Record: 1-9 Home: 0-5 Away: 1-4 Neutral: 0-0 IIAC: 0-7
Steve Helminiak
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Steve Helminiak - Head Coach - 3rd Season

Steve Helminiak joined 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 third straight season in 2013.


On December 17, 2013 he was named Head Coach following three games at the end of the 2013 season as Interim Head Coach. 



“To begin, I’d like to thank Loras College President Jim Collins, Director of Athletics Bob Quinn, Associate Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen, the Hiring Committee, and all those involved in the selection of the 27th head football coach at Loras College,” Helminiak said. “I believe in the mission of Loras College as a premier Catholic Liberal Arts College, producing principled thinkers and caring professionals.”


“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, honored to be named, and humbled by the responsibility.  I am excited to continue working with the outstanding young men we currently have in the program and equally excited to recruit quality student-athletes that will not only help to rebuild the Loras football program, but will also contribute to our campus academically, spiritually, and socially.”


“I also want to thank my wife Kelli and our children, whose encouragement and support have been crucial. We are thrilled about remaining at Loras College and the Dubuque community.  We are a Loras Family, and look forward to giving back to Loras College, a place that has given us so much!”


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.

2013 Football Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Brendan OatesSRWR6-2190Chicago, ILSt. Patrick
2Andrew ReedFRDB6-2180Dubuque, IASenior
3Dan VatchSOWR5-8170Elmhurst, ILImmaculate Conception
4Louie OswaldSRK/WR5-10171Dubuque,IAWahlert
5Dave PirkleJRDB6-0160Frankfort, ILMarist
6Mike CanevelloSRDB6-2187McHenry, ILMcHenry
7Kyle BergquistSRRB6-0225McHenry, ILMcHenry Community
8Nate EvenJRWR5-11185Cedar Rapids, IAXavier
9Dylan JonesSRQB6-0210Bettendorf, IABettendorf
11Thomas RoseSOQB6-0185McHenry, ILMcHenry
12Keontae NeelySODB5-8145Denver, COMontbello
13Anthony AdamsSOQB6-0170Orland Park, ILSandburg
14Nik SchulteSOQB5-11165Anamosa, IowaAnamosa
15Tom ZoecklerJRTE6-1210Iowa City, IAIowa City High
16Jordan SchultzFRQB6-1192Winthrop, IAEast Buchannan
17Dimitri VillanuevaFRDB5-11177Aurora, ILWaubonsie Valley
18Nicholas NunleySRP6-1185Homer Glen, ILLockport Township
19Danny WillisFRRB5-10154Morrison, ILMorrison
20Jon PowersSOTE6-2198Dubuque, IASenior
21Zayne MooreSORB5-10185Dubuque, IASenior
22Wes BowersFRDB6-0175Dubuque, IASenior
23Hasani MorrowSODB5-8155Park Forest, ILRich East
24Grant MeyerSODB5-10165Wheaton, ILWheaton-Warrenville South
25Nate CarrierSORB5-11200Shullsburg, WIShullsburg
26Bryan HermannFRDB6-2170Tinley Park, ILTinley Park
27Sam BurdsSODB6-0185Epworth, IAWestern Dubuque
28Tim MikeworthSODB6-0185Woodridge, ILMontini
29Ben SavorySRP5-9245Evergreen Park, ILSt. Laurence
30Damon DaviesFRLB5-11200Flossmore, ILHomewood-Flossmore
31Chris WalkerFRRB5-11186Lake Geneva, ILBadger
32Giovanni DiazFRDB5-11165Chicago, ILBonito Juarez
33Reid MahoneySODL6-2210Waukon, IAWaukon
34JP AweSOLB6-2175Lake In The Hills, ILMarian Central Catholic
35Zach TadeFRRB6-1195Elkader, ILCentral Community
36Calvin SmithSRRB6-3244Monee, ILJoliet Catholic
37Tim WeberSRDB5-11185Homer Glen, ILLockport Township
38Tucker BradyJRLB5-9170Dixon, IlNewman Central Catholic
39Ian WhiteFRLB5-10160Winslow, IALena Winslow
40Tim MankaFRRB5-10194Lincolnshire, ILStevenson
41Mark TilkesFRLB5-11188Evergreen Park, ILBrother Rice
42Alex MeyerFRLB6-1181Rosecoe, ILHononegah
43Mitch PowersSOLB6-3210Dubuque, IASenior
44Calvin HarridgeFRLB6-2210Morrison, ILMorrison
45Clayton SmithFRLB6-2200Monee, ILJoliet Catholic
46Logan KuehlSOLB5-11215Morrison, ILMorrison
47John BelovichJRLB5-9190Hinckley, ILAurora Central Catholic
48Milan WiliamsFRDL5-11196Chicago, ILGordon Tech
49Dannon AndersonFRLB5-11196Nevada, IANevada
51Jesse BlusSOLB5-11225Dubuque, IASenior
52Skylar PurifoyJRLB5-8210Roscoe, ILHononegah
53Frank PehlkeSODL5-11210Mokena, ILLincoln Way East
54Matt BrodsackFRDL6-0172Cedar Rapids, IAPrairie
56Zach LindstormFRDL6-1245Elgin, ILElgin
57Andrew CashFRDL5-11220Mokena, ILSt. Rita
58Erik McDowellSODL6-1252Bolingbrook, ILBolingbrook
60Tate FergusonFRDL6-0200Waddell, AZShadow Ridge
62Paul RiceFROL6-0261Merritt Island, FLMerritt Island
63Will TumbergerSRDL6-1210Mount Prospect, ILSt. Viator
64Chris SullivanSRDL5-9245Plainfield, ILPlainfield South
65Jordan KibbySOOL6-2284Fort Madison, IAFort Madison
66Ryan RolfesSODL6-7290New Vienna, IAWestern Dubuque
67Joe PaguraFROL6-1260Fitchburg, WIVerona Area
69David RocheSOOL6-1225Oak Park, ILOak Park-River Forest
70Mike MaligrandaFROL6-1275Chicago, ILNotre Dame
71Lino BibianFROL5-10263Joliet, ILJoliet Catholic
72Kyle RouseSOOL6-4235Joliet, ILJoliet Catholic
73Brendan RosnerSOOL6-0210Chicago, ILBrother Rice
74Dan MurraySROL6-5265Park Ridge, ILMaine South
75Cole SmithSROL6-0240Rochelle, ILRochelle Township
76Paul KrausFROL6-3255Brookfield, ILRiverside-Brookfield
77David NevinFROL6-1231Tinley Park, ILAndrew
81Matt NunezFRWR6-1170Chicago, ILNotre Dame
82Evan RossingFRWR6-0190Dodgeville, WIDodgeville
83Jerek PontiusSOWR6-1200Freeport, ILAquin Catholic
84Jordan PontiusSRWR6-0185Freeport, ILAquin Catholic
85Andrew GoedkenFRWR6-2220Columia, SCIrmo
88Kyzer MooreFRDL6-1173Anamosa, IAAnamosa
92Anthony HaapalaFRDL5-11211Gurnee, ILSt. Joes
93Robert AndersonJRDL6-4245Hillsboro, WIHillsboro
96Vernon LasleySODL6-2296Tama, IAMeskwaki
Steve Helminiak - Head Coach - 3rd season
Jake Olsen - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Josh Edwards - Assistant Coach - 6th season
Michael Gainey - Assistant Coach - 1st season
David Zoeckler - Assistant Coach - 1st season
BJ Main - Assistant Coach - 5th season
Joe Furco - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Bob Bucko - Assistant Coach