Ben Limback Athletics
Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Ben Limback was officially named head men's basketball coach at Concordia University on March 12, 2013. Limback completed his fourth season as head coach at his alma mater in 2016-17. He also serves as Athletic Recruitment Coordinator.
Under Limback, the Bulldogs have improved their win total each season, while producing records of 8-21, 16-15, 18-12 and 21-10 over the past four years. Led by second team All-American Chandler Folkerts, the 2016-17 team broke the school single-season record for scoring average (88.7) and finished with the program's most wins since the 2004-05 campaign. The 2016-17 squad also toppled five nationally-ranked teams and captured the CIT championship. It was the third CIT title at CUNE for Limback.
Limback, a 1999 Concordia graduate and native of Cedar Falls, Iowa, spent nine years as the head coach at CU-Ann Arbor prior to taking over in Seward. Limback, who also served as the school’s director of admissions from 2010-12 and its athletics director from 2009-2011, is the Cardinals’ all-time winningest men’s basketball head coach with 115 victories.
He earned Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2007 and was recognized as the WHAC Champions of Character Coach by the NAIA in both 2009 and 2010. In 2007, Limback led CU-Ann Arbor to its first-ever Concordia Invitational Tournament title. In 2014 Limback became the first coach in CIT history to win championships at two different schools.
Prior to becoming CU-Ann Arbor’s head coach, Limback filled the role of assistant coach for three seasons from 2000-2003 at NCAA Division II Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Ill., where he was tutored by current NCAA Division I Evansville University head coach Marty Simmons. That coaching stop was preceded by a one-year stint with Concordia-Nebraska for the 1999-2000 season under 23-year head coach Grant Schmidt.
From 1995-99, Limback donned the Bulldog jersey as a player for Coach Schmidt. As a senior during the 1998-99 season, he earned Nebraska-Iowa Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was named the Nebraska State College Player of the Year by the Omaha World-Herald. In addition, he twice received both NAIA honorable mention All-America (1998 and 1999) and NAIA Academic All-America (1998 and 1999) accolades. He was a member of Bulldog teams that advanced to the national tournament on three separate occasions.
Upon graduation from Concordia, Limback received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and physical education. He went on to earn his Master of Science degree in kinesiology from SIU-Edwardsville in 2002.
Limback and his wife Kelley have four children: Leighton, Malachi, Kennedy and Emerson.
Bulldogs Under Coach Limback
2013-14: 8-21 Overall, 3-17 GPAC
2014-15: 16-15 Overall, 9-11 GPAC
2015-16: 18-12 Overall, 10-10 GPAC
2016-17: 21-10 Overall, 10-8 GPAC
Total: 63-58 Overall, 32-46 GPAC (4 years)
2003 – 2012 Concordia University-Ann Arbor, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
2000 – 2003 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
1999 – 2000 Concordia University-Nebraska, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach