Head Football Coach
University of Sioux Falls ’07
University of Sioux Falls ’10
Recruiting Territory: Southeast South Dakota
Ross Cimpl guided the Dakota Wesleyan University football team to a third-straight winning season since he took over the program. In his third season with the Tigers, the team was 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. The 2014 season included several thrilling wins, including fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories over the University of Wisconsin Stout and Doane College. Against Stout, DWU rallied with 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to open the season with a win. Barnaud finished with 22 carries for 282 yards and a pair of scores against Stout. Down 23-7 with less than nine minutes to play, the Tigers came alive against Doane with 20 straight points to win 27-23. Jared Van Winkle spurred DWU with a pair of interceptions in the fourth quarter, while Barnaud finished the game with 175 yards rushing.
In his second season as the program’s head coach, Cimpl guided Dakota Wesleyan to an 8-3 overall record in 2013, marking just the third time in school history the Tigers have won eight or more games in a season. The last time was in 1992, and the only other time was in 1976. In light of his success, Cimpl was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year, and also the American Football Coaches Association NAIA Region 4 Coach-of-the-Year. He was one of five head coaches from around the NAIA to earn the honor. In 2013, Cimpl coached five GPAC players-of-the-week. He helped the team set school records for points (329) and total offense (4,547) in a season, and he watched as one individual game, season and career record fell. Francois Barnaud set the record for rushing in a season (1,893) and Anthony Muilenburg set records for receiving yards in a game (251) and receptions in a career (225). Under Cimpl’s guidance, the Tigers won seven of their last eight games and finished the year ranked 20th in the NAIA. Fourteen athletes earned All-GPAC honors at 15 positions, and sophomore linebacker Brady Bonte was one of just eight underclassmen nominated for a national defensive player-of-the-year award. DWU’s biggest win of the year came when it upset 20th-ranked Doane College, but the Tigers also beat two teams receiving votes in the NAIA. Dakota Wesleyan came one yard short of tying the game against No. 21 Northwestern early in the season, but a long drive ended a yard short of the goal line as time expired. Muilenburg earned the second AFAC All-American honor of his career in his senior season after being named to the second team as a wide receiver, making him just the third football player in DWU history to earn multiple All-American honors. He finished the season ninth in the NAIA in receiving yards (1,002), 10th in total catches (65) and 11th in receiving yards per game (91.1). Muilenburg, Barnaud and Bonte were all named to the 2013 Beyond Sports Network All-America Team: Barnaud to the second team, Muilenburg third and Bonte honorable mention. Barnaud, Muilenburg and Bonte all earned All-GPAC First Team honors, and Muilenburg also earned honorable mention accolades as a punt return specialist. Jake Verry and Kyle Hencke both earned All-GPAC Second Team offense, and Eric Gruis and Matt McManus earned second team defense accolades. Jon Bane, Eric Witte, Anthony Cervantes, Tanner Munk, Matt Tuttle, Skyler Eriksen and Jeff Maassen were named honorable mention. Barnaud finished the season ranked second in the NAIA in total rushing, rushing per game (172.1) and third in all-purpose yards (2,109). Skyler Eriksen and Eric Lundberg both earned NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors, and the duo also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 honors. 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.
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.