Hometown: Seward, Neb. Alma Mater: Wayne State College
Todd LaVelle was named Concordia University head softball coach on June 13, 2013. He completed his fourth season as a Bulldog in 2017. Officially, LaVelle began his duties as head softball coach on July 8, 2013.
LaVelle led the program to new heights in year one as the Bulldogs made their first-ever appearance at the NAIA national championships. He then took the Bulldogs back to the national tournament in 2015. The 2014 squad went 32-16 overall (fourth most wins in school history), placed third in the GPAC during the regular season and finished runner up at the conference tournament. The breakthrough campaign included signature wins over fellow national qualifying teams Bellevue, conference champion Morningside and then No. 10 Olivet Nazarene.
The 2017 team set a new LaVelle-era best with 34 wins (tied for the second most in school history) during a season that included a second place GPAC finish. For the first time during LaVelle's tenure, Concordia placed three players on the All-GPAC first team: Leah Kalkwarf, Megan Ruppert and Michaela Woodward. A star two-way player, Woodward broke a single-season school record with 11 home runs in 2017.
At 125-71 over the past four seasons, LaVelle has overseen the winningest four-year stretch in program history. In 2015 Concordia won the GPAC tournament for the first time since 2007 and recorded the program's first-ever national tournament victory - a 6-4 win over Grand View University. LaVelle has now coached three of the program's seven 30-win teams all-time.
LaVelle, a Seward native and Wayne State College (Neb.) graduate, brought an impressive track record of excellence on the Nebraska prep scene prior to his arrival at Concordia. As head softball coach at Lincoln North Star from 2005 to 2013, LaVelle amassed a mark of 171-91 with three state tournament appearances, including a runner-up finish in 2009.
The Seward High School graduate began his coaching career in 1993 when he started as a summer select softball coach, a role he continued to hold until accepting the offer to become head coach at Concordia. LaVelle has coached more than 50 summer select teams over the last 20 years, producing more than 1,500 wins and 12 Amateur Softball Association softball state championship appearances.
An experienced educator, LaVelle has also served as either a head or assistant coach in the sports of baseball, basketball, football, track and field and wrestling while spending time at Humphrey Public School, Seward Public School, Humphrey Saint Francis School and Pender Public School, in addition to Lincoln North Star.
LaVelle’s expertise at the high school level was recognized when he was chosen to be the head coach of the 2008 Nebraska high school softball all-star game.
LaVelle spent 17 years as an area teacher, alongside his coaching roles. He has worked in the field of physical education, having taught all levels from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Lavelle received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Wayne State (1994).
He resides in Seward with his wife Mindy. They have a son Pat, daughter Whitney and a son Broc.
Hometown: La Mesa, Calif. Alma Mater: DePaul University
Naomi Tellez completed her first season as a graduate assistant coach on the Concordia softball staff in 2016-17. With the help of Tellez, the 2017 Bulldogs piled up 34 wins (tied for second most in school history) and placed second in the GPAC.
Tellez graduated from DePaul University in 2016 after a standout softball career for the Blue Demons. The catcher from La Mesa, Calif., earned first team All-Big East and Big East all-tournament team recognition as a senior. In 2016 she batted .366 with 10 home runs and 50 RBIs. She was also a two-time Big East all-academic team selection. She played at the University of New Mexico from 2012-2014 before transferring to DePaul.
Tellez, who has served as a travel ball coach, holds a bachelor of arts degree in organizational communications from DePaul. She is pursuing an MBA in leadership and management from Concordia.
Naomi is the daughter of Jose and Michelle Tellez.
Hometown: Norfolk, Neb. Alma Mater: Wayne State College
Jeff Pasold completed his first season assisting the Concordia University softball team in 2017. Pasold has spent more than 20 years coaching softball.
A graduate of Wayne State College, Pasold has led the Norfolk Golden Girls Summer Club Softball to two state championships (2014 and 2016). Pasold has also volunteered as coach for the sports of softball, football, basketball, golf and track and field at Lutheran High Northeast and for one year for the Central Community College softball team.
Pasold earned four letters as a member of the Wayne State baseball team. He also earned All-America and all-conference recognition as a punter for the Wildcat football squad. Pasold went on to play or coach fast-pitch softball for 24 years, making 14 national tournament appearances and two world tournament appearances.
The Norfolk, Neb., native has spent 28 years in the insurance agency industry. Additionally, he previously spent 28 years officiating high school and college basketball and served as a NCAA Division I football referee.
Pasold graduated from Wayne State with a B.S. in physical education and athletic training. He and his wife Beth have a daughter Janey and son Garret. Janey is a current member of the Bulldog softball team.