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.
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 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.
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.