JAKE MANDELKO | Defensive Coordinator
Jake Mandelko has been hired as the new defensive coordinator for the Buena Vista football team beginning in 2017.
Mandeklo was a four-year safety while playing collegiate football at Nebraska-Kearney. He served as a team captain as a senior in 2009 while also earning Division II All-American honors. He was a two-time First Team All-District (2008 & 2009) and First Team All-Rock Mountain Athletic Conference in 2009.
Following a strong collegiate career, he went on to serve as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2011-14. During that time, he helped coached the defensive backs and served in a defensive quality control capacity. His teams were consistently rated in the top of the country in pass efficiency defense.
Mandelko then moved on and had spent the last two years serving as the defensive coordinator at Hastings College before moving onto BVU. He also served as defensive backs coach and a recruiting coordinator for the Broncos.
Mandelko graduated from UN-K in May 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in sports administration.
KYLE OTINERU | Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator
Kyle Otineru joins the Beaver football coaching staff beginning in 2017 and will serve as the team’s offensive line coach and run game coordinator.
Otineru has seven years of coaching and four years of collegiate playing experience under his belt. He spent the last two seasons as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. Prior to that, he spent time as the defensive line coach at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., from 2014-15 and was also an offensive line coach and scout team coordinator at his alma mater of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. (2010-14).
During his time spent coaching the offensive line, his teams have consistently ranked high nationally. In 2016, he coached an offensive line that produced the 20th-ranked total offense in NAIA. While at Linfield, the offense ranked first in DIII in scoring offense and ranked in the top-20 in total offense each season. Those teams went a combined 41-5 overall and finished each season ranked in the top-10 by d3football.com.
Otineru was an offensive lineman himself while playing for Linfield. During his four years, the team went a combined 30-10 overall and was the national semifinalist in 2009. He was part of an offensive line that ranked 19th nationally in 2009 in sacks allowed per game (0.85).
A native of Honalulu, Hawaii, Otineru went on to earn a business degree from Linfield in 2010 before obtaining a master’s degree in physical education from Hastings in 2015-16.
BRODY ROHACH | Wide Receivers Coach
Brody Rohach joins the Beaver football coaching staff in 2017 as a wide receivers coach.
Rohach spent the last two seasons (2015 & 2016) as a graduate assistant coach at DII Central Missouri. He helped guide the running backs and worked with special teams for the Mules while also assisting with recruiting and fundraising duties. In those two seasons, he coached a pair of All-MIAA Honorable Mention players. The Mules offense finished fourth in rushing in 2015 and third in total offense in 2016, including nearly 160.0 rushing yards per contest.
During his collegiate playing days, Rohach was a member of both the University of San Diego (2010-11) as well as Wayne State College (2012-14). He was a an Academic All-Conference selection at both institutions.
He received a bachelor of science in sports communication degree from Wayne State in 2014 with a concentration in organizational leadership and public relations while minoring in history. He graduated Summua Cum Laude.
AUSTIN DICKINSON | Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Austin Dickinson is set to begin his sixth season on the coaching staff in 2017 at his alma mater and is primarily in charge of the defensive line.
In 2015, Dickinson helped coach a defensive line that had three individuals ranked in the top-15 in sacks during IIAC play.
Austin spent his first two season on staff assisting with coaching one of the top offensive lines in the conference. BVU had the league's top passing game and was among the leaders in rushing and fewest sacks allowed.
He made the switch over to coaching the defensive line beginning in 2014 and coached a group of players that combined for 15 sacks on the year and 37.5 tackles for a loss.
Dickinson was a four-year letterwinner while playing defensive tackle for the Beavers from 2006-09, registering 123 total tackles, including 14 for a loss. He tallied a career-high 45 stops as a senior, while chalking up a career-best 6.5 for a loss as a junior when the team finished 7-3 overall.
After graduating in the spring of 2010 with a degree in sports management, Dickinson went on to serve two years as an assistant with the Minot State University program, working with the offensive line and tight ends.
Austin, a native of Woodbine, and his wife, Whitney, reside in Storm Lake.
TREVOR BERNEKING | Defensive Ends Coach
Trevor Berneking joined the Beaver football coaching staff in 2015 and is set to begin his third season assisting with coaching the defensive ends.
Berneking, who arrived at BVU in 2014, is also the university's Director of Recreation Services.
He came to Storm Lake after having served seven years as the Director of Athletic Media Relations (SID) at Missouri Western St. University in St. Joseph, Mo., as well as spending time as a graduate assistant at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
A native of Grand Marais, Minn., he graduated from Cook County High School in 2000. He then went on to play four years of football at the University of Minnesota-Crookston and was a two-year captain and an NSIC All-Conference selection as a defensive lineman. Following his playing career, he served as a student assistant for one year.
Berneking graduated from UM-C in December of 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sport and recreation management and business management with an emphasis in marketing. He also received a minor in coaching. In the spring of 2007, he received his master's degree in physical education, health and coaching.
He and his wife, Mandie, who is the head softball coach at BVU, reside in Storm Lake.
CHAD HUSTEDT | Defensive Backs Coach
Chad Hustedt begins his second season on the Beaver sidelines in 2017 and will be in charge of coaching the team's defensive backsrunning backs.
During his first year on staff in 2016, Hustedt served as the running backs coach as BVU averaged better than 150ypg on the ground and had one individual rank third in the IIAC during confernece play in rushing yards per game (104.0).
Before stepping foot on campus, Hustedt spent six years as an assistant football coach for Ridge View High School in Holstein, Iowa. He served as defensive coordinator during his first four seasons before taking over the offensive play-calling duties during his last two. In 2015, he was named the district's Offensive Assistant Coach of the Year after the team went 9-2 and passed for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 TD's.
During his final year as defensive coordinator (2013), the Raptors tallied 14 total interceptions and finished the year at 9-2 overall. The team held opponents to less than 10 points in three straight games midway through the year.
In addition to his football duties, he also served as the Raptors' head boys golf coach and reamins a fourth grade teacher within the school district.
Hustedt was a collegiate student-athlete himself at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa where he played four years on the Mustang football team. In his four years, he was named the team's defensive MVP as a sophomore and junior before landing team MVP honors as a senior.
The Galva, Iowa native was tabbed an NAIA All-American defensive back as a sophomore before earning First Team accolades his final two seasons. He was also a three-time All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) performer. As a senior in 2007, Hustedt was named the GPAC Defensive Player of the Year.
He finished his stellar playing career with 410 tackles and 19 interceptions while helping lead the team to a 38-10 overall mark. The Mustangs also qualified into the NAIA playoffs each season.
Hustedt resides in Storm Lake with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children: Paisley (4), Presley (2) and Grady, who was born in June.