Hometown: Gillmore City, Iowa
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
“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 and his wife Katie live in Lincoln, Neb., with their daughter, Tinley.
“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
Graduate Assistant Wrestling CoachHometown: Chapman, Kan.
Alma Mater: University of Central Oklahoma
Aaron Sweazy (pronounced Sway-zee) enters his first season as the Bulldogs’ graduate assistant wrestling coach in 2013-14.
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.
Contact Coach Sweazy
- 402-643-7186 (office) • Aaron.Sweazy_ga@cune.edu
Assistant Wrestling CoachHometown: McCook, Neb.
Alma Mater: 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.