Record: 2-8 Home: 2-3 Away: 0-5 Neutral: 0-0 IIAC: 1-6
2012 Football Coaches
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Paul Mierkiewicz - Head Coach - 2nd Season

Paul Mierkiewicz enters 2012 in his second year as the head football coach at Loras College, returning to his alma mater where he was a four year member of the team and member of the coaching staff from 1992 until 1998. Mierkiewicz previously served as the head coach at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska since 2001.


Under Mierkiewicz's direction, the Broncos went 65-41. His 65 wins are third most in Bronco history. He also served as the offensive coordinator and assistant athletic director from 1998 to 2001. The offense broke 12 school records during the 1999 season and also finished the regular season undefeated for the second consecutive year.


Mierkiewicz graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education with teaching credentials in 1989 from Loras College. He served as the running back coach and head strength coach starting in 1992 until he was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1994. Mierkiewicz earned his master's degree in 1995 at Loras College in physical education with an emphasis in Athletic Administration.


"Loras College is a wonderful place with tremendous people and tremendous student-athletes, and I'd be lying if I said it didn't feel like a bit of a homecoming for me." Mierkiewicz said upon his hiring.

"And (the city of) Dubuque just continues to show what a great place it is to live and work."


Mierkiewicz is a native of Morton Grove, Illinois. He and his wife Heather have two daughters, Jensen and Abigail. His time spent in the Catholic education system includes both his time at Loras College and at Notre Dame High School (Niles, Illinois).

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Steve Helminiak - Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

Steve Helminiak joins the Duhawk staff in 2011 and returns to Loras where he was a former assistant coach and player from 1986 to 2000. Helminiak has nearly twenty years of coaching experience and serves as the offensive line coach for the Duhawks for the second straight season in 2012. 


He graduated from Loras in 1991 with a degree in business management. After a four year playing career as a Duhawk, Helminiak then joined the Loras College staff as a student assistant and working his way up to the offensive coordinator position at the conclusion of his first go-around with the Duhawks in 2002. Helminiak also served as the offensive coordinator at Rockford College until 2006. Helminiak came back to his alumnus from Southern Oregon University, where he served as the head coach since 2006.


During his time at Southern Oregon, Helminiak coached one AFCA and five VSN All-Americans. He also coached the 2009 NAIA Independent Offensive Player of the Year and the fourth best receiver in receptions and yards in SOU history. Helminiak compiled an 11-6 record versus NAIA opponents, including a 4-1 record against perennial NAIA power Azusa Pacific.

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Josh Edwards - Assistant Coach - 5th Season

A native of Pella, IA, Josh attended Central College in Pella (1999-2003), where he received his B.A. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. While at Central he was a four year member of the football team. He also served two years (2001-2003) as an intern in the strength and conditioning department. After graduation he worked one year (2003-2004) as the Assistant Strength coach under Jake Anderson.

Josh attended Winona State University in Winona, MN (2004-2006) to work on his Master of Science in Educational Leadership. While at Winona State he worked as the Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for two years. After finishing his schooling Josh stayed at Winona State, changing roles to Director of Football Strength & Conditioning and Defensive Line coach (2006-2007).

During the (2007-2008) school year Josh was the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. He was in charge of the Men's and Women's Golf and Tennis programs, and assisted with the football program.

Presently, Josh is in his fourth year as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loras College and this spring was named the Defensive Coordinator for the Duhawks. He continues to have a role with the linebackers.

Josh handles all the strength, conditioning, agility, and nutritional development for all 21 athletic teams at Loras.  

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BJ Main - Assistant Coach - 4th Season

BJ Main is a 2005 graduate of Loras College and quarterback with the Duhawks under former head coach Bob Bierie. Main earned his degree in Criminal Justice.


He returned to the staff in 2011 after previously serving for two years on the staff in 2006 and 2007. During Main's time in a Loras uniform, the team won over 20 games.


BJ work with the wide receivers for the Duhawks. He resides in Dubuque.

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Rob Goode - Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Rob Goode is in his first season as the Duhawks' running backs coach after joining the staff last winter. The 2012 season will be his first as a member of the Loras College coaching staff. 


Goode was most recently at the University of Montana Western where he served as wide receivers coach and assistant strength coach. From 2005-07, he worked at his alma mater – Rockford College – while he pursued his master's degree as a graduate assistant. With the Regents, Goode coached the linebackers and coordinated the team's academic programming.


Goode also spent time at the high school level in Durand, Illinois and Urbana, Illinois.


He earned both his bachelor's (Physical Education-2005) and master's (Secondary Education/Teaching-2007) degrees from Rockford College. While an undergrad with the Regents, Goode was a co-captain of the football team, made the ESPN The Magazine All-District Academic Team, and was a two-time All-UMAC pick.

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Connor Doyle - Student Assistant - 1st Season

Connor Doyle is a defensive intern for the Duhawks.  He will work with defensive backs.


Doyle, a Decorah, Iowa, native, will graduate in Spring 2013 with a degree in social studies/secondary education and a minor in coaching from Winona State University in Winona, Minn..  Before coming to Loras, Doyle served as a volunteer assistant at Decorah High School.

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Michael Gainey - Assistant Coach - 1st Season

Michael Gainey is entering his first season as the Duhawks defensive backs coach after joining the staff during the off-season.  The 2013 season will be his first as a member of the Loras College coaching staff.


A Streamwood, IL native, Michael attended Illinois Wesleyan University where he received his bachelor’s degree in History.  While at Illinois Wesleyan, Gainey was a four year member of the Titans football team.  He was a two-year letter winner, and was a part of two CCIW conference championship teams.


Gainey was most recently at Robert Morris University, where he served as the assistant defensive line and linebackers coach.  Along with being the defensive assistant, Gainey was also the scout special teams coordinator.  While at Robert Morris, he pursued his master’s degree in Business Administration, and graduated in December 2011.

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David Zoeckler - Assistant Coach