Head Football Coach
University of Sioux Falls ’07
University of Sioux Falls ’10
Recruiting Territory: South Dakota
Ross Cimpl begins his first season as head football coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in 2012 after being named the 32nd head coach in program history earlier this year.
Cimpl – a Wagner, S.D., native – begins his first head coaching stint after spending two seasons as the Tigers’ defensive coordinator. He has been at Dakota Wesleyan since March 2010, and his presence on the field has helped DWU become one of the best defensive teams in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
In 2011, the DWU pass defense was ranked second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and 21st in the NAIA, giving up just over 160 yards per game. The Tigers also tied for third in the conference and 10th in the NAIA in opponent first downs (154), were third in the GPAC in turnover margin and second in the league and eighth in the NAIA in sacks per game (2.8). In 2010, he helped guide the Tigers to their first shutout of a GPAC opponent when they beat Concordia University 56-0. In two seasons, Cimpl has coached one All-GPAC First-Team selection, five second-team picks and 10 All-GPAC Honorable Mention selections, as well as three NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
Cimpl takes over a squad that went 6-4 and started the season on a five-game winning streak for the first time since 1992 in 2011. Dakota Wesleyan returns nine of its All-GPAC selections in 2012, including All-American wide receiver Anthony Muilenburg and running back Josh Endres. In 2011, the Tigers set team records for total passing offense (2,944). Muilenburg set the school record for receiving yards in a game (233), and he paired up with quarterback Jon Bane for the longest pass and reception in school history (99). Bane set the record for passing offense in a season (2,817) and kicker Leif Evers set the record for field goals in a season (10) and career (17) after two years with the program.
Dakota Wesleyan had 18 different players earn All-GPAC honors at 19 different positions in 2011. Six players earned All-GPAC First Team honors, including Muilenburg – who was also named to the second team, marking the second straight season he was honored at two different positions. The Tigers led the GPAC and were fourth in the NAIA in pass offense (294.4) and finished second in the league and sixth in the nation in total offense (409.6) in 2011.
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.
Dakota Wesleyan University ’06
Recruiting Territory: Colorado (303, 720, 970), Southern California
Zeke Prado begins his third season with Dakota Wesleyan in 2011. This is Prado’s second stint as a coach at DWU and third stint overall at the school.
Prado, who was the wide receivers coach from 2005-07, begins his third year as the team’s quarterbacks coach in 2011. He has also coached for the Rosemead Rebels organization, at San Gabriel High School, East Los Angeles College and Temple City High School.
Prado started his college football career with Chuck Lyons College of the Canyon and John Cicuto at Glendale Community College before transferring to Dakota Wesleyan before the 2001 season. In his two-year career as a wide receiver for the Tigers, Prado caught 88 passes for 1,078 yards and 13 touchdowns. He is among DWU’s leaders for career receiving yards, single-season receiving yards, career receptions and single-season receptions. Prado, who was also a kick and punt returner, was a two-time All-GPAC Honorable Mention selection.
After completing his playing career at DWU, Prado earned a B.A. in sports and exercise science and a master’s degree in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. He is the cofounder of Legends of Character, a nonprofit organization that works with parents and student-athletes and uses academics and athletics as a tool to continue their education.
Prado lives in Mitchell.
Graduate Assistant Coach/Linebackers
Special Teams Coordinator
University of Sioux Falls ’07
Recruiting Territory: Nebraska (402), Idaho (208), Arizona (602, 623, 480)
Jason Glasco enters his second season as a graduate assistant coach for the Tiger football team in 2012. He works with the team’s linebackers.
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.
Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Monmouth College ’10
Recruiting Territory: Wyoming, North Dakota, Northern California
Josh Kotecki begins his second season with the Dakota Wesleyan University coaching staff as a graduate assistant coach in 2012. Kotecki, who works with the team’s offensive line, joined the Tigers 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, is pursuing a master’s degree in educational policy and administration. He and his wife, Courteney, got married in July.
Graduate Assistant Coach/Defensive Line
Augsburg College ’11
Recruiting Territory: Minnesota (507), Fort Worth Area, Texas
Alex Foster enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in the 2012 season. He will work 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/Wide Receivers
Dakota Wesleyan ’11
Drew Gillogly enters his first season as a graduate assistant coach at Dakota Wesleyan University in the 2012 season. He will 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.
Student Assistant Coach/Offensive Line
Student Assistant Coach/Tight Ends
Student Assistant Coach/Offensive Line