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Jason Weides

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Head Men's Soccer Coach

Jason Weides Athletics

Head Men's Soccer Coach

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

Jason Weides completed his 12th season at the helm of the Bulldog men's soccer program in 2019. He spent several years as an assistant for the men's team before becoming head coach. Weides is 117-89-24 overall and 58-52-15 in the GPAC in his career.

The 2015 season marked a high point in Bulldog men's soccer history as Weides led the program to its first-ever GPAC title and first-ever national tournament appearance. Concordia accomplished those feats by knocking off each of the conference's top-three seeds on the road during its GPAC tournament run that culminated with a 1-0 upset of No. 19 Hastings in the championship game. The 2015 squad finished with an overall record of 11-7-3.

The 2015 group initiated an active run of three GPAC title game appearances in a row. In 2017, Weides steered the Bulldogs to a program record shattering 16 victories while marching to another conference final meeting with rival Hastings. A third-place finisher in 2016, Concordia moved up a rung into a tie for second in the final 2017 conference regular-season standings. Over the 2015 through 2018 seasons, the Bulldogs went a combined 6-3-2 in GPAC postseason action.

Under Weides, Concordia has won 10 or more games in nine-consecutive seasons (100-56-19 over that stretch) - a feat only two other GPAC schools have accomplished. Weides notched the 114th victory of his head coaching career on Sept. 21, 2019, making him the winningest coach in program history (passing Dr. Jack Kinworthy).

The 2017 team broke another school record while winning seven conference games. In 2014, the Bulldogs defeated Doane, 1-0, in the conference tournament to advance to the semifinals for the first time in more than a decade. In the midst of going 22-13-3 over the 2011-12 seasons, Weides guided the Bulldogs to 10-consecutive home wins, a streak that spanned from Aug. 27, 2011, to Sept. 26, 2012.

From 2010-13, Weides helped develop forward Nathan Douglas into one of the top players in the history of the program. Douglas broke the school's career goals record in 2013, finishing with 43. Douglas earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and senior and was named to the second team as a sophomore.

Weides is a native of Kearney, Neb. and an alumnus of Concordia. While attending school at Concordia, he played soccer and was a four-year letter winner for the Bulldogs. He a two-time all-conference selection.

Weides' coaching resume includes serving as an assistant coach at Concordia under former head coach Bill Schranz in 2002. He also spent time at Kearney High School where he was an assistant coach from 2003-05, helping the team to its first state tournament appearance since 1998. During Weides' time at Kearney, he also was the head coach of the Kearney Sublime club soccer team. He then returned as an assistant at Concordia from 2005-08.

Weides has been involved with Athletes in Action and the Seward County Soccer Club. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Commercial Art from Concordia University in 2002. Jason and his wife Erin reside in Seward with their son Isaiah.

Bulldogs Under Coach Weides


2008: 6-10-2 Overall, 4-6-2 GPAC

2009: 4-13-1 Overall, 2-9-1 GPAC

2010: 7-10-2 Overall, 4-7 GPAC

2011: 11-5-3 Overall, 5-3-2 GPAC

2012: 11-8 Overall, 4-6 GPAC

2013: 10-9 Overall, 6-4 GPAC

2014: 10-6-4 Overall, 5-2-3 GPAC

2015: 11-7-3 Overall, 4-4-2 GPAC

2016: 11-7-2 Overall, 6-3 GPAC

2017: 16-3-1 Overall, 7-2 GPAC

2018: 10-5-4 Overall, 6-2-3 GPAC

2019: 10-6-2 Overall, 5-4-2 GPAC

Total:  117-89-24 Overall, 58-52-15 GPAC (12 years)

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Luke Batters

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Graduate Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
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Graduate Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

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Hometown: Runcorn, England
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

A former two-year starter on the back line for the Bulldogs, Luke Batters has returned to the program as a graduate assistant coach for Concordia University Men’s Soccer.

Batters was a starter for the 2016 and 2017 Bulldog squads. The ’17 team set a new program record for wins in a season by going 16-3-1 on the way to another GPAC tournament championship game appearance. Batters played a key role in holding opponents to a combined 10 goals over 20 games during that campaign.

A native of Runcorn, England, Batters graduated from Concordia with a degree in Fitness Studies.

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Jack Bennett

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Goalkeeper Coach
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Goalkeeper Coach

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Hometown: Oxford, England
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

A former standout goalkeeper for the Bulldogs, Jack Bennett joined the Concordia University Men’s and Women’s Soccer staffs beginning in 2020-21. Bennett works with the keepers for both teams.

A native of Oxford, England, Bennett enjoyed a fine collegiate playing career. He was twice named both Second Team All-GPAC and NAIA All-Plains Region. Bennett’s career included a 23-6-1 record as a starter, 125 saves and eight clean sheets. Bennett’s fondest single memory on the field was his game-winning penalty kick save against Midland in the 2018 GPAC quarterfinals. Bennett was the team MVP and team captain of the ’18 squad.

He was also a key figure for the 2017 team that went 16-3-1 overall while setting a school record for most wins in a season. Furthermore, Bennett earned three GPAC Defensive Player of the Week awards and ranked in the top 20 nationally for goals against average in 2017. After his collegiate career, Bennett played semi-professionally for the St. Louis Lions (USA), Nebraska Bugeaters (USA), Bradford Park Avenue AFC (UK), Stratford Town FC (UK) and Kettering Town FC (UK).

Bennett is a qualified FA level 2 coach with experience running private goalkeeping sessions and goalkeeping camps from the youth level up to U18.

Bennett earned his bachelor of arts in Fitness Studies while minoring in Business at Concordia. He is currently pursuing an MBA. Jack is the son of David and Roisin Bennett. He has a sister named Keeva.

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Nick Holmes

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Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

Nick Holmes Athletics

Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

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Hometown: Southampton, England
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska

Nick Holmes is in his eighth season as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Concordia University. He served three years as an assistant for the Bulldog women’s soccer program from 2008-10. Holmes served as an assistant for the GPAC tournament championship team of 2015 and for squads that recorded conference tournament runner-up finishes in 2016 and 2017. The 2017 team shattered the program record for wins in a season.

Holmes has also lent his expertise to several local organizations, camps and clubs. He worked as a staff coach for the Capital Soccer Association from 2010-13 as well as a staff coach for Sporting Lincoln FC in 2013 and 2014. In addition, he has served as a residential camp staff coach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for three years (2012-14). Most recently, Holmes has been the head coach for Seward High School boys soccer.

Holmes holds a National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) National Diploma and NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I and II diplomas.

A former Bulldog athlete, Holmes played for the Concordia men’s soccer program in 2005 and 2006. He graduated from Concordia with a bachelor of arts in history and M.S. family life.

The native of Southampton, England, resides in Seward with his wife, Jen, and their two sons, Andrew and Samuel.