Concordia search for new men’s basketball head coach underway

By Emma Hopfer on Feb. 20, 2013 in Men's Basketball

Concordia search for new men’s basketball head coach underway

SEWARD, Neb. - Concordia University has announced the opening of the position of men’s basketball head coach. Marty Kohlwey, who served as head coach during the 2012-13 season, will resume the role he filled prior to this season as the assistant coach. Kohlwey had taken over as head coach on Oct. 17 when previous head coach Grant Schmidt resigned.

“I am so thankful to God and the administration for the opportunity I have had to lead this team of amazing young men and for the choice to stay on as head coach,” Kohlwey said. “Through prayer and careful consideration, due to what I feel is best for the team and program, I am stepping out of the head coaching role. My gifts can best be used to serve the players and the future coach while pursuing other areas of ministry on campus.”

Led by Director of Athletics Devin Smith, the Concordia athletics department has initiated a national search to find the best candidate to fill the head coach position.

“First I want to thank Marty for the leadership he provided our men’s basketball program through this tough season,” Smith said. “We are grateful that Marty will remain with the team and continue to be an asset to our student-athletes.

“Our new head coach will embody Concordia University’s faith-based culture and will uphold the tradition of success on and off the court that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in our men’s basketball program.”

Since 1991, Bulldog men’s basketball has appeared in the national tournament nine times, including a runner up finish in 2005 and an appearance in the semifinals in 1992 at the NAIA Division II National Championships. Since becoming a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference beginning with the 2000-01 season, Concordia has produced a league mark of better than .500 in seven seasons.

In addition to serving as the head coach this past season, Kohlwey, a 1983 Concordia graduate, assisted the men’s basketball program from 1999 to 2006. The Bulldogs went 128-63 during that stretch with three trips to the national tournament.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit