Vance Winter - Head Coach
Vance Winter entered his fourth year as head football coach at Concordia University in 2012. He was named head coach in December of 2008. He owns a career record of 16-27 overall and 13-25 in GPAC action in his four seasons as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Winter reached a career high with five wins in 2012 as Concordia improved vastly from the previous season. The high point of the season came on Oct. 13 when the Bulldogs upset then No. 11 Northwestern 17-16 in front of the homecoming crowd at Bulldog Stadium. Between Sept. 22 and Oct. 13, Winter guided Concordia to four-straight wins.
Winter is the ninth head coach in the university's 87-year 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 and his son Jackson.
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
Total: 16-27 Overall, 13-25 GPAC
Contact Coach Winter
- 402-643-7349 (office) • Vance.Winter@cune.edu
Curran White - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Curran White began his first season as the Bulldogs new assistant head coach/offensive coordinator in April 2012.
Under White's direction, the offense improved from an average of 16.7 points per game and 249.5 yards per game in 2011 to 24.0 points and 306.5 yards per contest in 2012. The Bulldogs also saw the emergence of playmaking quarterback Von Thomas, who piled up 2,300 total yards and 20 total touchdowns in White's spread attack.
White came to Concordia after spending the last six 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 55-14 record and four NAIA Championships Series berths. Last season, coach White’s rushing attack averaged 224 yards per game.
Coach White’s history of developing his players includes seven MVC linemen who have earned First Team All-Heart of America Athletic Conference selections since 2006.
Winter and White first met on the coaching staff at Wayne State in 2002. At the time, Winter was the linebackers coach, while White was worked with receivers and offensive line.
“I am excited at the opportunity to come to Concordia. The campus community and the city of Seward are a great fit for me and my family,” White said upon his hiring. “I have a good relationship with coach Winter and I have confidence in the direction of the program under his leadership. I look forward to joining the staff and preparing the team for a great 2012 season.”
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 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
Patrick Daberkow - Defensive Coordinator & Defensive Backs
Patrick Daberkow began his his sixth year with the Bulldogs in 2012. He spent three seasons as the secondary coach and is now in his third year as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2012. Daberkow also works with the defensive backs.
The Bulldog defense has continued to improve each season under the direction of Coach Daberkow. 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.
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.
Daberkow earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Concordia in 2006. 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, Nebraska. He resides in Seward with his wife Emly.
Contact Coach Daberkow
- 402-643-7217 (office) • Patrick.Daberkow@cune.edu
Corby Osten - Defensive Line/Special Teams/JV Head Coach
Corby Osten entered his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Concordia University football program in 2012. 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).
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
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James Landers - Wide Receivers/Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
James Landers is in his fourth season with the Concordia University football program in 2012. Landers works with the wide receivers and is also the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Bulldogs.
Landers, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a four-year letter winner on the Bulldog football team and a second team all-GPAC selection in 2008. He received his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.
Contact Coach Landers
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Trent Laune - Inside Linebackers/JV Defensive Coordinator
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Zach Fisher - Equipment Manager/Film Coordinator
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Courtney Meyer - Kickers/Punters
Harold Pester - Tight Ends
Reggie Corbin - Running Backs
Mark Rogge - Outside Linebackers
Heath Broekemeier (Student Assistant) - Defensive Backs
Eric Hyde (Student Assistant) - Running Backs
Kyle Hoffman (Student Assistant) - Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Derek Rodine (Student Assistant) - Defensive Line