Head Football Coach
University of Sioux Falls ’07
University of Sioux Falls ’10
Recruiting Territory: South Dakota
Ross Cimpl guided the Dakota Wesleyan University football team to one of its top three seasons in school history in 2013, and the Tigers look poised to improve on that success in 2014.
In his second season as the program’s head coach, Cimpl guided Dakota Wesleyan to an 8-3 overall record, 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.
Special Teams Coordinator
University of Sioux Falls ’07
Dakota Wesleyan University ’12
Recruiting Territory: Nebraska, Arizona (Phoenix area)
Jason Glasco enters his fourth 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 2014.
Glasgo has coached nine 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. 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.
Glasgo received his master’s degree in educational policy and administration from Dakota Wesleyan in 2012.
Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Monmouth College ’10
Dakota Wesleyan University ’12
Recruiting Territory: Northwest Iowa, Southeast South Dakota
Josh Kotecki begins his fourth season with the Dakota Wesleyan University coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2014. 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 enters his second season as an assistant coach this fall.
In his first three seasons with the team, Kotecki has coached eight All-GPAC offensive linemen, including a pair of second-team picks in 2014 in Jake Verry and Kyle Hencke.
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, received his master’s degree in educational policy and administration from Dakota Wesleyan in 2012. He and his wife, Courteney, live in Mitchell.
Assistant Coach/Running Backs
University of Oregon ’10
Andre Chrenshaw enters his second season on the DWU football coaching staff in 2014. He will work with the team’s running backs and full backs this season.
Crenshaw, who helped Francois Barnaud set the school record for rushing yards in a season (1,893) in 2013, 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 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.