Tom Rethman is in his eighth year as the Chargers' head football coach. Rethman led the Cliff to a 2-9 record last season. In his seven seasons, Rethman is 17-60 overall as the head coach of the Chargers. He owns two of the winningest-seasons in program history with four wins in 2013 and 2009. Rethman's Chargers set three new school records during the 2014 season with most rushing yards in a season (1,337), most rushing yards per game (121.5) and most sacks in a game with five agaisnt Dakota Wesleyan. 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 second year as the Briar Cliff football program’s defensive coordinator. Taylor coaches an aggressive defense in 2014 with the defensive line tying the school record for most sacks in a game with five against Dakota Wesleyan and the team finished with the second most sacks in a season with 19. Taylor also helped safety Kenny Hanes achieve first team all-conference honors.
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.
Andrew Krause is in his first year as the Chargers' special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Coaching the defensive secondary is a strength of Krause's as he has been coaching defensive backs in some capacity since 1989, with nine different teams. Krause was in Tucson, Arizona from 1989 through 2010 coaching defensive backs at a combined seven different high schools or colleges. He got his start at Palo Verde High School and coached there from 1989-91 before moving on to Canyon Del Oro High School from 1996-99. Krause was at Catalina High School in 2000 and then coached at Ironwood Ridge High School from 2001-05. He then moved up to the college ranks for two years (2006-07) at Pima Community College before heading back to high school and coaching at Santa Rita High School from 2008-09 where he helped the team reach back-to-back state championship games. Krause spent the 2010 season at Sahuaro High School before moving to Winfield, Kansas and coaching for four seasons (2011-14) at Southwestern College. He then served as defensive backs coach at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas for part of 2015 before agreeing to join the Charger football program. Krause was also the defensive backs and wide receiver coach for the USA under 19 All-Stars at the Global Challenge Bowl in Japan in 2009 and France in 2010.
While at Southwestern, Krause was also the co-defensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014 and ranked 17th in the nation in pass defense in 2014. Krause produced a first team All-American free safety in the 2013 season. Off the field, Krause served on Southwestern's Athletic/Academic Council and was the football academic coordinator.
Sean Davidson is in his second season as an assistant coach with the Charger football program and will coach the wide receivers. Davidson served as the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Cornerstone Charter Academy in Orlando, Florida in 2013. He brings quarterback experience to BCU as he played the position from 2007-09 at Methodist University.
Julian Lee is in his second season as an assistant coach on the Briar Cliff coaching staff. Lee will be responsible for coaching the linebackers in 2015.
Sean Kelly is in his second year as an assistant coach with the Briar Cliff football program. This season, Kelly will oversee the Chargers' defensive line.
Eddie Ficklin is in his second year as an assistant coach for the Briar Cliff football team. Ficklin coached the defensive backs last season and will be responsible for teaching the defensive backs again in 2015.
Ficklin played cornerback for the Chargers in 2012 and 2013, appearing in 19 games between the two seasons. He finished his Charger career with 93 tackles, eight pass breakups and two interceptions. Ficklin's best year was his senior season with 54 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions, returning one for a TD.
Alex Berg is in his third season as a student assistant coach with the Briar Cliff football team. Berg will serve as the running backs coach in 2015.
The 2015 season will be Kenny Hanes' first season as a student assistant coach with the Charger football program and will be hte outside linebackers coach. Hanes joins the staff a year after suiting up for the Cliff when he was a first team all-conference selection in 2014. Hanes started all 11 games for BCU at safety in 2014 and led the team in tackles with 118 to go with 4.5 tackles-for-loss, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Hanes finished his Charger career with 205 tackles, eight pass breakups and six interceptions.
Giles LaBelle is in his third season as the film coordinator for the Briar Cliff football team.