Hometown: Emmetsburg, Iowa
Alma Mater: Buena Vista University
Formerly Buena Vista University's associate head coach/pitching coach, Ryan Dupic was named Concordia University head baseball coach prior to the 2015 season. He completed his sixth season as head coach in 2020.
Dupic has made an immediate positive impact, leading the program to its winningest six-year stretch in program history (160-116). 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. Then in 2020 (a season cut short), lefty Jason Munsch struck out 59 hitters in 26 innings without allowing an earned run.
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 sons Cole and Cody.
2015: 26-18 Overall, 8-12 GPAC
2016: 28-27 Overall, 11-9 GPAC
2017: 34-22 Overall, 19-9 GPAC (1st)
2018: 25-22 Overall, 13-13 GPAC
2019: 33-20 Overall, 23-5 GPAC (1st)
2020: 14-7 Overall, 2-0 GPAC (season not completed due to coronavirus)
Total: 160-116 Overall, 76-48 GPAC (6 years)
Hometown: Batavia, New York
Alma Mater: Cairn University (Penn.)
Caleb Lang begins his first season as a member of the Concordia University Baseball staff in 2020-21. As Assistant Baseball Coach, Lang will have a primary focus on working with Bulldog hitters.
Previously, Lang served as Assistant Baseball Coach at NCAA Division II Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where he oversaw 24 Saints hitters. The native of Batavia, New York, fulfilled a two-year graduate assistantship at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., where he was also the Hitting Coach. His additional coaching experiences have included roles as Assistant Coach for the Traverse City Pit Spitters of Traverse City, Mich., (Northwoods League) in 2019 and as Head Coach of the Niagara Power Baseball team (NYBCL) in Niagara Falls, N.Y., in 2017-18. He led the Niagara Power to a playoff appearance.
Lang played his college baseball at NCAA Division III Cairn University in Langhorne, Penn. He earned numerous honors while being named a two-time NCAA D-III All-American, the New York Collegiate Baseball League Player of the Year and a three-time first team National Christian College Athletic Association All-American. He was also recognized with the Hank Burbridge Unlimited Potential Award.
The former Highlanders star earned his undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Biblical Studies. He received his master’s in Management from Eastern Nazarene.
In spreading his love for the game of baseball, Lang has spent time as a Miracle League volunteer, which entailed playing baseball with adults and children with physical and mental disabilities. Lang also lived in the Dominican Republic for eight weeks, during which he taught baseball and provided meals to those in need. Caleb is the son of Kimberly and Michael Lang and he has five siblings: Ciara, Hannah, Abraham, Elizabeth and Levi.
Hometown: Minden, Neb.
Alma Mater: University of Nebraska-Omaha
Jonas Lovin concluded his first season assisting head coach Ryan Dupic’s Concordia University baseball program in 2020. Lovin is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a native of Minden, Neb.
Lovin arrived at Concordia after serving as pitching coach of the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders of the Northwoods League during the summer of 2019. He moved to a coaching role following a successful collegiate baseball career. As a senior at Omaha, Lovin recorded a 4.85 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 13 innings. He earned degrees in sports management and business communications. Lovin also spent four years at NCAA Division II Augustana University (S.D.).
Lovin is pursuing a masters in organizational science and leadership. Jonas is the son of Shannon and Connie. His younger brother Josiah plays baseball at MidAmerica Nazarene University and his youngest brother Elijah plays basketball at Concordia.
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Wade Council has made the transition from a four-year starting outfielder to Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach for the Concordia University Baseball program.
Council earned respect as one of the influential leaders on the team while helping the Bulldogs to GPAC regular-season titles and NAIA Opening Round national tournament appearances in both 2017 and 2019. Council earned second team All-GPAC honors in 2018 and then moved up to the conference’s first team in 2019. He was recognized as the GPAC Gold Glove right fielder in 2019. On the program’s all-time career lists, Council ranks fifth in runs scored (122), fifth in doubles (37), fifth in triples (8), sixth in walks (68), ninth in RBIs (97) and ninth in hits (163). As a pitcher, Council tossed four shutouts in his career.
The native of Colorado Springs earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Concordia. He is pursuing a master’s in School Counseling.
Wade is married to Taryn (Schuette) Council, who played basketball at Concordia. Wade is the son of Russ and Jody Council.