookout, Mo. TBA

2013-14 Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown Previous School
10 Adam Vogt 5-9  Sr.  Syracuse, Neb. Syracuse 
12  Robby Thomas F 6-7 So. Shawnee, Kan. Maranatha Academy
14 Eli Ziegler G 6-0 Fr. Littleton, Colo. Heritage
20 Seth Curran G 6-0 Fr. Omaha, Neb. Omaha Burke
22 Joel Haywood G 6-4 Jr. Lakewood, Colo. Denver Lutheran
23 Aaron Walker F 6-3 Fr. Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln Southeast
24 Isaiah Bockelman G 5-11 Jr. Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln Lutheran
30 Micah Kohlwey G 6-3 So. Seward, Neb. NE Wesleyan Univ. / Seward
32 Max Wegener F 6-9 So. Wildwood, Mo. Eureka
34 Deondre White 6-2 So. Lincoln, Neb. Wayne State College / Lincoln
40 Matthew Goedeken F 6-4 Fr. Dodge City, Kan. Dodge City
42 Daniel Grundmeier G 6-0 Jr. Glendale, Ariz. Phoenix Christian
44 Chandler Folkerts C 6-8 Fr. Milford, Neb. Milford
50 Justin Damme C 6-10 Fr. Cook, Neb. Johnson County Central
52 Stephen Llewellyn C 6-5 Fr.  Oakley, Kan.
Oakley

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Ben Limback

Assistant Coaches: Martin Kohlwey and Phil Friedrich

Graduate Assistant: Dustin Weber

Limback tabbed to lead Concordia men's basketball program

12 MAR 2014

SEWARD, Neb. – Ben Limback will return to his alma mater as Concordia’s head men’s basketball coach, the university announced Tuesday. Limback, formerly the head coach at Concordia University-Ann Arbor, steps into the role that Marty Kohlwey held during the 2012-13 season. Kohlwey will resume his position as the program’s top assistant.

“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 emerged as the top candidate among a field of applicants of more than 100.

“I am ecstatic to welcome Ben back to the Bulldog family,” Director of Athletics Devin Smith said. “He is a proven winner with a track record of building and maintaining a highly competitive NAIA men’s basketball program. In addition, his familiarity with the GPAC and with our university and its Christ-centered foundation combine to make him the ideal choice to return Bulldog men’s basketball to excellence.”

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.

Since 1991, Bulldog men’s basketball has appeared in the national tournament nine times, including a runner up finish in 2005 and an appearance in the semifinals in 1992 at the NAIA Division II National Championships. Since becoming a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference beginning with the 2000-01 season, Concordia has produced a league mark of better than .500 in seven seasons.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.

Limback's excited to join Bulldog family

4 APR 2013

New Concordia head men’s basketball coach Ben Limback jumped at the chance to return to the place he graduated from in 1999. Officially named head coach of the Bulldogs on March 12, Limback got started recruiting immediately and began his first day on campus on March 25.

“Having the opportunity to reconnect with a lot of familiar faces – faculty, players, former students that I went to school with – it’s been exciting,” Limback said. “Just to be back on campus has been great. A lot of things have changed. It’s been an amazing week-and-a-half so far to be able to reconnect with the Bulldog family.”

Limback, the 1998-99 Nebraska-Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a Bulldog, coached for nine seasons at Concordia-Ann Arbor. He enjoyed leading the Cardinals during a nine-year run as head coach, but is ecstatic to be back in Seward.

“This is something even when I graduated here, you always dream about coaching again at your alma mater,” Limback said. “The thing that excited me most was that the experience I had here as a student-athlete was awesome. To now come back and be part of that again but from the other side as a coach, that’s really what excited me most.”

The Cedar Falls, Iowa, native is now tasked with restoring the winning tradition of Bulldog men’s basketball while maintaining the program’s Christ-centered foundation. With the graduation of five seniors who logged heavy minutes this past season, Limback has his sights set on nailing down a 2013 recruiting class long on numbers and talent.

Limback says the response in recruiting has been excellent since he took over. However, there are obstacles in trying to find gems this late in the process.

“The challenge now is that a lot of the recruits have narrowed down their lists or they’ve made their decisions,” Limback said. “So we’ve had to contact coaches, and Coach (Marty) Kohlwey and Coach (Dustin) Weber have done a great job of building a list of recruits. Joining the staff last week, we were behind because the head coach (position) was vacant.

“We’ve definitely made some progress. We’ve had a couple commitments already.”

The former Omaha World-Herald Nebraska Player of the Year has adapted his coaching methods in part through his many influences in the profession. He credits his college coach Grant Schmidt as well as Concordia Director of Athletics Devin Smith, Evansville University head coach Marty Simmons (whom Limback worked under at SIU-Edwardsville) and University of Michigan head coach John Beilein, among others, with helping to shape him as a coach.

These experiences have taught Limback life lessons beyond basketball and helped strengthen his faith. Through it all, he has learned how to run a program and become well-versed on what values to instill in his players and what strategies to employ on the court.

“We’re a team, we’re a family,” Limback said. “I really emphasize that with the guys. Everything we do, I want them to be thinking about how they can make the team better. That starts everything. Offense, defense – we’re always together.”

Schematically, Limback wants to push the ball up the floor into a scoring position quickly and play tough man-to-man defensively. In the half-court, Concordia figures to run a motion offense borrowing some of the tenets of what he learned under Simmons.

“We’re going to push. We’re going to be up-tempo,” Limback said. “It doesn’t matter if we shoot with five seconds on the shot clock or if we still have 30 seconds left on the shot clock. I just want to get a high-percentage shot.”

For now, Limback tries to fit these pieces together as his family rides out the rest of the school year in Ann Arbor. His wife Kelley and his four children – Leighton, Malachi, Kennedy and Emerson – will soon join him in the Seward community and as part of the Bulldog family.

“We’re all excited about the opportunity,” Limback said. “We’re a basketball family. My wife comes from a coaching background so she understands the importance of why I’m here the first couple weeks and they have to finish there.

“It’s challenging. Not being around your family is difficult, but that’s why it’s so awesome to have the Bulldog family here to interact with them.”