Hometown: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Ben Limback was officially named head men's basketball coach at Concordia University in March of 2013. Limback completed his seventh season as head coach at his alma mater in 2019-20.
Limback returned the Bulldogs to the national tournament in 2020 with a thrilling postseason run that included a win at 11th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan in the GPAC tournament championship game. Concordia went 24-10 overall in 2019-20, placed fourth in the GPAC regular-season standings and was rewarded with a No. 7 seed in the NAIA Division II tournament, which took place in Sioux Falls, S.D. Point guard Brevin Sloup earned first team all-conference accolades while Carter Kent landed on the second team.
Under Limback, the Bulldogs improved their win total each season from 2013-17 while leading up to a 21-victory season in 2016-17. 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 (until winning 24 in 2019-20). 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. The 2017-18 Bulldogs went 17-13 overall for a fourth-straight winning season. Limback reached 200 career coaching victories with a triumph at Waldorf University on Nov. 19, 2018.
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.
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
2017-18: 17-13 Overall, 8-10 GPAC
2018-19: 15-16 Overall, 7-13 GPAC
2019-20: 24-10 Overall, 12-8 GPAC
Total: 119-97 Overall, 59-77 GPAC (7 years)
2013 – present Concordia University, Nebraska Head Men's Basketball Coach
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
Hometown: Eaton, Colo.
Alma Mater: Regis University
Lance Korell spent one season as Concordia University graduate assistant men’s basketball coach in 2014-15. In May 2015, he was promoted to the role of full-time assistant. Korell arrived at Concordia after having coached boy’s basketball at Deer Trail High School in Colorado during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
The high point of Korell's tenure came this past winter when the Bulldogs won the GPAC tournament and reached the NAIA Division II national tournament. The 2019-20 squad broke the program record for made 3-point field goals in a season. In his first season as full-time assistant, the 2015-16 Bulldogs elevated their record to 18-12 while averaging 85.8 points per game (third most in program history). Then in 2016-17, the Bulldogs went 21-10 overall and broke the school record for single-season scoring average (88.7). Concordia has posted above .500 records in five of six seasons Korell has spent on the bench.
A native of Eaton, Colo., Korell spent one season as an assistant and one as a head coach at Deer Trail. He led the team to a 16-7 record and a regional postseason berth in his final season.
Korell graduated in 2012 from Regis University (Colo.), where he was a member of the Ranger basketball team. Korell earned his bachelor’s of science in mathematics and a minor in education. Prior to attending Regis, Korell went to Eastern Wyoming College for two years.
A two-year captain during his collegiate playing career, Korell was named a National Jesuit College Academic All-American and a Junior College Distinguished Academic All-American.
Korell earned his master’s in secondary education administration from Concordia. He is married to current Concordia women's basketball assistant coach Tae'lor Purdy-Korell.
Hometown: Wausau, Wis.
Alma Mater: Drake University
Cory Marquardt began his first season as a graduate assistant coach within the Concordia Men’s Basketball program in 2020-21. He arrived in Seward after finishing undergraduate and graduate degrees at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
While at Drake, Marquardt served three seasons as a full-time coach and as video coordinator for the men’s basketball program. Prior to working as video coordinator, he filled a role as a student manager. As a member of the Bulldogs of the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference, Marquardt worked for four different head coaches over a six-year period. Drake won the 2018-19 MVC regular-season title. Marquardt then spent this past academic year (2019-20) as an assistant coach in basketball, football and golf at Lincoln Lutheran High School.
The native of Wausau, Wis., is the son of Keith and Kim Marquardt. Cory has a brother named Jeff. Cory is pursuing a master’s in School Counseling from Concordia. He earned a bachelors in Marketing and a masters in Communication Leadership from Drake.