Hometown: Seward, Neb.
Alma Mater: Wayne State College
Todd LaVelle was named Concordia University head softball coach on June 13, 2013. He completed his second season as a Bulldog in 2015.
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 Bulldog 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.
At 61-39 over the past two seasons, LaVelle has overseen the second-highest win total in back-to-back seasons 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, 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.
Officially, LaVelle began his duties as head softball coach on July 8, 2013.
Contact Coach LaVelle
- 402-643-7311 (office) • Todd.LaVelle@cune.edu
Graduate Assistant Softball Coach
Hometown: Greeley, Colo.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Nicole Mapes begins her first season as a graduate assistant coach for Concordia University softball in 2015-16. The Concordia alum played for the Bulldog softball team from 2010-13. She graduated with a degree in exercise science and a minor in biology.
As a Bulldog, Mapes batted .280 (122-for-435) while serving as a four-year starter. Over her 154-game career, the native of Greeley, Colo., collected four home runs, 54 RBIs, 59 runs and 18 doubles. A versatile player, Mapes spent time as a starter in the infield and outfield. In 2013 she earned both second team all-conference and Omaha World-Herald NAIA All-Nebraska recognition.
Prior to her return to Concordia, Mapes spent time as a personal trainer at Bally Total Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness in Westminster, Colorado. She has also provided personal softball lessons.
Mapes is pursuing her master’s in public health from Concordia.
Assistant Softball Coach
Hometown: Grand Island, Neb.
Alma Mater: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Doug Dawson completed his first season on the Concordia University softball staff in 2014-15. A native of Grand Island, Neb., Dawson brings extensive softball and baseball coaching experience to head coach Todd LaVelle’s staff.
Dawson has spent the past 14 years as a softball hitting instructor working with both high school and college athletes. He formerly served as an assistant coach at Lincoln Southeast High School, helping the program to a combined record of 238-122 with five district titles and two third-place state finishes over seven seasons. He has also coached several club softball teams and owns two American Softball Association state titles and three top-10 national finishes, including a 16-and-under national runner-up claim in 2013. He has helped develop 10 all-state players.
In addition, Dawson has collegiate experience having been part of the football and baseball coaching staffs at Nebraska Wesleyan University for seven years. During that time the Prairie Wolves won three conference baseball titles and had 18 all-conference players coached by Dawson.
His career began in Rising City, Neb., before shifting to Red Oak, Texas, where he coached football, basketball and baseball. Dawson won district titles in football and basketball.
Dawson, employed by Lincoln Public Schools since 1995, earned his bachelor of science from Nebraska Wesleyan (1980), where he was a four-year baseball letterman. He led the Prairie Wolves to two conference titles and one NCAA Division III playoff appearance. He received his masters of education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1994.
Doug and his wife Sheri have two daughters, Bailey and Jill. Bailey played softball at Creighton University while Jill played volleyball at the University of Northern Colorado.
Assistant Softball Coach
Hometown: Lincoln, Neb.
Alma Mater: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
John Moody completed his second season on head coach Todd LaVelle’s staff in 2014-15. The Lincoln native brings more than a decade of high school softball coaching to the Bulldogs. He is also a dual credit instructor, specializing in secondary methods of social studies at Concordia. He serves as the softball program's head junior varsity coach.
Moody has taught history, sociology and psychology at Seward High School for the past 26 years. He has coached high school softball for 12 seasons, including the last four as the head coach of the Bluejays. He has five years of experience coaching select summer softball. He has also spent 13 years of coaching both high school football and high school/college basketball.
As a high school head softball coach, Moody owns a record of 76-38 with one state tournament appearance. He has won two summer state titles and has been selected to coach two all-star softball games. In addition, he serves as the president of the Seward Softball Association.
As a basketball official, Moody has spent 20 years working at the high school and collegiate levels. He has officiated two all-star games, six state tournaments and two state finals.
Moody graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School prior to earning his college degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his master’s from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
John lives in Seward with his wife of 24 years, Julie. They have two daughters, Sarah, 19, and Hannah, 18. Sarah attends UNL while Hannah enters her freshman year at Hastings College.