Marc Kolb enters his first year as the Head Football Coach at Graceland University. During his coaching campaign, he has coached 17 All-Americans, including two Harlon Hill Finalist quarterbacks. He arrives at Graceland from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, where he was the NCAA Division II Offensive Coordinator. Kolb improved their scoring by more than 60 percent during his tenure.
Before coaching at Lindenwood, Kolb was at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, from 2007-15. He was the offensive coordinator every season, the Associate Head Coach the last eight years and the recruiting coordinator for two seasons. He helped Tusculum set 23 NCAA Division II records, and he coached 12 All-Americans, 16 All-Conference performers, three conference Offensive Players of the Year and one conference Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. In 2008, he helped the program make its first NCAA playoff appearance, earn a win at the South Atlantic Conference Championship and achieve its highest-ever national ranking.
Kolb coached Bo Cordell and Corey Russell, two Harlon Hill Finalist. Cordell still holds the NCAA Division II records for career total offensive yards and career passing yards. Kolb's 2010 squad led the nation with 424.8 passing yards a game.
Prior to Tusculum, Kolb was the offensive coordinator at Missouri S&T from 2002-06 and the Assistant Head Coach for two years. He helped lead the Miners to their first winning season and back-to-back winning campaigns for the first time in over 20 years. His 2006 offensive led the nation with 350.9 passing yards a game. He helped set nearly every Missouri S&T offensive record during his time there, and set or tied five MIAA records and three NCAA Division II records. While at Missouri S&T, he coached three All-Americans and 13 all-conference players.
From 1998-01, Kolb was an assistant coach at Fairfield University, an NCAA FCS school in Fairfield, Connecticut. He was the defensive line coach his first season, the offensive coordinator from 1999-2001, and was also the assistant head coach in 2001. He helped the program go 31-11 in his four seasons at the school, and the team won the 1999 MAAC Championship. Kolb coached two All-Americans and 16 All-Conference players, including the school's all-time passing and receiving leaders. His offenses ranked in the top 12 in scoring offense in the nation twice in three years, and his 1998 defense was first in the nation in total defense and rushing defense.
Kolb coached at the NCAA Division III level from 1995-97. In 1997, he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Framingham State, and in 1995-96, he was the special teams coordinator, offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coach at Curry College.
Kolb is a former player at Brown University from 1990-94. He was a multiple-year starter at the center position. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from the school in 1994.
He resides in Lamoni with his wife Lisa, and three children, Matthew, Hannah and William.
Dan Lemke enters his first season as the Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Graceland University.
Lemke arrrives at Graceland following a three-year stint at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where his defense forced 72 turnovers in three seasons.
The 2016 season marked Coach Dan Lemke's third season at Northwestern Oklahoma State University as Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Secondary Coach and Director of Strength and Conditioning. Lemke's defense showed consistent improvement during his time.
In the 2015 campaign, the Defense as a whole earned rankings as first in the GAC & Nation, at the end of regular season play, in fumbles recovered, first in the GAC for 4th Down Conversions & third in the GAC for team sacks. In addition to these impressive rankings, the Ranger Defense also finished the regular season first in the GAC and fourth in the Nation for turnovers gained with an impressive 32, 13 being interceptions and 19 being fumbles recovered.
Individually the Ranger Defense racked up some notable achievements with the first All-American Honors as a Division II institution. Lemke moved to the Defensive Line from the Secondary in 2015, where he coached many stand-outs. During that season, Lemke coached an All-American Defensive Lineman who ranked second in the conference for sacks, fourth in forced fumbles and third in tackles for loss. Another one of his Defensive Lineman finished sixth in the GAC for sacks and shared the top spot in the GAC for fumbles recovered with his teammate. In the Secondary, a student-athlete ended the season as first in the GAC and fifth in the Nation for interceptions and second in the GAC and 22nd in the Nation for passes defended.
2014 was Lemke's first season as Defensive Coordinator at NWOSU and he made an immediate impact on the Ranger Defense. In 2014, two athletes, Alex Hemberger (LB) and Joby St. Fleur (DE) earned all-conference honors.
Lemke's Defense held rival SWOSU to only 6 points in the final game of the 2014 season putting an end to what had been a story of losses for the Rangers in the past 19 years of NWOSU vs. SWOSU matchups.
In December of 2014 Lemke was the Head Coach of the NCAA Division II team at the annual NCAA DII vs NAIA Bowl Game. Under the leadership of Coach Lemke the NCAA team beat the NAIA team 38-10 breaking what had been a losing streak. Lemke nominated Ranger Alex Hemberger to play in this All-Star game, and later coached him in it.
Prior to NWOSU Coach Lemke spent the past three seasons as Defensive Backs Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at Upper Iowa University. During his time there, the Peacocks made dramatic improvement in their pass defense, going from the bottom 15 percent nationally to the upper 40th percentile.
In 2013, Lemke's final season there, Upper Iowa finished 6-5 for its first winning season since making the move up from Division III in 2004. Two of Lemke's defensive backs earned postseason All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) honors. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Lemke was also instrumental in helping upgrade the facilities at Upper Iowa. He helped spearhead the research and design portion of the school's new $400,000 weight room renovation project.
Prior to Upper Iowa, Lemke held a similar position at Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Ind.
Lemke coached a two-time Preseason All-American who twice landed on the GLFC's First Team All-Conference list; he was also named Co-Defensive Back of the Year by the GLFC's coaches after the 2010 season.
Lemke broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minn., working extensively with the Husky secondary and outside linebackers, while also assisting on special teams. He completed work on his Masters of Science in Sports Management in 2009.
Lemke had a four-year career as a safety at Western Michigan University; he also served as a volunteer member of the athletic department's strength staff. Lemke earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science there in 2005.
Coach Lemke is married to the former Theresa Hoffman and they have a son, Curtis James.
Justice Clegg enters his fifth season on the Yellowjacket coaching staff as the offensive line coach, second season as the Run Game Coordinator and first as the Recruiting Coordinator. He will also coordinate the team's community service throughout the year. In his five years as the offensive line coach Justice has coached 11 all conference players and served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for three years.
Justice came to Graceland from Missouri Valley College where he served as a graduate assistant. In his three seasons there he coached outside linebackers, tight ends, tackles and was a strength and conditioning coach. While at Missouri Valley College he was also the JV Head Coach calling the defense his first year and the offense his second year.
Before making his way to MVC, Coach Clegg coached one year at MacMurray College where he was the defensive line coach. While at MacMurray College he had the opportunity to coach two all-conference players.
Clegg, a native of Lompoc, Calif., started his collegiate football career at Dixie State Community College (Utah) before transferring to Upper Iowa University where he was a three-year varsity starter on the offensive line.
He graduated from Upper Iowa University in 2009 with a BA in Fitness and Wellness. He earned his MA in Sport Management in 2013 from Missouri Baptist University.
Clegg currently resides in Lamoni and enjoys listening to music, being outside and traveling in his free time.
Nate Robinson enters his fourth season on the GU football coaching staff . He is in his first season as the Running Backs/Academic Coordinator/Head JV Coach. Previously, he served as the wide receivers/special teams coach. He comes to Graceland from Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) where he coached running backs and wide receivers.
Before making his way Allegheny, Coach Robinson coached at MacMurray College (Jacksonville, IL) for three years where he served as wide receivers coach and academic coordinator for athletics.
Robinson, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, played at MacMurray College where he was a four year letter winner, three year starter, two-time all-conference athlete and team captain.
Coach Robinson graduated from MacMurray College in 2010 with a BA in Sport Management with minors in Business Management and Coaching.
He currently resides in Lamoni with his wife Leslie and enjoys listening to music, anything that involves sports, and traveling (Florida Beaches) in his spare time.
Mike Brown enters his first year as the Linebacker Coach/Equipment Manager for Graceland University.
Brown arrives at Graceland following five seasons at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Throughout his time, Brown held multiple positions, moving from a Student Assistant/Director of Personnel to Graduate Assistant to Assistant Coach.
From 2014 to 2016, Brown served as the Defensive Line Coach. In 2013, he worked as the Inside Linebacker Coach and in his first season he was the outside linebacker/strong safety coach. His duties included, but were not limited to: coordinating community service activities, assisting with fundraising activities, practice planning, managing the offensive scout team, positional meetings, recruiting, and equipment management.
Over his time at NWOSU, Brown coached First-Team All-Great American Conference selection Joby Saint Fleur. Fluer was also a First-Team All-Region selection and Honorable Mention All-American before going on to be signed as a Free Agent by the Miami Dolphins. Brown also coached Second-Team All-GAC Alex Hemberger.
Beyond coaching collegiately, Brown served as an Assistant Linebacker Coach at South County High School where he assisted with practices and position meeting as well as helped manage the weight room. He also worked with the NYAA Lincoln Sharks to teach the fundamentals of the game.
Coach Brown graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Hearth and Sport Science. He also minored in Exercise and Sports Psychology. He is currently pursuing his Master's in Coaching Education from Ohio University.
Marc Wilson enters his first season with the Graceland University Football program. He will serve as the defensive line coach.
Wilson arrives at Graceland from Heart of America Athletic rival Avila University. With the Eagles, he served as the defensive coordinator and coached the linebackers. He helped improved the defense in all seven major statistical markers.
Before Avila, Wilson served as the head football coach at Missouri Military Academy for three seasons. He also served as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma Panhandle State University (NCAA DII), and three seasons as the defensive coordinator with the River City Rage (St. Louis) from the Arena League.
He also has served as a coach for the US National Football team and as a Master Trainer for USA Football.
Wilson has coached four NCAA DII All-Americans, and also has multiple former players playing professionally, mostly in Europe and in the Arena League.
Wilson, a former All-Academic SEC football player at the University of Kentucky, earned a degree in Exercise Physiology. He lettered his final two seasons after walking on for his first two seasons. Wilson holds a masters in Sports Psychology from the University of the Rockies.
Coach Wilson and his wife, Amy, have three children, Nick, Blake and Abagail.
Bill "Duke" Dudek, a 1965 graduate of Graceland, is a long-time faculty member and coach at Graceland University. While he has taught and coached in a variety of areas, he is currently most recognized for his work with special populations and integrating local school children into his classes to enhance the experience for his students as well as the children.
Graceland alumnus Dewey Clark begins his 12th year as religious life coordinator for the Jacket football team.
Clark's last coaching position was in the mid-1970s, when he coached four years at Willamette University, two years with the wide receivers and two years with defensive backs.
Clark is a familiar face to Graceland due to his recent 11 years of service in admissions for the university and the four years he attended Graceland College in the sixties. In 1960, Clark was a starting defensive back for the Yellowjackets. In 1961, he chose to play on the Leeward Ali'is semi pro football team in Oahu, Hawaii, where he was a starting wide receiver and corner back.
From 1962-66 he was called to service with the United States Marine Corps, spending time in Vietnam in 1965-66. In the spring of 1967 Clark returned to Graceland and played football from 1967-69, gaining unanimous all-conference accolades and team captain honors.
Clark attended Graceland College, St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Co. At Graceland, Clark received his bachelor's degree in physical education.
During his stay at Graceland, Clark was the Lamoni City Marshall from 1968-70, then was a member of the Salem, Ore. police department from 1970-78. His accomplishments there include participating in SWAT school, teaching both motor officer training for the California Highway Patrol school and officer survival classes in Salem.
Prior to his time on the hill, Clark was an appointee minister for the Community of Christ Church in Colorado. He was also an administrative assistant to the stake president of the Denver stake.
Dewey enjoys spending time with his grandchildren-Keiki and Colton. He is also an avid gardener, specializing in cultivating hostas and shade gardening. He also plays tennis, racquetball and is a first degree black belt in karate.