Wrestling Coaching Staff

Dana Vote

Head Wrestling Coach

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Alma Mater: Buena Vista University

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

In three seasons at the helm of of the program, the native of Gilmore City, Iowa, has orchestrated an impressive turnaround. Vote led Concordia to new heights in 2015 as the Bulldogs won GPAC and NAIA North Group Qualifying titles and sent 10 wrestlers to the national championships where Concordia recorded its highest-ever national finish (12th) and most-ever All-Americans (four).

Vote, who has helped develop the GPAC's last two conference wrestlers of the year, was named the GPAC and NAIA North Group Coach of the Year following the 2014-15 campaign. During which, Concordia went undefeated in conference duals, winning all seven by 10 points or more.

Between his first and second seasons at the helm of the Bulldogs. The program went from a sixth-place GPAC finish, last-place North Qualifier finish and no national qualifiers in 2012-13 to a second-place GPAC finish, second-place North Qualifier finish and six national qualifiers in 2013-14.

Having now coached five All-Americans at Concordia, Vote stresses a championship lifestyle both on and off the mat. His program supported the Step Up For Down Syndrome cause and for the 2013-14 academic year, the Bulldogs ranked in the top 10 among all NAIA wrestling squads in GPA.

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.

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 and his wife Katie live in Lincoln, Neb., with their daughter, Tinley.

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Bulldogs Under Coach Vote

2012-13: 2-10 Overall, 1-5 GPAC

2013-14: 9-8 Overall, 5-2 GPAC (6 national qualifiers, 1 All-American)

2014-15: 9-4 Overall, 7-0 GPAC (10 national qualifiers, 4 All-Americans)

Total:  20-22 Overall, 13-7 GPAC

Tyler Kacmarynski

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Hometown: Spencer, Iowa

Alma Mater: Morningside College

Tyler Kacmarynski entered his first as a graduate assistant wrestling coach at Concordia University in 2014-15.

Kacmarynski brings a keen understanding of the GPAC wrestling scene to Concordia having completed an impressive four-year run as a heavyweight at Morningside College. As a Mustang, the Spencer, Iowa, native qualified for the NAIA national championships all four years, reached the North regional finals twice and was a two-time GPAC first team all-conference selection. He finished his career with 98 victories – tied for the sixth most in Morningside history.

In addition, Kacmarynski received the NAIA Champions of Character award as well as the coach’s appreciation award.

Kacmarynski earned his bachelor of arts in business administration from Morningside. He is pursuing his master’s in business with an emphasis in human resource management from Concordia.

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Aaron Sweazy

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Hometown: Chapman, Kan.

Alma Mater: University of Central Oklahoma

Aaron Sweazy (pronounced Sway-zee) entered his second season as a graduate assistant wrestling coach in 2014-15.

Sweazy earned his bachelor’s degree from NCAA Division II wrestling powerhouse University of Central Oklahoma. During his time there, the Bronchos captured national titles in 2002 and 2003, capping a three-year run of top-three national team finishes.

The Chapman, Kan., native and former Chapman High School four-year wrestling starter served as the head wrestling coach at Iola High School in Iola, Kan., for the 2011-12 season. He led two of his grapplers to the state championships and oversaw a program that ranked second in its region and 15th in the state in terms of highest GPA.

From 2007 to 2011, Sweazy assisted on the staff at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kan. While there he coached six NJCAA All-Americans and helped mentor 23 academic All-Americans. Neosho County CC recorded top 10 academic finishes in both 2009 and 2010.

In addition, Sweazy served as an assistant coach at Columbus High School in Columbus, Kan., for the 2010-11 season, helping guide four state qualifiers and one state place finisher.

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Ryan Pankoke

Assistant Wrestling Coach
Hometown: Beaver Crossing, Neb.

Alma Mater: University of Nebraska Omaha

Ryan Pankoke entered his first season as an assistant on the Concordia University wrestling staff in 2014-15.

Pankoke enjoyed an impressive career on the mat at the University of Nebraska Omaha (NCAA Division II), where he went 116-29 with a 174-pound national title and a third-place All-America honor (165 pounds) during his four-year career from 2007-11. He was also part of Mavericks teams that won three-straight NCAA Division II national championships. In addition, Pankoke was named an academic All-American all four years.

Born in Seward, Pankoke is a native of Beaver Crossing, Neb. He placed at the Nebraska Class B and C state tournaments a combined three times and finished with a career prep record of 138-6, including a 34-0 record and state champion status as a senior at Centennial High School.

Brady Johnson

Assistant Wrestling Coach
Hometown: McCook, Neb.

Alma Mater: Chadron State University

Brady Johnson entered his sixth season as an assistant coach in the Bulldog wrestling program in 2014-15. The McCook, Neb., 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.