Jake Mandelko has been hired as the new defensive coordinator for the Buena Vista football team beginning in 2017.
Mandelko 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.
Joe McLain joins the football coaching staff in 2018 and will serve as the team's offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
McLain was a receivers coach at his alma mater, Chadron State College (Neb.) from 2012-15 and was quarterback coach and offensive coordinator at Chadron (Neb.) High School from 2010-11. He served as quarterback coach at Douglas (Wyo.) High School when the team captured a state championship in 2009. During his playing days at Chadron, he was a two-time team MVP, named the league offensive player of the year and a finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy. The team captured three undefeated conference titles and made three playoff appearances.
Prior to arriving at BVU, he had served two years as a shift manager for Reinhart Foods where he oversaw more than 60 warehouse works and was in charge of performance standards and meeting the companies expectations.
McLlain received his bachelor of science degree in math education (7-12) from Chadron State in May of 2010. While there he also earned his coaching endorsement before going on and receiving his master's degree in organizational management - sports management in May of 2012.
Lewis has been hired to serve as the Football Operations Coordinator starting in 2018 and is also serving as an admissions counselor on campus.
She earned her bachelor's degree in sports management from Alfred State College in May of 2017 where she also spent time working event and gameday operations and with facilities management. She was a team manager for the college's football program and handled various tasks for the program ranging from equipment to video of practice and games.
From January to June of 2017, Lewis was a game management intern at Binghampton University and assisted in the day-to-day operations of events.