Chris Luther, who also serves as an assistant professor of health and human performance at Concordia, completed his first season on the Bulldog women’s soccer staff in 2018-19. He was elevated to the head coaching role in July 2019. Originally from Helena, Mont., Luther has familiarized himself with the Nebraska soccer scene since his days as a student-athlete at York College, where he graduated from in 1994.
In his first season working with head coach Greg Henson, Luther helped the Bulldogs to a 13-3-5 overall record and a spot in the GPAC tournament championship game for the fifth season in a row.
Luther returned to his alma mater to coach the men’s soccer team from 1998 – 2008 and again from 2009 – 2012. Luther also served as head coach for the Panther women from 2001 – 2004. Additionally, Luther has experience as a camp director and high school coach, including a coaching stint at Monterey High School in Lubbock, Texas, and most recently at York High School. During his career, Luther has been honored as the National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region Coach of the Year twice (2001 and 2002) and as the Texas District 6-5A Coach of the Year in 1997.
Prior to his coaching career, Luther reached significant heights as an athlete. A member of the York College Hall of Fame, Luther twice collected National Small College Athletic Association All-America honors while serving as a team captain. He led the Panthers to NSCAA national titles in 1990 and 1992. As a high school coach in Texas, Luther also stayed active as a member of the Tri-State Indoor Soccer League’s Lubbock Lasers.
Luther possesses a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) National ‘C’ License. He graduated from York with a degree in secondary education (7-12 mathematics). He earned his masters of education in outdoor education from Southern Adventist University (Tenn.).
Chris has two children: Jorre and Aislinn. Jorre is currently a freshman on the Concordia football team.
Chris Luther's Academic Programs
The exercise science program at Concordia University, Nebraska offers you the opportunity to advance your knowledge, skills and abilities while staying current with innovative research by utilizing state-of-the-art human performance laboratory equipment. Here, you will learn how to apply the gifts God has given you to enhance the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing of others.
Concordia University, Nebraska’s pre-athletic training program will prepare you to attend graduate school to continue your education in athletic training. Through traditional coursework and hands-on experiential training, you will gain not only the pre-requisites required to apply to the graduate school of your choice, but also develop a variety of skills that will be necessary in clinical practice as a certified athletic trainer practicing in the field of sports medicine.
Public Health and Fitness
A degree in public health and fitness from Concordia University, Nebraska prepares you to develop and advocate for effective health programs, where you can implement policies that enhance the health of individuals, groups and communities. You’ll combine theory-based public health and fitness courses, laboratory experiences and internships to provide you with practical, career-focused skills in nutrition, biomechanics, global health, psychology, epidemiology, stress management, human anatomy and more.
Recreation and Sport Studies
At Concordia University, Nebraska, the recreation and sport studies major is designed to give you an experiential education. Take classes in orienteering, adventure activities and alpine skiing, among others. Learn about planning and management of PE courses, recreational activities, sports and facility management.