Tom Rethman is in his sixth year as the Chargers' head football coach. Rethman came to Briar Cliff following assistant coaching stops at various NCAA I-AA (Illinois State, Southern Illinois) and NCAA DIII (Knox College, Carroll College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) institutions.
Nick Taylor is in his first year as the Briar Cliff football program’s defensive coordinator. Taylor replaces Justin Mohning, who served in the role for one season. Taylor came to Briar Cliff from Bethany College, in Lindsborg, Kan., where he served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and eventually interim head coach.
Taylor coached at Bethany for six years, also serving as the program’s strength and conditioning coach and team community service coordinator as well as the institution’s intramural director. This past spring he also served as an assistant coach with the Salina Bombers indoor football team, overseeing the squad’s offensive line. Prior to coaching at Bethany, Taylor spent two seasons (2005, 2006) as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Eureka College, in Eureka, Illinois. While there, he also taught physical education classes and served as the school’s intramural director.
Taylor, a native of Oelwein, Iowa, played collegiately at Sterling College, in Sterling, Kansas. In 1999, the center was selected to play in the All-American Bowl. Taylor earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Sterling College and later his master’s degree in sports science with an emphasis in sport coaching from the United States Sports Academy. Out of college, he got into coaching at MicGill-Toolen High School. From there, he went to Morningside, where he served as an assistant coach, from 2001 until 2005. During that time he also served as a strength and conditioning coach, equipment manager and as a hall director.
Taylor, a member of both the FCA and the AFCA, has been highly involved in numerous camps over the years as both a director and a clinician. He has also been involved in the community and is known for supporting causes and organizations he is passionate about such as Relay for Life and St. Jude’s. At each of his last two stops, he served as an FCA Huddle Leader and he founded the huddle at Eureka.
Nick, his wife, Trace and their daughter, Maggie, reside in Sioux City.
Sean Davidson is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach with the Charger football program and will coach the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Davidson served last season as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Cornerstone Charter Academy in Orlando, Florida. He brings quarterback experience to BCU as he played the position from 2007-09 at Methodist University.
Sean Kelly is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Briar Cliff football program. This season, Kelly will oversee the Chargers' defensive line.
Curtis Lilly is in his first season as assistant coach with the Briar Cliff football program will be responsible for coaching the running backs. Lilly’s coaching experience includes football, basketball and track as he was the head boy’s track coach at Bellevue East High School in Bellevue, Nebraska last year while also coaching the Mission Middle School football team in the Bellevue School District. Prior to Bellevue, Lilly was an assistant football coach at Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School where they were the 2008 Missouri River Valley Champions and led Class 4A in rushing yards with 3968. From 2007-08, Lilly served as the defensive line coach at Waldorf College and was head football coach at Santa Fe Trail High School from 2006-07. He was head football and boys track coach and assistant boy’s basketball coach at Remsen-Union High School from 2001-06.
Lilly has college and semi-pro football experience as a player as he was the center and long snapper at East Mississippi Community College from 1982-83. He then moved on to Pillsbury Baptist Bible College where he was Second Team Upper Midwest Collegiate Conference defensive player in 1984. Lilly was the starting tight end for the Iowa Sharks from 2006-08 and 2011 and was part of the 2008 Central States Semi-Pro Football League championship team.
HS: Five-time letterwinner for the Panthers of Spring Lake Park High School (four in football, one in wrestling)...
Personal: Son of Paul and Colleen LaBelle... Criminal Justice Major... one of his hobbies is hunting... favorite fast food restaurant is Taco Bell... if not for football he would want to be in wrestling.