Head Football Coach
University of Sioux Falls ’07
University of Sioux Falls ’10
Recruiting Territory: South Dakota
In his first season at the helm of the Dakota Wesleyan University football program, Ross Cimpl guided the Tigers to their second straight winning season. In his second season in 2013, Cimpl looks to expand on that success.
Cimpl led Dakota Wesleyan to a 6-4 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2012. DWU started the season on a three-game winning streak and won four of its first five games. The Tigers finished the year tied for fourth in the GPAC.
The Tigers finished the year fourth in the league and 18th in the NAIA in pass offense per game with 239.7 yards through the air. Dakota Wesleyan was also fifth in the GPAC in total offense per game (364.8). DWU led the GPAC and finished 13th in the NAIA in yards per punt (39.7), and also finished 12th in the nation with just 12 sacks against last season.
Perhaps the Tigers’ biggest win in 2012 was a 28-24 home victory against Doane College, which was No. 20 in the NAIA at the time. DWU played its first home night game in several years to start the season against in-state rival Dakota State, and won 40-14. The Tigers also ended the season with a 21-14 win against Midland University. The Tigers were ranked as high as No. 19 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll in 2012.
Individually, several players had big seasons for the Tigers and vaulted themselves to the top of the DWU leaderboards. Senior running back Josh Endres took over as the school’s all-time leading rusher, and also set the school record for rushing yards in a season. He ran for 1,302 yards in 2012 and finished his career with 3,329 total rushing yards. He finished the year fourth in the nation in yards per game (130.2). Junior quarterback Jon Bane took over as the all-time leader in pass offense (6,894) and total offense (6,982). He also set the school record for passing yards in a game (457) against Hastings College. Senior defensive back Dustin Bergmeier tied the school record with three interceptions in a game against Concordia.
Senior punter Derek Carlson earned AFCA All-American honors in 2012, becoming the 21st All-American in DWU football history. He was sixth in the NAIA in yards per punt at 41.1, and earned All-GPAC Second Team Special Teams honors as well as All-GPAC Honorable Mention accolades for his play at tight end as a senior.
Endres and offensive lineman Nathan Little both earned All-GPAC First Team Offense honors, and Bergmeier and defensive lineman Craig Henglefelt earned All-GPAC Second Team Defense honors. Wide receivers Arthur Brown and Michael Brown, Bane, Carlson, offensive lineman Kyle Hencke and linebackers Mike Barnaud, Brady Bonte, Anthony Cervantes and Jeff Maassen all earned honorable mention status. The 2012 season marked the seventh straight that DWU had 10 or more players earn All-GPAC accolades.
Skyler Eriksen, Tyler Severson and Josh Thompson all earned NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete status, and Eriksen was named to the Co-SIDA Academic All-America College Division Second Team.
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 a son, Preston, and a daughter, Charlee.
Special Teams Coordinator
University of Sioux Falls ’07
Recruiting Territory: Nebraska, Arizona (Phoenix area)
Jason Glasco enters his third 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 recruiting coordinator as an assistant coach in 2013.
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. He was named All-City Defensive Captain and All-State First Team. He also was a member of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader Elite 45.
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Monmouth College ’10
Recruiting Territory: Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota
Josh Kotecki begins his third season with the Dakota Wesleyan University coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2013. Kotecki, who is the team’s offensive coordinator and also works with the team’s offensive line, served as a graduate assistant his first two seasons with the program and will stay on as an assistant coach.
Kotecki joined the Tigers in 2011 after a successful playing career at Monmouth College (Ill.). Kotecki, who graduated with a degree in physical education in 2010, was an assistant offensive line coach at Monmouth that year. He was also an assistant coach at Beloit College, where he worked with the offensive line, tight ends and half backs.
At Monmouth, Kotecki was a four-year starter and a two-time captain. The offensive lineman was named to the All-Midwest Conference First Team three times, was a two-time All-West Region Selection and was named a d3football.com All-American Second-Team selection in 2008. In his four-year career, Monmouth went 35-8.
Kotecki, a Peru, Ill., native, recently received his master’s degree in educational policy and administration from Dakota Wesleyan. He and his wife, Courteney, live in Mitchell.
Graduate Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
Augsburg College ’11
Recruiting Territory: Minnesota
Alex Foster enters his second season as a graduate assistant coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in the 2013 season. He works primarily with the Tigers’ defensive line.
Foster graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., in the spring of 2011 with degrees in exercise science and business administration/economics. He played defensive line at Augsburg, lettering his freshman year, before deciding to end his playing career to focus on his studies and coaching opportunities. While at Augsburg, Foster began coaching at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., in the spring of 2010. He was an assistant coach there for two seasons; one season as cornerbacks coach and one season as wide receivers coach.
Foster, an Estelline, S.D. native, was a four-sport athlete in high school, participating in football, basketball, track and golf. He earned 12 varsity letters while at Estelline High School.
Foster is pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Educational Policy and Administration. He recently married his wife, Amelia. The couple lives in Mitchell.
Graduate Assistant Coach/Fullbacks/Tight Ends
Dakota Wesleyan ’11
Recruiting Territory: Wyoming
Drew Gillogly enters his second season as a graduate assistant coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in the 2013 season. He will continue to work primarily with the team’s wide receivers.
Gillogly returns to the Tiger football program after a one-year hiatus. The Dell Rapids, S.D., native graduated from Dakota Wesleyan with a degree in history education in 2011 after four years with the football team. Gillogly played receiver for the Tigers all four seasons.
Gillogly is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational policy and administration at Dakota Wesleyan.
Assistant Coach/Running Backs
University of Oregon ’10
Andre Crenshaw joins the DWU football coaching staff after several years of playing experience at a variety of levels of football. Crenshaw, who will work with the team’s running backs, graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010 after a four-year playing career with the Ducks.
The Lancaster, Calif., native ran the ball 160 times for 703 yards and eight touchdowns in his career. After graduating with a degree in sociology, Crenshaw moved to Sioux Falls where he played two years in the Indoor Football League with the Sioux Falls Storm. He was a part of the Storm’s IFL championship in 2012. While in Sioux Falls, Crenshaw coached running backs and athletes at the Riggs Premier Football Academy.
Crenshaw graduated from Antelope Valley High School after running for 1,226 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career. He earned Prep Star All-Region honors, and he was also the California state long jump champion as a junior in 2005.
Crenshaw is currently pursuing his masters in educational leadership at Dakota Wesleyan.
Assistant Coach/Wide Receivers
Iowa State University ’09
Houston Jones enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Tiger football team in 2013. Jones will work with the team’s wide receivers.
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.