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Patrick Daberkow

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Head Football Coach

Patrick Daberkow Athletics

Head Football Coach

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Hometown: Madison, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

The 2021 season marked Patrick Daberkow's 15th on the Concordia Football staff and fifth as head coach. He spent three seasons as the secondary coach and then seven years as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs. Daberkow was officially promoted to the role of Head Football Coach in December of 2016.

In terms of record, the 2021 campaign was Daberkow's best yet. He guided the Bulldogs to a 7-3 overall record (tied for third in the GPAC) and the program's first sweep of in-state rivals Doane, Hastings and Midland since the 1970 season. The first season of Daberkow's head coaching tenure (2017) was highlighted by a homecoming victory over then seventh-ranked Doane and a late four-game win streak. The Bulldogs made one appearance in the national poll and finished 6-4 overall. Their third-place league finish was the program's best since 2002. The 2020 team began the season at 4-0 before finishing 4-4 with the help of All-American linebacker Lane Napier. The program has produced at least one All-American in seven-straight seasons and in nine of the past 10 seasons. Prior to Napier (2018-21) and Garrett Schardt (2021), Tarence Roby (2017) and Trey Barnes (2015, 2016) were also named NAIA All-Americans by the American Football Coaches Association.

Between 2013 and 2015, Daberkow coordinated two defenses that finished in the top five of the nation in terms of yards allowed per game. Led by GPAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American safety Darnell Woods, the 2013 Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the NAIA in pass defense (134.7), No. 5 in total defense (285.5) and No. 5 in scoring defense (17.3). Then in 2015, Concordia put together another dominant defense behind second team All-American Trey Barnes. Among all NAIA teams, Concordia ranked third in pass defense (144.0), fourth in total defense (279.6), fifth in pass efficiency defense (96.7) and 13th in scoring defense (18.7). The 2016 unit wasn't far off, finishing 17th in total defense (328.4). Led by Napier, the defense was the key to a six-game win streak that closed out the 2021 season. Napier finished his career with a school record 535 tackles and was named the '21 GPAC Defensive Player of the Year.

In Daberkow's seven years as defensive coordinator, Concordia produced a total of 29 first or second team All-GPAC defensive selections. Woods became the school's first ever GPAC Defensive Player of the Year. Prior to 2013, Daberkow also served as defensive backs coach. The 2010 team ranked 12th in the NAIA in pass defense.

Daberkow earned his bachelor’s degree in Education from Concordia in 2007 and his master's in Education from Concordia in 2010. He lettered all four years as a defensive back for the Bulldogs. He was a team captain in 2006 and was named 2003 team Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Daberkow is a native of Madison, Neb. He resides in Seward with his wife, Emly, their two daughters, Kinley and Brynn, and son, Roman.

Bulldogs Under Coach Daberkow


2017: 6-4 Overall, 5-3 GPAC

2018: 3-7 Overall, 2-7 GPAC

2019: 3-7 Overall, 3-6 GPAC

2020: 4-4 Overall, 4-4 GPAC

2021: 7-3 Overall, 7-3 GPAC

Total:  23-25 Overall, 21-23 GPAC (5 years)

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Corby Osten

Athletics

Defensive Coordinator

Corby Osten Athletics

Defensive Coordinator

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Hometown: Columbus, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Corby Osten finished his 14th season as an assistant coach with the Concordia University football program in 2021. Following the 2016 campaign, Osten received a promotion to the position of defensive coordinator on Head Coach Patrick Daberkow's staff. A native of Columbus, Neb., Osten continues to also coach the defensive line.

Osten's first year as defensive coordinator yielded three first team All-GPAC selections in defensive backs D'Mauria Martin and Tarence Roby and linebacker Lane Napier. The defense ranked in the top 20 nationally in scoring and pass efficiency. Then in 2018, Napier led all NAIA players with 142 tackles and was again named a first team all-conference selection. Napier is also a four-time AFCA All-American (first team in 2021 and second team in 2020) and a 2018 first team All-America selection by the Associated Press. Prior to Napier (2018-20), Tarence Roby (2017) and Trey Barnes (2015, 2016) were also named NAIA All-Americans by the AFCA. Napier closed his career with 535 career tackles and was named the 2021 GPAC Defensive Player of the Year. The defense played a key role in Concordia's six-game win streak to conclude the 2021 season.

As defensive line coach, Osten has overseen the development of all-conference performers such as Trey Barnes, Dylan Heithoff, Kyle Rakow, Aaron Rudloff and Erik Small in recent seasons. Barnes earned second team All-America recognition in 2015 while leading the nation's fourth-ranked defense (279.6 yards allowed per game). Barnes then moved up to first team All-America recognition the following season. Barnes and Heithoff were both first team all-conference selections.

Osten previously led a Concordia special teams unit that ranked among the nation's best in 2012. The Bulldogs' Derek Blessing led the NAIA with 388 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns and kicker Kenny Zoeller racked up the second most field goals nationally with 15. As a team, Concordia ranked fourth in the NAIA in average yards per punt return (16.6) and 11th in average yards per kick return (22.9). Adam Meirose replaced Zoeller in 2013 and twice earned all-conference accolades, giving Concordia a first or second team all-league kicker for three-straight seasons.

As a player, Osten was a three-year letter winner on the Bulldog Football team. Osten helped the Bulldogs to the 2001 GPAC Championship. Concordia advanced to the quarterfinals of the playoffs during the 2001 campaign. 

Osten was defensive coordinator and junior varsity head coach at Lutheran South Academy (Houston, Texas) from 2004-07. He also spent one year as defensive coordinator at Lincoln Lutheran in 2008. 

Osten attended Concordia University from 1999-2003. He received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with endorsements in Theology and Physical Education. Corby resides in Seward with his wife Amanda, daughter Isla and sons Tyce and Jaxx.

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Grady Koch

Athletics

Assistant Football Coach / Head Junior Varsity Coach

Grady Koch Athletics

Assistant Football Coach / Head Junior Varsity Coach

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Hometown: Doniphan, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Grady Koch immediately began his coaching career following his collegiate playing career as a Bulldog. In the summer of 2021, Koch was promoted to a full-time position as Assistant Football Coach/Head Junior Varsity Coach. Koch coaches an offensive line that produced First Team All-GPAC center Johnny Robinson III in 2021.

Koch previously served Concordia as a graduate assistant coach with a special focus on coaching the offensive line. The 2021-22 academic year represented Koch’s third season on the coaching staff. The native of Doniphan, Neb., graduated from Concordia in 2019 with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education. He went on to earn his M.S. in Athletic Administration.

Throughout his collegiate career, Koch started on the offensive line as a guard and tackle. He was named Honorable Mention All-GPAC and Honorable Mention Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska as both a junior and senior. During Koch’s junior season, he helped pave the way for running back Ryan Durdon to pile up 1,247 rushing yards. The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season at 6-4 overall.

The Doniphan, Neb., native is the son of Bill and Michelle Koch. His sister Madison is currently a member of the Bulldog Dance team.

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Trent Laune

Athletics

Assistant Football Coach / Special Teams Coordinator

Trent Laune Athletics

Assistant Football Coach / Special Teams Coordinator

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Hometown: Ashland, Neb.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Concordia alum Trent Laune will begin his first season as a full-time member of the Concordia University Football staff in 2022. He returned to Seward after most recently serving as the Defensive Coordinator at NCAA Division III Grove City College in Grove City, Penn.

Originally from Ashland, Neb., Laune played linebacker for the Bulldogs from 2004 through 2007 and was named Second Team All-GPAC in 2007. He immediately began his coaching career following his graduation and served as a graduate assistant for the Bulldogs under former head coach Vance Winter. After leaving Seward, Laune landed at NCAA Division III Greenville University in Greenville, Ill., as Defensive Coordinator. Between Greenville and Grove City, Laune possesses a combined nine years of experience running defenses at the collegiate level.

While at Grove City, Laune collaborated on the program’s turnaround and helped the Wolverines produce a combined record of 25-8 over the 2018 through 2021 seasons. Under Laune’s direction, Grove City’s 2021 defense limited the opposition to averages of 254.0 yards and 15.8 points per game. While at Greenville, Laune enjoyed similar success in elevating the defense and aiding the Panthers in a 9-2 campaign in 2013. Laune and the Greenville program produced an NFL free agent signee in Nicholas Morrow, a current member of the Las Vegas Raiders. As part of his duties, Laune proved successful on the recruiting trail in landing student-athletes from 11 different states throughout his career.

Laune will be returning to his roots. He led the 2007 Bulldogs in tackles with 70 while also recording 3.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions. As a graduate assistant at Concordia, Laune coached standouts such as linebacker Jerrod Fleming, a 2011 First Team All-GPAC performer. Laune earned both his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and his Master of Business Administration from Concordia.

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D’Mauria Martin

Athletics

Graduate Assistant Football Coach

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Hometown: Converse, Texas
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

D’Mauria Martin has served as an assistant on the Concordia Football staff since his graduation in 2018. Martin transitioned to coaching after performing as a star defensive back for the Bulldogs. He has worked with the secondary and as a defensive assistant on Coach Daberkow’s staff.

One of the top defensive backs in program history, Martin earned First Team All-GPAC accolades as both a junior and senior. He was also recognized as honorable mention All-GPAC as a sophomore. The four-year starter compiled career totals of 136 tackles, 30 pass breakups and seven interceptions while playing in 41 games. He picked off five passes as a senior in his role as a safety. His three interceptions in the win over Midland in 2017 equaled a program record for a single game.

D’Mauria is the son of Robert and Tameshia Martin. D’Mauria earned his degree from Concordia in Recreation and Sport Studies with a minor in Business.

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James Bailey

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Graduate Assistant Football Coach

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Graduate Assistant Football Coach

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Hometown: Austin, Texas
Alma Mater: Fresno State University

A four-year letter winner on the Fresno State University Football team, James Bailey joined the Concordia University Football staff beginning with the 2021 spring semester. Bailey had previously served as linebackers coach at Glendale Community College (Calif.).

Prior to his role at Glendale, Bailey worked as defensive quality control at his alma mater. At the time Bailey concluded his career with the Fresno State Bulldogs, he had made 40 consecutive starts (most in school history) at linebacker. In 52 career collegiate games, Bailey piled up 257 tackles, including 23 for loss. The Austin, Texas, native helped Fresno State to a Mountain West Conference title in 2018 and two bowl game championships (2017 Hawaii Bowl and 2018 Las Vegas Bowl).

Bailey earned his bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Fresno State. He is pursuing a master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia. James is the son of Lisa and Bryan Bailey and has two older siblings, Rachel and Caleb.

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Courtney Meyer

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Assistant Coach - Kickers / Punters/ Long Snappers

Courtney Meyer Athletics

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Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Courtney Meyer continues to serve Concordia football as an assistant coach following a 19-year run as Bulldog Head Coach from 1990 to 2008. Meyer retired his position as head coach with a record of 70-115-1, making him the program's all-time winningest coach in terms of number of victories.

Meyer's best season at the helm of Bulldog football came in 2001 when Concordia set a school record for wins with a 10-2 campaign that included a GPAC co-championship and berth in the NAIA Football Championship Series. The Bulldogs defeated St. Ambrose (Iowa) 31-26 in the first round before falling, 34-10, in the quarterfinals at the hands of Sioux Falls.

In his current role coaching kickers and punters, Meyer helped 2013 graduate Kenny Zoeller develop into an All-American in 2012. Zoeller made 15 of 20 field goal attempts and 27 of 28 extra point tries in 2012. Zoeller's replacement, Adam Meirose, received second team all-conference laurels in 2013 and first team accolades as a junior in 2014.

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Von Thomas

Athletics, Student Affairs

Multicultural Program Specialist and Assistant Director of Student Life

Von Thomas Athletics, Student Affairs

Multicultural Program Specialist and Assistant Director of Student Life

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Hometown: Miami, Fla.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Von Thomas finished his fifth season as an assistant football coach in 2021. Thomas returned to his alma mater as Multicultural Program Specialist and Assistant Director of Student Life. He coaches running backs on Patrick Daberkow's staff.

Thomas enjoyed a record-setting career on the gridiron. The Miami, Fla., native piled up program career records of 7,260 total yards of offense and 65 total touchdowns while starting at quarterback in each of his final three seasons. He also left Concordia with school single-season records for touchdown passes (21), total offense (2,508), completions (197), passing attempts (334) and completion percentage (59.0). He owns additional career program standards for passing touchdowns (49), completions (510), pass attempts and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,598).

Thomas led the 2013 team to a 6-0 start and No. 14 national ranking. That year's squad finished with a 7-4 overall record.

Von and his wife Daisha live in Seward with their daughter Sophia and son Von III. Daisha serves Concordia as a first year coordinator in academic student services.

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Ron Jackson Jr.

Athletics

Assistant Football Coach
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Ron Jackson Jr. Athletics

Assistant Football Coach

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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Ron Jackson Jr. returned to the Concordia University football staff after previously serving as a two-year graduate assistant coach for the Bulldogs. Jackson works specifically with defensive tackles.

A native of Houston, Texas, Jackson earned second team All-GPAC accolades in 2016 after being named honorable mention all-conference in 2015. Also an Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska choice in 2016, Jackson recorded 105 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, during his four years as a nose guard at Concordia. Jackson helped the 2016 squad to a 7-3 overall record and No. 19 ranking in the final national poll.

Jackson graduated from Concordia with his degree in Business Administration. He is the son of Ronald Jackson Sr. and Danelle Sampia.

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Vince Beasley

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Assistant Football Coach

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Assistant Football Coach

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Kordell Glause

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Assistant Football Coach

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Justin Hoffman

Admissions

Assistant Director of Transfer Enrollment

Justin Hoffman Admissions

Assistant Director of Transfer Enrollment

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Chris Shipley

Athletics

Assistant Football Coach

Chris Shipley Athletics

Assistant Football Coach

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