Coach Pries enters his third season as the Cardinals Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. Before accepting the position at Concordia Ann Arbor Coach Pries had been the head football coach of his alma mater, Concordia University Chicago (CUC) since 2006. He returned to CUC after the Cougars went winless in 2004 and 2005. Since taking over the program Pries led the Cougars to a 42-29 record, including three 8-2 seasons and a 10-1 record this past season. The Cougars won two Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) championships and made an NCAA III playoff appearance in 2012 under Pries guidance. For his efforts at Concordia Chicago Pries was named NAC Coach of the Year this past season and was named NAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Prior to heading back to his alma mater Pries coached a combined 13 years at St. John Lutheran High School in Ocala, Florida and Milwaukee Lutheran High School in Wisconsin. He was given the task of rebuilding both of the school's programs. Among his former players is Nick Roach, the Chicago Bears strongside linebacker in their 4-3 defense.
Lonnie Pries playing career was equally impressive. Pries played defensive end for Concordia Chicago from 1989-1992. He was named 2nd Team All-Conference his first three seasons and then earned the Illini-Badger Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year award and was named Honorable Mention All-American his senior season. Pries not only excelled on the field but in the classroom as well as he earned CoSIDA 2nd Team Academic All-American honors. For his efforts with the Cougars Pries was inducted into the Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
Coach Pries had this to say about his new opportunity, "I feel greatly blessed for this opportunity here at Concordia Ann Arbor. Being able to lead the football program and this great athletic staff is something I am surely thankful for. I'm looking forward to being able to work closely with CUAA's student athletes and am extremely excited and proud to do so."
Pries earned his B.A. in Secondary Education/English from Concordia University Chicago and his M.S. in Education-Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2001. He and his wife Jennie are the parents of Kaylie, Aliyah, and Layne.
For questions about the Cardinals' Football Program or with Concordia Athletics feel free to contact Coach Pries at [email protected] or by phone at (734) 904-4685
Chance Childers enters his third season as Associate Head Football Coach at Concordia University Ann Arbor.
Before joining the Cardinals, Childers spent the last 7 seasons managing athletic programs and sports camps in Southeast Michigan. Prior to that, Childers coached high school football in Houston, Texas and Michigan while pursuing a career in the business world.
Childers is a former college teammate of Coach Pries at Concordia University Chicago, where they were coached by Jim Braun.
Coach Childers resides in Southgate, MI with his wife Franci, also a Concordia Chicago alum and their two boys, Jake (15) and Joel (13).
Joshua Schumacher enters his third season as the Cardinal’s defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach.
The fall of 2014 marked the best season in program history for the Concordia defense. Defensively, the Cardinals improved in every statistically category. The defense ranked 2nd in the country for total sacks (42), 20th in total defense (323 ypg) and 16th in rushing defense (120 ypg). Schumacher helped mentor 1st team AFCA All-American linebacker Takari Johnson to repeat as the Mid-States Association defensive player of the year.
Schumacher comes to Concordia after previously serving as a teacher and coach at Faith Lutheran HS (Las Vegas, NV) for five seasons (2008-2012). As the defensive coordinator Schumacher helped lead the Crusaders to make multiple playoff appearance while transitioning through three state classifications. While at Faith he coached 28 football players to all-conference recognition and eight to All-State. He also coached one wrestler to a state championship.
Before arriving in Las Vegas, Schumacher coached at his alma mater Concordia University Chicago as the Cougar’s running backs coach during the 2007 season.
Schumacher was a four-year letter-winner and captain at Concordia University Chicago. Overall, he played 35 games as a Cougar and totaled 155 tackles along with 15 tackles for a loss.
Schumacher graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and mathematics. He received his master’s degree in athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2012.
A Connecticut native, Schumacher graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 2003. Joshua and his wife Laura have a son Griffin (1) and currently reside in Ypsilanti.
Andrew Rode will be entering his first season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Cardinals.
Rode comes to Concordia from Greenville College where he served as the offensive coordinator for two years and helped the program amass a 16-4 record. Both seasons, the offense was ranked 3rd in Total Rushing in the country. In 2013, the offense averaged 473ypg placing them 18th in the NCAA, and in 2014, Rode led Greenville College to 29th in the NCAA in Total Offense rolling up 467ypg. During his five seasons at Greenville the team went 38-14 with three NCCAA Victory Bowl appearances.
Prior to Greenville, Rode coached wide receivers at Anderson University in Indiana.
After growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Rode graduated from Wabash College with the highest 4 year win total in school history at 40-7. He was a part of a class that won four consecutive NCAC conference championships and was a three year letter winner as a wide receiver as he served on the servant leadership council. Rode also ran track and was a three year letter winner and NCAC All-Conference high jumper.
Andrew and his wife Joy were married in 2011. They currently live in Ypsilanti and are expecting their first child shortly.
Coach Glennie enters his third season as a member of the Cardinal Football Staff after 24 years of coaching experience that has taken him from coast to coast. After growing up in Orange County California and graduating from Canyon HS in Anaheim Hills, CA, Coach Glennie attended San Diego State, Cal State Fullerton and Central Michigan University. During his time in California, Coach Glennie coached at Clairemont HS as a linebacker coach. Once moving to Michigan he then joined the coaching staff of Mt. Pleasant HS until 1991. During his years as an assistant coach from 1987-1995, Coach Glennie has coached every position on the field. In 1996, Coach Glennie and his wife, Cindy, returned to Michigan where he served as head football coach at three schools over the following 16 years. Coach Glennie has been a head football coach in southeastern Michigan from 1996-2011 spending five years at Capac HS (’96-’00), one year at Swartz Creek HS (’01) followed by ten years as the head football coach at Saline HS here in Washtenaw County (’02-’11).
Coach Glennie has lead his teams to 8 playoff appearances, 4 Region Finals and 1 District Championship. Most importantly, his athletes have developed tremendous character and work ethic while growing into quality young men.
Coach Glennie is also a certified strength and conditioning coach and has served as a national clinician for Bigger Faster Stronger since 2002 putting on strength and conditioning clinics for high school athletes and coaches around the country.
Coach Glennie has earned his BS in Physical Education and English as well as his MA in athletic administration from Central Michigan University. He and his wife Cindy are both teachers in the Saline school district. They have been married for 20 years and have three children – Micayla (16), Morgan (15) and Mason (11).
“I am excited and honored to be part of the Cardinal Football Family and look forward to building success through character, commitment and team!”
Caleb O'Hara begins his third season with the Cardinal's defense.
O'Hara graduated from Wittenberg University with a bachelor of science degree in Education (Middle School Science and Social Studies) in 2013. He played two years of collegiate football at Wittenberg at linebacker and spent the past two seasons as a student coach working with the Defensive Line. While at Wittenberg the overall record of the program was 40-6, while winning three conference championships and making three Division III playoff appearances, going 3-3 in those games.
O'Hara is pursuing his masters degree in Educational Leadership at Concordia.
David Lawrence enters his second season as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at CUAA. Coach Lawrence will work with all of Concordia's athletic programs working with the athletes on their strength, endurance, and nutrition. Lawrence, a graduate from Central Michigan University (2009) was a 4 year letter winner in football for the Chippewas and was part of 2 Mid-American Conference Championship teams in 2006 and 2007. Upon graduation, Lawrence started his career as a strength coach at the Poliquin Performance Center in Chicago, where he worked with over 20 NFL and professional hockey players as well as high school and college athletes. In 2012, he moved back to Metro Detroit and opened his own personal training and sports performance center, Michigan Elite Conditioning for Athletes (MECA). There he and his staff currently train over a dozen professional and Olympic athletes as well as some of the top business owners and CEOs in the Detroit Area. Lawrence obtained his (C.S.C.S) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and he has achieved his level 3 status as an international certified strength coach through the Poliquin Strength Institute (P.I.C.P).
Coach Lawrence is known for helping his athletes’ gain incredible results in a very short amount of time. At his performance center, the average athlete gains 22 pounds of muscle in 12 weeks and increases their bench press by 60 pounds. Some of his clients include.
Nick Bellore - New York Jets Linebacker and Special Teams Ace. Bellore has trained with Lawrence the previous 4 years and in that period of time he went from being an undrafted free agent to one of the most productive special teams’ players in the NFL. Bellore has also received the IRON JET award as the strongest player on the team each of the previous 3 seasons.
Alison Heydorn - Guyana National Soccer Team. In 2010, Heydorn was named National player of the Year as she led the Guyanese women’s soccer team in goals and to the counties first appearance in the Gold Cup.
Jason Megna - Pittsburgh Penguins Forward. After training with Lawrence, Megna went on to have his best season in juniors and accepted a Division I scholarship to Nebraska Omaha where he went to light up the CCHHA and was drafted the next year by the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 3 short years after training with Lawrence Megna went from playing in juniors to scoring goals for the Pens in NHL games.
Mike Repovz - Central Michigan Right Tackle. Repovz trained with Lawrence for the 2013 NFL Combine. In just 14 weeks, Repovz went from 271 pounds at 28 percent body fat to 298 pounds and 18 percent body fat, a gain of 40 pounds in lean muscle while increasing his 225 Bench Press from 11 reps to 23.
Lawrence is married and has two children. Lawrence and his family reside in Walled Lake, MI.