SEWARD, Neb. – On Tuesday head coach Ben Limback and the Concordia University men’s basketball program announced changes to its staff. With assistant Marty Kohlwey shifting to the women’s basketball staff, Limback has promoted graduate assistant coach Lance Korell to fill the void.
Korell, a 2012 graduate of Regis University, immediately impressed Limback with his quick adaptation in his first season on the Concordia bench. Korrell helped the program to a 16-15 overall record and three victories over ranked opponents in 2014-15.
“I am extremely excited about the new opportunity for Coach Korell to begin serving on a full-time capacity as an assistant coach,” Limback said. “He did a wonderful job as a graduate assistant this past season adjusting very quickly to college coaching. He is extremely intelligent, a tireless worker, has great attention to detail, and above all, represents the high Christian character that helps support the mission and vision of Concordia.”
Limback also expressed his gratitude for Kohlwey’s contributions to the Bulldog men’s basketball over his 10 seasons as part of the coaching staff.
“With Coach Kohlwey moving over to become the women’s assistant coach, we will certainly miss him and all that he brought to the men’s basketball program over the years,” Limback said. “I am so grateful for the two years that I personally have served with him on this staff. Having Coach Kohlwey still in the athletic department will allow all of us to continue building on the relationship we have with him.”
Said Korell, “It is a blessing and privilege to be able to call Concordia University my home. I am excited to continue to work with our players in order to develop young men who are excellent in the classroom and on the floor. I look forward to serving the students and athletes of this university in order to continue advancing Concordia’s mission of being a Christ-centered university known for academic and athletic excellence.”
A member of the Regis basketball team, Korell played for the Rangers for two seasons after transferring from Eastern Wyoming College. He earned his bachelors of science in mathematics and a minor in education. 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, who hails from Eaton, Colo., spent one season as an assistant and one as a head coach at Deer Trail High School in Colorado. He led the team to a 16-7 record and a regional postseason berth.
Korell continues to pursue his master’s in secondary education administration from Concordia.