Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach Steve Ryan
Steve Ryan has guided the Mustangs to a 109-33 record for a .768 winning percentage in 12 seasons to make him one of the most successful head coaches in Morningside history. Ryan has led the Mustangs to 10 consecutive post-season appearances in the NAIA National Championship Series, ranks second in school history in career victories, and his .768 winning percentage is the highest victory rate in Morningside football history.
Ryan was named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and American Football Monthly 2012 NAIA National Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustangs to their greatest season in school history. Morningside posted a 13-1 record and appeared in its first-ever national championship football game. The Mustangs finished the regular season undefeated at 10-0, won their second consecutive Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championship, and made their ninth consecutive post-season appearance in the NAIA Championship Series, where they lost 30-27 in overtime against Marian University in the 2012 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship on Dec. 13 in Rome, Ga.
Ryan has directed Morningside to a 101-21 record for a .828 winning percentage over the past 10 campaigns to make the Mustangs one of the most successful programs in the NAIA. He led the Mustangs to Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) championships in 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2013. His teams have advanced past the first round of the NAIA Championship Series eight times in the last 10 years, including an appearance in the 2012 NAIA National Championship Game and semifinal berths in 2005 and 2013.
Ryan collected GPAC Coach of the Year honors in 2004, 2005, 2011, and 2012. He received AFCA NAIA Region 4 Coach of the Year recognition in 2005, 2011, and 2012 and was the 2004 NAIA Football.net National Coach of the Year.
Ryan’s Mustangs made their first appearance on the NAIA national stage in 2004 when they posted an 8-2 record, achieved a No. 12 national ranking, and secured their first-ever berth in the NAIA National Championship Series.
He guided Morningside to a 5-5 record in 2002 in his first season with the Mustangs to snap a streak of 15 consecutive losing seasons. The five wins were the college’s most victories since the 1985 campaign. Included among the victories was a stunning 24-21 double overtime upset of NCAA Division II Wayne State College in the season’s opener.
Before coming to Morningside, Ryan was an assistant coach at Ottawa University and helped lead the Braves to a pair of NAIA Championship Series appearances.
Ryan is a 1989 graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, where he was a four-year letterwinner and a three-year starter as a linebacker. He received his master’s degree from National-Louis University in 1997.
Steve and his wife, Lisa, reside in Sioux City with their six children: Madison, Kali, Kelsi, Jenna, Gabrielle, and William.
Co-Defensive Coordinator Casey Jacobsen
Casey Jacobsen, named Morningside’s co-defensive coordinator following the 2010 campaign, is the dean among the Mustangs’ assistant coaches with 10 years of service. He was the special teams coordinator from 2005-10 and has coached both the outside and inside linebackers in his tenure at Morningside.
Jacobsen's defensive units have consistently ranked among the nation's finest. Morningside led the nation in scoring defense in the 2012 season with an average of only 13.2 points per game. The Mustangs held eight of their 14 opponents to single-digit scoring totals, including four shutouts. Aside from leading the nation in scoring defense, the Mustangs ranked second in the NAIA in rushing defense (66.9 yards per game), set a school-record with 34 quarterback sacks, and held their opposition to a miniscule average of 2.1 yards per rushing attempt.
Before his promotion to defensive coordinator, Jacobsen’s special teams were routinely ranked in the top 10 nationally in numerous categories, including kickoff coverage and blocked kicks. His tutelage led to many school records being broken in the special team categories of place kicking, kickoff returns, and punt returns.
Jacobsen previously coached at Buena Vista University, where he was the Beavers’ defensive line coach during the 2003 season and an assistant offensive line coach during the 2002 campaign.
He is a 2002 graduate of Buena Vista, where he was a three-year letterwinner and a three-year starter as an offensive center.
Casey and his wife, Heidi, reside in Sioux City with their five children: Hogan, Kelynn, Owen, Annabelle, and Margaret.
Co-Defensive Coordinator Nathan Turner
Nathan Turner, named the Mustangs' co-defensive coordinator following the 2010 season, has eight years of coaching experience at Morningside. Turner is also the Mustangs' defensive line coach and strength & conditioning coach.
Turner helped the Mustangs' defense rank among the nation’s elite during the 2012 season. Morningside led the nation in scoring defense by yielding an average of only 13.2 points per game. The Mustangs held eight of their 14 opponents to single-digit scoring totals, including four shutouts. The Mustangs also ranked second in the NAIA in rushing defense (66.9 yards per game), ninth in pass efficiency defense (98.60), and 16th in total defense (297.4 yards per game). The Mustangs set a school-record with 34 quarterback sacks and held their opposition to a miniscule average of 2.1 yards per rushing attempt.
He was previously the running backs coach and video coordinator at Eastern Oregon University.
Turner graduated from Eastern Oregon in 2004. He was one of the Mountaineers' team captains in 2003. That season he was the recipient of Eastern Oregon's Iron Man Strength and Big Team Little Me awards.
Offensive Coordinator Lucas Lueders
Lucas Lueders, promoted to offensive coordinator for the 2013 season, has been with the Mustangs for the past three seasons. He is also the Mustangs' recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.
In his first season as offensive coordinator, Lueders helped mastermind one of the nation's most prolific offensive attacks. The Mustangs were the second highest scoring team in the nation with an average of 45.5 points per game and topped the NAIA in passing efficiency. Morningside was third nationally in total offense (551.2 yard per game), sixth in rushing offense (262.1 yards per game), and seventh in passing offense (289.1 yards per game).
Lueders came to Morningside from St. Ambrose University, where he was a graduate assistant coach for two years. He worked with the team’s wide receivers, tight ends, and defensive linemen and served as a strength and conditioning coach. He was previously the outside linebackers coach at Sterling College during the 2008 season.
Lueders, a 2008 graduate of Sterling, holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Ambrose.
He was a four-year letterwinner at Sterling and served as team captain as a senior when he helped lead Sterling to an 8-2 record for its best mark in school history. Lueders had a career-high 31 tackles with nine solos and 22 assists to go along with one pass breakup during his senior campaign.
Lucas and his wife Megan reside in Dakota Dunes, S.D.
Assistant Coach Brandon Clayton
Brandon Clayton is a four-year veteran on the Mustangs’ coaching staff and is responsible for the team’s defensive backs and special teams.
Clayton was previously a graduate assistant coach at Northwest Missouri State University, where he served as the team’s defensive backs coach.
Clayton is a 2008 graduate of Northwest Missouri State, where he was a four-year starter at cornerback and helped lead the Bearcats to four national runner-up finishes in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. He earned All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) recognition three times during his career, including second-team honors as a sophomore and senior. Clayton also earned third-team all-region honors as a senior. Clayton amassed 118 tackles, 22 pass breakups, and four interceptions during his career. He topped the Bearcats with 10 pass breakups as a sophomore and was the team’s co-leader with two interceptions as a junior.
Assistant Coach Tyler Sinsabaugh
Tyler Sinsabaugh joined the Mustangs’ coaching staff for the 2014 season as a student assistant. Sinsabaugh will work with the Mustangs’ outside linebackers.
He caught 31 passes for 400 yards and six touchdowns as a Mustang J-Back over the 2011-13 seasons. Sinsabaugh’s most productive season came in 2011 when he posted career highs with 16 receptions for 214 yards and three touchdowns. His playing time was limited due to injuries during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. He ranked third on the team with three touchdown pass receptions in 2012 despite playing in only five games.
Sinsabaugh is majoring in general psychology.
He is a graduate of Skyline High School in Mesa, Ariz.
Assistant Coach Bill Hoss
Bill Hoss is in his first season with the Mustangs and will serve as the team’s running backs coach.
He was most recently an assistant coach at South Sioux City High School, where he was the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Hoss served two stints on the coaching staff at perennial Iowa prep power Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. He was an assistant at Bishop Heelan Catholic from 1989 to 2004 and again from 2007-2011. In between he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Briar Cliff University from 2005 to 2006.
He has helped coach playoff teams in 21 of his 25 years in coaching, including Bishop Heelan Catholic’s 2008 Class 3A state championship team.
Bill and his wife Susan have two daughters, Tiffany and Stacy.