Dana Vote took the reigns of the Concordia University, Nebraska, wrestling team in April 2012. Vote also serves in an athletic administration game management role at Concordia
“We are very pleased to welcome Dana to Concordia. One of the primary qualities we stressed as the committee completed our search was leadership and Dana exudes that quality,” said Scott Seevers, vice president for enrollment, student life and athletics. “His track record of leadership in the area of academic support for his athletes was a real differentiator for the search team.”
Vote came to Concordia after spending the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Over his last four seasons in Storm Lake, Vote served as the Beavers’ top assistant. He also served as a student assistant for BVU during the 2007-08 season. In addition, Vote worked as a camp clinician at the University of Iowa wrestling camps in 2006.
At Buena Vista, Vote helped guide three All-Americans, six national qualifiers and four Academic All-Americans.
“I’m honored to become the new head coach of the Bulldogs. This is a great opportunity to step into a program that has limitless possibilities,” Vote said. “I’m excited to meet the team and begin building the championship lifestyle together.”
Before becoming a coach, Vote wrestled at both 149 and 157 pounds for the Beavers during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. A two-time letter winner with Buena Vista, Vote wrestled for Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge for two seasons and was a national qualifier.
Vote graduated from Buena Vista in 2008 with a degree in exercise science and sports management.
“Dana brings a wealth of collegiate recruiting experience in the Midwest and the technical knowledge needed to mentor nationally ranked competitors while demonstrating a desire to engage our student-athletes in a broad-based manner,” said Devin Smith, Concordia athletic director. “Over the past three seasons, we have initiated a pattern of success for Concordia wrestling and I am certain that Dana will build upon the momentum.”
Contact Coach Vote
- 402-643-7238 (office) • Dana.Vote@cune.edu
Glenn Rhees, Graduate Assistant Coach
Graduate Assistant Wrestling Coach
Glenn Rhees enters his first season as the Bulldog’s graduate assistant wrestling coach in 2012-13.
“I am excited to bring in an individual that possesses such a decorated history on the mat, yet more importantly Glenn brings the type of character we strive to build here at Concordia,” head wrestling coach Dana Vote said.
In addition to his competitive accolades, Rhees brings four years of coaching experience to Concordia. His coaching career began in the spring of 2008 at Mason City High School (Iowa), and over the next two seasons Rhees served as the Freestyle Head Coach for the Mohawks. He went on to become Freestyle Head Coach for Knoxville High School (Iowa) in 2010 and the Head Assistant Coach at Fairfield High School (Iowa) in 2011.
Rhees graduated from Grand View University (Iowa) in 2011 with a degree in liberal arts and a minor in psychology. He wrestled for the Vikings in 2010 and 2011, capturing the 174-pound NAIA National Championship in 2010 and finishing second overall in 2011. Rhees began his collegiate career at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City. Rhees’ first National Championship came as a Trojan in 2008 when he won the 174-pound junior college title. His combined individual record collegiate record was 82-12, including 26-3 at NIACC.
“I’m honored to join the Concordia staff and assist Coach Vote as we instill a championship mentality and lifestyle throughout the Bulldog program,” Rhees said.
Assistant Wrestling CoachHometown: McCook, NE
Chadron State University
Brady Johnson enters his fourth season as an assistant coach in the Bulldog wrestling program in 2012-13. The McCook, Nebraska native came to Seward from Louisville where he served as the assistant wrestling coach at Louisville High School for five and a half years.
In addition to his on the mat practice duties, Coach Johnson oversees the Bulldog fundraising program with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln home football games.
Coach Johnson graduated from Chadron State University with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice where he was a member of the wrestling program. He followed up his degree from Chadron with a Masters of Science degree in Community Counciling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Johnson has lived in Seward for the past nine years with his wife and four children. Johnson is currently a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones where he has worked for the last 10 years.