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JAKE MANDELKO  | Defensive Coordinator

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 | Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach

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.

DARIUS SAVAGE  | Offensive Line Coach
Darius Savage joins the Beaver football coaching staff for his first season in 2017 and will serve as the team's offensive line coach.

Savage has most recently finished the 2017 IFL Season as a member of the Nebraska Danger Offensive and Defensive Line.  He has enjoyed a career that has taken him to multiple Arena Football Leagues as well as CFL and NFL tryouts as an offensive lineman.  Savage was a two-year starter on the offensive line for UCLA where he received his bachelor’s degree in History.  He was also an All-American thrower for the Bruin track team while at UCLA. As a junior, he tossed a lifetime best 61' 0.25" in the indoor shot put to earn the honors before heaving the discus 176' 1.0" outdoors.

Savage has previously served as the OL/DL coach at his high school alma mater; Morse High School in San Diego, as well as serving as an assistant coach for Hastings College while in Nebraska.

Savage will reside in Storm Lake.
JEREMY CURRY  | Outside Linebackers Coach
Jeremy Curry joins the Beaver football staff in 2018 as Outside Linebackers Coach.  He had currently been serving as a teaching assistant within the Johnson City (N.Y.) School District before arriving at BVU.

Curry's most recent coaching stint was as an assistant at SUNY Alfred State College in 2016 as special teams coordinatory and defensive line coach.  He also spent time at Rochester Community and Technical College as a linebackers coach and was part of a program that went 11-1 and was a national championship participant.  His first coaching stint was at Joliet West High School (Ill.) where he was the linebackers/defensive line coach.  He was part of a staff that helped guide the team to its first playoff berth since 1989.

Curry earned his bachelor of science degree in communication studies from Western Illinois University in the fall of 2014 and was also a member of the Leathernecks football team.
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 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 conference 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 remains 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.

ADRIAN DAVIS | Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator
Adrian Davis begins his second season as a member of the Buena Vista football coaching staff in 2018.  He served as the team's defensive line coach in his first campaign and will now also add the role of Special Teams Coordinator starting in 2018.

Davis brings a wealth of both coaching and playing experience to the program.  Just prior to arriving at BVU, he served as the defensive line and special teams coordinator for the Arena Football League's (AFL) Nebraska Danger.

Prior to moving into the coaching ranks, he was also a player for the Danger from February 2012-July 2015.  He was an All-AFL player in 2013 and was part of three straight conference championships (2013-15).  He totaled 266 career tackles, 21.5 sacks and six interceptions.

He moved to the Danger coaching staff after having spent three years coaching at the high school level.  He was defensive line coach at Burke High School (Neb.) in 2015 after serving as defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at Northwest High School in Grand Island, Neb., in both 2013 & 2014.

A native of Rosenburg, Texas, Davis earned a scholarship to play football at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. He went on to become a three-year starting defensive lineman for the Razorbacks and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team as a true freshman. He served as team captain in 2009-10 and led the defense in sacks twice.

Davis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and criminal justice from the university in 2010.

Following his collegiate career, Davis spent one season playing for the St. Louis Rams organization.

KELSEY LEWIS | Football Operations Coordinator

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.