Formerly Buena Vista University's associate head coach/pitching coach, Ryan Dupic was named Concordia University head baseball coach on July 1, 2014. He completed his fifth season as head coach in 2019.
Dupic has made an immediate positive impact, leading the program to its winningest five-year stretch in program history (146-109). The 2017 team rose to greater heights than any Bulldog baseball team had before, winning the GPAC regular-season title, advancing to the national tournament and claiming victory in a national tournament game. None of those feats had ever before been attained in school history. The 2019 team, led by GPAC Player of the Year Christian Meza, achieved similar results by winning another GPAC regular-season title, reaching the NAIA opening round and winning once during national tournament play.
Prior to Dupic's arrival in Seward, the program had not produced a winning season since 1979. Concordia's most recent conference baseball title had come in 1986. Under Dupic, the Bulldogs reset the school single-season wins standard three years in a row (2015 through 2017). The 34-win 2017 squad not only broke the program wins record, it set a new standard for pitcher strikeouts (broken again in 2018 and 2019). The 2016 Bulldogs still own records for runs scored (395) and hits (505) while the 2019 squad broke the standard for home runs in a season with 40.
The 2017 and 2019 GPAC Coach of the Year, Dupic has built one of the top pitching staffs in the conference. After ranking third among GPAC squads in team ERA in both 2017 and 2018, the '19 team led the conference in ERA and shattered the school single-season strikeout record by piling up 501 K's. Four of the five first team All-GPAC pitching spots went to Bulldogs. In 2018, Nick Little turned in perhaps the greatest season ever by a Bulldog pitcher and was named the GPAC Pitcher of the Year. Little went 9-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 91.1 innings.
A native of Emmetsburg, Iowa, Dupic served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2007 to 2014. In his seven seasons working with Buena Vista head coach Steve Eddie, the Beavers put together a combined record of 194-109 with IIAC regular-season and tournament titles in both 2010 and 2014. They made NCAA Division III national tournament appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2014, including a 2011 World Series berth. The success was unprecedented for a Buena Vista program that experienced 24 losing seasons in 26 years prior to 2008.
As pitching coach, Dupic worked wonders with the Beaver hurlers, who led the IIAC in ERA and strikeouts over his final six years at BV (2008-14). In 2014 they set a school record for strikeouts in a season during a 37-9 campaign. Over his last six years at BVU, Dupic mentored 13 all-conference pitchers and 21 academic all-conference pitchers. He also aided in the growth of 2014 Major League Baseball draft pick Scott Harris.
Owner of a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (2008) and a master’s in science in education (2011) from Buena Vista, Dupic was a two-sport star for the Beavers. Dupic, who served as team captain, earned first team all-conference accolades in 2006 and 2007, first team all-region in 2007 and team MVP (2007) honors on the diamond. On the basketball court, Dupic received team MVP laurels in 2007.
Dupic began his collegiate career at the University of Iowa (2002-05), where he was a member of the Hawkeye baseball team. He received Academic All-Big Ten recognition for the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons.
Following his collegiate playing days, Dupic signed a professional contract with the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers, a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.
Dupic has been a member of the American Baseball Coaches’ Association (ABCA) and Iowa High School Baseball Coaches’ Association (IHSBCA).
Ryan and his wife Abby reside in Seward with their son Cole.
Berg completed his third season as a full-time assistant baseball coach in 2018-19, working closely with hitters and catchers. He was elevated from his role of graduate assistant coach, which he served in 2015-16. He also fills a role as athletic equipment manager.
Berg has been on staff for the three winningest seasons in the history of the Concordia baseball program. The 2017 squad became the first in school annals to win the GPAC regular-season title, advance to the national tournament and eclipse the 30-win total. The Bulldogs went on to record their first ever national tournament victory. Offensively, Concordia enjoyed two of its most productive seasons over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, breaking single-season school records for runs scored, hits and home runs during that stretch.
The 2019 squad also won the GPAC regular-season title, advanced to the national tournament and reset the school record for home runs with 40. Over the past three seasons, four Bulldog position players have earned first team All-GPAC honors: Casey Berg, Wade Council, Jason Galeano and Christian Meza (twice). In 2019, Meza became the first Bulldog ever to be named GPAC Player of the Year.
The brother of 2017 senior Casey Berg and current Concordia catcher Ben Berg, Bryce has coached for several different teams in seasons prior to his work with the Bulldogs. His resume includes stints with the Sioux Falls Cyclones 14U, Kuemper Catholic High School (assistant coach), Carroll Merchants Legion (assistant coach) and Carroll Classics Amateur Baseball (head coach).
As a collegian, Berg attended Iowa Central Community College before transferring and earning his degree in sport management from Augustana College. During a second team all-conference season at Augustana, Berg batted .392 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs. His successful college career followed a standout career at Kuemper Catholic, where he hit .480 with 64 RBIs and earned super team all-state recognition in 2011.
One of four Berg brothers, Bryce obtained his masters of athletic administration from Concordia University.
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Jake Adams finished his second season on the Concordia University baseball coaching staff in 2018-19. He graduated from Concordia in May 2017 after two seasons as a starting outfielder for head coach Ryan Dupic. Adams has had a hand in both Bulldog GPAC championship seasons (2017 and 2019) as either a player or coach.
Adams, who spent two years at North Iowa Area Community College, earned GPAC Gold Glove honors in 2016. A year later, the native of Mason City, Iowa, garnered honorable mention All-GPAC accolades and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. In his two seasons as a Bulldog, Adams batted .294 with seven home runs and 61 RBIs. His three-run homer on May 15, 2017, helped Concordia to its first-ever national tournament win. Adams was a member of the 2017 GPAC regular-season championship team.
Coached by his father Tony at Newman Catholic High School, Adams earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia. He is now pursuing a master’s in business administration. He is the son of Tony and Pam and has an older brother Jordan.