Coaches
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Tom Rethman
Head Coach/OC- 7th Season

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. 

Rethman spent seven seasons as the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  In 2007, his offense led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in fewest turnovers, while ranking second in rushing offense and passing efficiency.  The Titans were third in total offense and averaged 28.2 ppg.  Prior to coaching at Wisconsin Oshkosh, Rethman was the offensive coordinator at Carroll College for two years.  In one season, he helped the Pioneers' team improve from last in total offense and scoring offense to third in both categories. 
 
Rethman is a 1992 graduate of Knox College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in history and was a four-time letterwinner at defensive back.  He then spent one season at Knox as an assistant coach, overseeing the wide receivers and tight ends.  He then served as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois for a year before completing his graduate studies at Illinois State.  At Southern Illinois, Rethman worked with the defensive backs and outside linebackers, while at Illinois State, he coached the tight ends, offensive line, kickers and punters for two seasons.  After earning his master's degree from Illinois State in 1996, Rethman returned to his alma mater where he served as offensive coordinator for three years.  He also coached the quarterbacks, kickers and punters.     
 
Rethman and his wife, Michelle, have four children; daughters, Devin, Tara and Jenna, and son, Garrett.
 
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Nick Taylor
Defensive Coordinator- 1st Season

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.

 
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Joe Schmitz
Assistant Head Coach/OL- 1st Season
Joe Schmitz is in his fourth year as an assistant with the Charger Football Program. Schmitz will serve as the team's offensive line coach and assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to coming to Briar Cliff, he served three years as an assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Prior to that, he started 42 games for the Titans of Oshkosh, where he was a three-year all-conference center.   
 
The Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin native earned his undergraduate degree from Oshkosh in 2009 and his master's degree in 2010.  Schmitz, his wife Jenni and son Cameron reside in Sioux City.
 
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Cory Miller
Assistant Coach- DB/ST- 1st Season
Cory Miller, a native of Marshalltown, Iowa, is in his first year as the Chargers' defensive backs and special teams' coach. He came to Briar Cliff following one season at Illinois College, where he held the same position.
 
"Cory brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for special teams," said Rethman. "Being from Central Iowa, Cory is going to help with in-state recruiting, especially around Des Moines."
 
Miller also oversaw Illinois' special teams units and all travel arrangements. His defensive backfield led the conference in interceptions and was ranked in the top 10 nationally in that department. Prior to that, Miller was the defensive backs coach and special teams' coordinator at MacMurray College in 2010. In one season, he helped to drastically improve the Highlanders' defense. At MacMurray, Miller's recruiting focused on junior colleges and the state of Missouri.
 
Miller began his coaching career at Northern Iowa, while he was earning his undergraduate degree. He served as a student assistant coach there, helping out with the team's running backs. He earned his bachelor's degree in 2005. In 2006, he became a graduate assistant at Southwest Minnesota State University and was promoted to defensive line coach after one season. His recruiting terrain included Iowa, Southern Minnesota, Dallas/Fort Worth, Florida and Las Vegas. He remained at Southwest Minnesota State until 2008, when he became the defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Rockford College. While there, he also served as the team's academic coordinator and managed the college's intramural program. He focused his recruiting efforts on Northwest and Central Illinois, Northern Chicago and Florida. He earned his master's degree from Rockford in 2010, but not before serving as the college's men's tennis coach for one year.
 
 
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Sean Davidson
Assistant Coach- WR- 1st Season

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. 

 
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Julian Lee
Assistant Coach- LB- 1st Season
 
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Sean Kelly
Assistant Coach- DL- 1st Season

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.

 
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Curtis Lilly
Assistant Coach- RB- 1st Season

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. 

 
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Chase Colvin
Assistant Coach - H-Backs- 1st Season
 
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Andrew Jindra
Assistant Coach - H-Backs- 1st Season
 
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Alex Berg
Student Assistant- 2nd Season
 
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Chase Collins
Student Assistant- 2nd Season
 
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Eddie Ficklin
Student Assistant- 1st Season
 
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Marquette Harper
Film Coordinator- 1st Season
 
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Giles LaBelle
Film Coordinator- 2nd Season

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.

 
 
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