Hometown: Miller, S.D.
Alma Mater: Dakota State University
Vance Winter completed his sixth season as head football coach at Concordia University in 2014. He was named to his current post in December of 2008. He owns a career record of 28-37 overall and 22-34 in GPAC action in his six seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Since his promotion to head coach, Winter has progressively built up the program into a playoff contender. In 2013 the Bulldogs began the season at 6-0 and rose as high as No. 14 in the national rankings. Concordia finished 7-4, marking the program's first winning season since 2001. The Bulldogs also appeared among teams receiving votes early in the 2014 campaign.
Over a 20-game period from the middle of 2012 through 2014, Winter guided Bulldog football to a record of 13-7. Included in that stretch was a momentum-building upset of No. 11 Northwestern on Oct. 13, 2012. Then on Oct. 12, 2013, the Bulldogs took down No. 22 Nebraska Wesleyan, 19-3, in the NAIA Game of the Week. Concordia completed 2013 with a record of 3-1 against its GPAC Nebraska rivals. The Bulldogs then defeated two ranked teams in 2014 - No. 15 Sterling College and No. 24 Dakota Wesleyan.
Winter has surrounded himself with a top-notch coaching staff. He brought in offensive coordinator Curran White prior to the the 2012 season and in less than three years, the offense broke a program record for total yards per game in a season. On the other side of the ball, coordinator Patrick Daberkow has helped make the defense one of the NAIA's best.
While also serving as quarterbacks coach, Winter oversaw record-breaking quarterback Von Thomas. The senior signal caller piled up 6,988 yards of total offense over the past three seasons. Thomas finished his career with program single-season records for passing touchdowns (21), total offense (2,508), completions (197), passing attempts (334) and completion percentage (59.0). He owns program career records for total offense (7,260), total touchdowns (65), passing touchdowns (49), completions (510) and pass attempts (960).
Winter is the ninth head coach in the university's 90-plus years football history. He was promoted from within, having served previously on the Bulldog staff for two years as the defensive coordinator and two years as the linebackers' coach.
During his coaching career, Winter has made stops at Peru State College (defensive coordinator, linebackers 2004-05), Wayne State College (linebackers 2002-04), and Dakota State University (running backs 2000-01).
Winter was a four-year letter winner while playing middle linebacker for Dakota State University. A team captain in 1999, Winter was a two-time honorable mention all-conference linebacker for the Trojans and the team's leading tackler in 1998 and 1999.
Winter earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Dakota State University in 2002 and a master's degree in sport management from Wayne State in 2004. Winter lives in Seward, Neb., with his wife Tanya, son Jackson and daughter Clara.
Bulldogs Under Coach Winter
2009: 3-7 Overall, 3-7 GPAC
2010: 4-7 Overall, 3-7 GPAC
2011: 4-7 Overall, 3-6 GPAC
2012: 5-6 Overall, 4-5 GPAC
2013: 7-4 Overall, 5-4 GPAC
2014: 5-6 Overall, 4-5 GPAC
Total: 28-37 Overall, 22-34 GPAC
Contact Coach Winter
- 402-643-7349 (office) • Vance.Winter@cune.edu
Alma Mater: Wayne State College
Under White's direction, the offense has steadily improved. The Bulldog attack went from an average of 16.7 points per game and 249.5 yards per game in 2011 (pior to White's arrival) to 24.0 points and 306.5 yards per contest in 2012. In 2013 Concordia made another leap, averaging 26.4 points and 360.0 yards per game. Then in 2014, the Bulldogs broke a program record for total yards by averaging 401.6. They also boosted their scoring average to 28.9.
Under White's tutelage, playmaking quarterback Von Thomas blossomed. The senior signal caller piled up 6,988 yards of total offense over the past three seasons. Thomas finished his career with program single-season records for passing touchdowns (21), total offense (2,508), completions (197), passing attempts (334) and completion percentage (59.0). He owns program career records for total offense (7,260), total touchdowns (65), passing touchdowns (49), completions (510) and pass attempts (960).
In addition, freshman receiver Jared Garcia broke the school single-season record for receiving touchdowns with 11 in 2014. Sophomore running back Bryce Collins concluded the campaign with 1,016 rushing yards, making him the fifth ball carrier in program annals to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season.
White came to Concordia after spending seven seasons as the offensive line coach/run game coordinator at Missouri Valley College (MVC). Prior to that, coach White spent four seasons at Wayne State College, first as graduate assistant (2001-02), then as an assistant coach (2003-05).
In addition to coach White’s on-field responsibilities at MVC, he served as the Vikings recruiting coordinator. During his tenure with MVC, White helped lead the Vikings to a combined 60-20 record and two Heart of America Athletic Conference championships. MVC qualified for the NAIA postseason four times, including two trips to the NAIA National Semifinals. In 2011, coach White’s rushing attack averaged 224 yards per game.
Coach White’s history of developing players includes seven MVC linemen who earned First Team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference selections between 2006 and 2011.
Winter and White first met on the coaching staff at Wayne State in 2002. At the time, Winter was the linebackers coach, while White worked with receivers and offensive line.
White earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayne State in 2001 in business administration and finance. He went on to earn his master’s in sports management at Wayne State in 2004. During his playing days, White was a two-year starter at Wayne State after transferring from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1998. White started 22-games in two years at center for Wayne State, earning All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Honorable Mention and Academic All-Conference in 1999.
Curran and his wife, Jodi, reside in Seward with their four children.
Curran White’s Coaching Career
2012-- Concordia, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
2005-11 Missouri Valley College, Offensive Line Coach/Run Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
2003-05 Wayne State, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
2001-02 Wayne State, Graduate Assistant
Contact Coach White
- 402-643-7199 (office) • Curran.White@cune.edu
Hometown: Madison, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Patrick Daberkow completed his his eighth year with the Bulldogs in 2014. He spent three seasons as the secondary coach and has spent five years as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. Daberkow is also the football program's recruiting coordinator and works with the linebackers.
The 2013 Concordia defense reached impressive heights under Daberkow's direction. 2013 GPAC Defensive Player of the Year Darnell Woods led a unit that ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in pass defense (134.7), No. 5 in total defense (285.5) and No. 5 in scoring defense (17.3). Woods joined defensive lineman Dylan Heithoff and Linebacker Langston Jones with first team all-GPAC honors. Safety Tait Sibbel received second team recognition.
In Daberkow's four years as defensive coordinator, Concordia has produced a total of 15 first or second team defensive selections. Woods became the school's first ever GPAC Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2012, the Concordia defense limited opponents to 22.6 points per game (33rd in the NAIA) and a respectable 356.3 yards per game while forcing 23 turnovers on the season. Woods emerged as a star, picking off five passes and earning first team all-conference honors.
Concordia also enjoyed a solid season defensively in 2011, ranking 29th in the NAIA in total defense (309.4 yards per game), while holding opponents to only 116.5 rush yards per game (27th nationally). Both linebacker Jerrod Fleming and defensive back Benjamin Klein earned GPAC First Team All-Conference honors, while defensive linemen Derek Rodine and Dylan Heithoff collected second team accolades.
Prior to 2013, Daberkow also served as defensive backs coach. The 2010 team ranked 12th in the NAIA in pass defense.
Daberkow earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia in 2006 and his master's in education from Concordia in 2010. He lettered all four years as a defensive back for the Bulldogs. He was a team captain in 2006 and was named 2003 Defensive Newcomer of the Year.
Daberkow is a native of Madison, Neb. He resides in Seward with his wife, Emly, and their two daughters, Kinley and Brynn.
Contact Coach Daberkow
- 402-643-7217 (office) • Patrick.Daberkow@cune.edu
Hometown: Columbus, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Corby Osten finished his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Concordia University football program in 2014. Osten, a native of Columbus, Neb., is the special teams coordinator and defensive line coach for the varsity squad. He is also head coach for the junior varsity team at Concordia.
Osten led a Concordia special teams unit that ranked among the nation's best in 2012. The Bulldogs' Derek Blessing led the NAIA with 388 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns and kicker Kenny Zoeller racked up the second most field goals nationally with 15. As a team, Concordia ranked fourth in the NAIA in average yards per punt return (16.6) and 11th in average yards per kick return (22.9).
The 2013 unit came through with solid contributions once again. Blessing received first team all-conference honors as a kick and punt returner and sophomore kicker Adam Meirose replaced Zoeller and earned second team all-GPAC honors. In 2014, Meirose moved up to first team all-conference, giving Concordia a first or second team all-league kicker for the third-straight season.
Osten also oversaw a 2013 defensive line that featured first team all-conference performer Dylan Heithoff and aided in the team's No. 5 national ranking in both total defense and scoring defense. In 2014, senior Kyle Rakow broke loose with a career season that saw him receive second team all-GPAC recognition.
As a player, Osten was a three-year letter winner on the Bulldog football team. Osten helped the Bulldogs to the 2001 GPAC Championship. Concordia advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs during the 2001 campaign.
Corby was defensive coordinator and junior varsity head coach at Lutheran South Academy (Houston, Texas) from 2004-07. Osten also spent one year as defensive coordinator at Lincoln Lutheran in 2008.
Osten attended Concordia University from 1999-2003. He received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with endorsements in theology and physical education.
Contact Coach Osten
402-643-7195 (office); email@example.com
Alma Mater: Peru State College
Wade Halvorsen finished his second season as a graduate assistant football coach at Concordia University in 2014. He serves as defensive backs coach.
In his first season with the program, Halvorsen worked with a defensive backfield that ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in pass defense (134.7). Safety Darnell Woods earned GPAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Halvorsen returned to Concordia where he lettered on the football team under then head coach Courtney Meyer in 2008. He went on to play the next three seasons at NAIA member Peru State College. He was a three-year starter for the Bobcats, compiling more than 200 tackles and serving as team captain his senior year. While at Peru State, Halvorsen started the Teammates Mentoring Program and was selected as the Heart of America Athletic Conference NAIA Champions of Character nominee.
In 2012, Halvorsen coached the defensive backs at Peru State and coordinated the winter and in-season strength program. He has also served as a running backs coach at University of Nebraska-Lincoln football camps for both the youth and high school levels during the summers of 2012 and 2013.
During the summer of 2010, he interned in strength and conditioning at NCAA Division I’s University of Kansas where he worked with men’s and women’s basketball as well as Olympic sports. During his time at Kansas, Halvorsen worked with eventual NBA draft picks and an Olympic medalist.
Halvorsen graduated from Peru State in 2013 with a degree in PK-12 health and physical education and a minor in coaching. He is pursuing his master’s degree in education administration from Concordia.
Wade resides in Seward with his wife Sara.
Contact Coach Halvorsen
Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Reggie Corbin completed his fourth season on the Concordia University football staff in 2014. It marked his first season as a graduate assistant and wide receivers coach. He also holds duties as junior varsity offensive coordinator. In 2012 and 2013, Corbin coached the Bulldog running backs.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Corbin served as defensive coordinator at Raymond Central High School in 2010. It was his second stint at Raymond Central having also coached on the staff rom 2005-08. In 2009 he assistated at Maui High School.
A Bulldog football player from 2002-05 and basketball player in 2004-05, Corbin also played one season for the Lincoln Haymakers in 2013.
Corbin graduated from Concordia with a bachelor of arts degree in exercise science with a coaching endorsement. He is pursuing a masters in public health from Concordia and a masters in coaching education from Ohio University (May 2015).
Reggie and his wife Anuhea have a daughter, Aeva, and son, Reggie III.
Contact Coach Corbin
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Courtney Meyer continues to serve Concordia football as an assistant coach following a 19-year run as Bulldog head coach from 1990 to 2008. Meyer retired his position as head coach with a record of 70-115-1, making him the program's all-time winningest coach in terms of number of victories.
Meyer's best season at the helm of Bulldog football came in 2001 when Concordia set a school record for wins with a 10-2 campaign that included a GPAC co-championship and berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Bulldogs defeated St. Ambrose (Iowa) 31-26 in the first round before being bounced, 34-10, in the quarterfinals by Sioux Falls (S.D.).
In his current role coaching kickers and punters, Meyer helped 2013 graduate Kenny Zoeller develop into an All-American in 2012. Zoeller made 15 of 20 field goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra point tries in 2012. Zoeller's replacement, Adam Meirose, received second team all-conference laurels in 2013 and first team accolades as a junior in 2014.
Harold Pester - Tight Ends
Karl Miller - Defensive Backs
Derek Blessing - Running Backs
Jimmie Bunting - Tight Ends
Ryan Coffee - Outside Linebackers
Brian Quinn - Defensive Line