Hometown: Moore, Okla. Alma Mater: Baker University
An assistant on the Concordia University wrestling staff since 2015, Levi Calhoun was promoted to head wrestling coach on April 11, 2018. Calhoun has been on the bench for GPAC championship seasons in 2016 and 2017.
Since arriving in Seward, Calhoun has collaborated on some of the most successful seasons in Concordia wrestling history. The 2015-16 team won GPAC/NAIA North Qualifier championships and recorded an eighth-place national championships finish, the highest ever for the program. Over his three seasons with the Bulldogs, Calhoun has coached six All-Americans, including 2016 national champion Andrew Schulte and 2017 national runner up Ceron Francisco. Giovanni Castillo became the program’s latest All-American this past March. Furthermore, the 2015-16 and 2016-17 squads that Calhoun assisted on went a combined 14-0 in GPAC duals over back-to-back championship seasons.
Prior to being hired by former head coach Dana Vote in 2015, Calhoun spent the previous four seasons as assistant wrestling coach at his alma mater Baker University, an institution located in Baldwin City, Kan., and a member of the NAIA’s Heart of America Athletic Conference. The native of Moore, Okla., helped the Wildcats make a dent on the national level. During his time there as an assistant, he coached 11 All-Americans, three national finalists and a national champion.
As a student-athlete from 2006 to 2009, Calhoun twice qualified for the NAIA wrestling national championships and became the school’s first-ever wrestling All-American when he took fourth place in the heavyweight bracket. Calhoun also started all four years on the defensive line for the Wildcat football team. He garnered first team all-conference football recognition twice. Calhoun earned his bachelor of science in physical education from Baker. He and his wife Hollie reside in Seward with their daughter Mackenzie.
Calhoun is the fourth Concordia head wrestling coach since the program’s reboot in 2009.
Hometown: Blythe, Calif. Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
The 2017-18 season marked Junior Lule's second as a member of the Concordia University wrestling staff. Lule was promoted to a full-time role after spending two seasons as a graduate assistant. As a wrestler and as a coach, Lule has been part of three GPAC and NAIA North Qualifier championships at Concordia (2015-17).
Lule shifted to coaching following a successful two-year run as a Bulldog. After transferring from Palomar College in California, Lule compiled a combined record of 50-17, qualified for the national championships twice and won the NAIA North 157-pound title as a senior in 2016. He garnered second team all-GPAC honors as a junior before moving up to the first team as a senior. Also as a junior, Lule placed third at the NAIA North Group Tournament in the 149-pound bracket.
Lule helped Concordia to two team GPAC dual titles and two regional postseason tournament championships. At the national championships, the Bulldogs placed 12th as a team in 2015 and eighth (best in program history) in 2016. Lule has been a member of a program for all three of its conference championship seasons.
The native of Blythe, Calif., earned his undergraduate degree in criminal justice. He is finishing up a masters in athletic administration.
Hometown: Beaumont, Calif. Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Dmitri Smith finished his first season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Concordia University wrestling coach in 2017-18. Beginning with 2018-19, Smith will work as the program's graduate assistant coach.
Smith completed his own college wrestling career in 2017 with a third-straight trip to the national championships. Smith recorded 67 career victories and was named second team All-GPAC once and honorable mention All-GPAC three times. He contributed to teams that won GPAC titles in three-straight seasons. Smith earned his degree in biology.