Head Football Coach
University of Sioux Falls ’07
University of Sioux Falls ’10
Recruiting Territory: Southeast South Dakota
Since taking over the Dakota Wesleyan University football team, Ross Cimpl has guided the Tigers to three straight winning seasons. Cimpl is 21-14 overall in three season, including an 8-3 record in 2013. In his third season, the Tigers were ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll and remained in the rankings for most of the campaign. The team finished 7-4 overall and 4-4 in the GPAC. Cimpl coached the Tigers to 13 All-GPAC honors in 2014, while picking up six total GPAC Player-of-the-Week awards. The 2014 senior class tied the school record for most wins by one group at 27 over the last four years. Under Cimpl, senior running back Francois Barnaud broke the school career rushing record in 2014.
Cimpl has coached 42 All-GPAC honorees, including nine First Team and 11 Second Team members. There have been two NAIA All-Americans, three Beyond Sports Network All-Americans, 10 Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athletes and one CoSIDA Academic All-American at DWU under Cimpl. Following the 2013 season, Cimpl was named the GPAC Coach-of-the-Year and the AFCA Region 4 Coach-of-the-Year.
Before coming to Dakota Wesleyan, Cimpl spent three years as an assistant coach at USF while pursuing a master’s degree in business administration, which he received in February 2010. He coached everything from the defensive backs to the special teams to tight ends, wide receivers and running backs. Cimpl was a part of the Cougars’ NAIA national titles in 2008 and 2009 and their runner-up finish in 2007. He helped the Cougars to a 42-1 record from 2007 to 2009. Sioux Falls won three straight GPAC titles in those years. From 2002 to 2006, Cimpl was a member of the Cougar football team. He was a team captain in 2005 and 2006, a member of the 2006 national championship team and was named the team’s Special Teams Player-of-the-Year in 2005. Cimpl was on the dean’s list at USF and earned Academic All-American honors in 2005.
Cimpl lives in Mitchell with his wife, Linda. The couple has two sons, Preston and Porter, and a daughter, Charlee.
University of Montana Western ’12
Zach Parks enters his first season as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach with the DWU football team in 2015. He takes over an offense that has set records over the last several seasons in terms of passing and rushing yardage.
Prior to joining the Tigers, Parks was the run game coordinator at the University of Jamestown in Jamestown, N.D., where he helped guide the Jimmies to a 5-5 record in 2014. Jamestown ranked sixth in the nation in total offensive yards per game in 2014 with 288.6. From 2008-2012, Parks coached at his alma mater, Montana Western. He served as the team’s offensive line coach from 2009-2011 and the defensive line coach in 2012.
Parks played college football at Modesto Junior College and Montana Western after graduating from Turlock High School in 2004. Graduated from Montana Western with a degree in history in 2012.
Parks now resides in Mitchell.
Assistant Coach/Linebackers Special Teams Coordinator Recruiting Coordinator
University of Sioux Falls ’07
Dakota Wesleyan University ’12
Recruiting Territory: Nebraska
Jason Glasco enters his fifth season as a part of the Tiger football coaching staff. His first two seasons were spent as a graduate assistant, and he will continue to work with the team’s linebackers and serve as both the special teams and recruiting coordinator as an assistant coach in 2015. Glasco has coached 12 All-GPAC linebackers, including Brady Bonte,who was nominated for the prestigious Cliff Harris Award, given to the top small college defense player of the year in the NAIA. Glasco came to Dakota Wesleyan University after two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls. While with the Cougars, he worked with the team’s defensive backs. Glasco joined the coaching ranks after a successful playing career at Sioux Falls. He was a three-year starter at safety and a two-time All-GPAC Honorable Mention pick. He earned All-GPAC First-Team honors and All-America Honorable Mention honors once. Glasco, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science in 2007, played for the Cougars from 2003 to 2006 and was a part of the 2006 national championship team. Glasco grew up in Sioux Falls and attended Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School. Glasco received his master’s degree in educational policy and administration from Dakota Wesleyan in 2012.
Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers Academic Coordinator
Iowa State University ’09
Recruiting Territory: Southwest Minnesota
Houston Jones enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Tiger football team in 2014. Jones will work with the team’s wide receivers and quarterbacks. In 2013, Jones worked with senior receiver Anthony Muilenburg, who set the school record for receibing yards in a game (251) and finished the year ninth in the NAIA in receiving yards (1,002). The Oklahoma City, Okla., native graduated in 2009 from Iowa State University with a degree in social sciences after a four-year career with the Cyclones’ football team. He recorded 33 receptions for 390 yards in his career, and finished third on the team with 32 catches for 384 yards as a junior in 2008. After graduation, Jones returned to Oklahoma City where he coached football at Western Heights High School and Northeast Academy, his alma mater. In his prep career at Northeast, Jones threw for 4,073 yards and ran for 1,321 more and was an all-state selection.
Graduate Assistant Coach/Defensive Line Video Coordinator
University of Northern Iowa ’12
Recruiting Territory: Northeast South Dakota
Brian Rose enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach for the Tiger football team in 2014. He will work with the defensive line. Rose, a Springville, Iowa, native, played college football at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He played two seasons at Iowa Central before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa, where he graduated in May 2012 with a degree in education. Following graduation, Rose taught social studied and coached football at River Valley Community Schools in Correctionville, Iowa. He served as the offensive and defensive lines coach and special teams coordinator, and helped River Valley make the state playoffs two years in a row. Under his direction, River Valley led the district in nearly all special teams categories. Following his graduation from Springville High School, Rose enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves and served his country while pursuing his education. As U.S. Marine Corporal of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines he was activated to Iraq’s complex and dynamic Al Anbar province in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served in a leadership role as a Team Leader and Squad Leader for 2/24 Echo Company. Rose earned all-conference academic honors and was named an all-district offensive lineman and the team’s defensive MVP at Springville High School. Rose is pursuing his master’s degree in education policy and administration.
Graduate Assistant/Running Backs Coach
University of South Dakota ’12
Kuhlman joins Cimpl’s coaching staff as a graduate assistant and running backs coach in 2015. He will look to help DWU continue its recent run of success on the ground after the graduation of the school’s all-time leading rusher,Francois Barnaud.
Kuhlman, a Wagner, S.D., native, comes to DWU from the University of South Dakota where he graduated in 2012 with a degree in math eduacation. Kuhlman did not play football in college, but was a two-time all-conference performer at Wagner High School where he graduated in 2008.
He is enrolled at DWU and working on a Master’s degree in education policy and administration. He now resides in Mitchell.