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 OFFENSIVE COACHING STAFF

Dusty Hovorka
Offensive Coordinator

Dusty Hovorka is in his second season in 2018 as Lindenwood’s offensive coordinator. This season, he will also coach the team’s tight ends.

In his first season at Lindenwood, Hovorka had a new quarterback under center, and a new-look offensive line. Despite the changes, the Lions still improved their offense by nearly half a point a game, and gained 26.1 more yards per game. Lindenwood jumped one spot in the MIAA in scoring offense, and four spots in total offense. The program had its highest scoring offense and total offense since its 2012 campaign.

Hovorka helped three offensive players earned third-team all-MIAA honors in running back Calen Campbell, wide receiver Deantrell Prince, and offensive lineman Akil Williams. Three other offensive players also earned honorable mention accolades.

Hovorka came to Lindenwood from the University of Sioux Falls, where he served from 2010-2016. From 2014-2016, he was Sioux Falls’s offensive coordinator.

While he was offensive coordinator, Hovorka’s offense averaged 40.3 points and 489.5 total yards of offense a game. The Cougars averaged 239.3 yards on the ground and 250.1 yards through the air. In those three seasons, Sioux Falls went 32-5, appeared in the postseason all three years, won the 2016 NSIC Championship, and won its first NCAA Tournament game in 2016.

In 2016, Sioux Falls ranked third in the nation by rushing for over 300 yards a game. The Cougars were 17th in scoring offense and seventh in total offense. Three players earned first-team all-NSIC honors, including running back Max Mickey, a Harlon Hill candidate. Six other offense players earned second-team all-conference awards, and two were honorable mention picks.

In 2015, Hovorka helped Sioux Falls to being ranked 16th in scoring offense and 19th in total offense. The offensive line led the nation that year by allowing just five sacks. Six players earned all-conference honors, including offensive lineman Antonio Green who was a first-team All-American.

In his first year as an offensive coordinator, Hovorka led Sioux Falls to being ranked seventh nationally in scoring offense and 17th in total offense. The Cougars scored 58 offensive touchdowns, 11 more than the previous season. Hovorka coached the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year in quarterback Luke Papilion, as well as four other all-conference performers.

From 2010-2013, Hovorka was in charge of the team’s wide receivers. In his first season, he coached Jon Ryan to NAIA Player of the Year honors after Ryan had 24 touchdowns, 81 receptions, and 1,430 receiving yards. After Sioux Falls joined the NSIC, two players earned all-conference honors in that span.

Hovorka was one of the top players in Sioux Falls history from 2003-2006. He set career records with 291 receptions, 4,801 receiving yards, and 55 receiving touchdowns. Hovorka was a three-time All-American, and the only wide receiver in school history to record 1,000 or more yards in all four of his seasons. He helped Sioux Falls win the 2006 NAIA National Championship.

After his collegiate career, Hovorka played six seasons for the Sioux Falls Storm in the IFL.

Hovorka is married to Kari Keating.


Jon Eastman
Quarterbacks

Jon Eastman is in his second season as an assistant coach on the Lindenwood football team in 2018. He will serve as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

In his first season at Lindenwood, Eastman led the development of first-year quarterback Najee Jackson. In just one season, Lindenwood’s passing offense jumped from last in the conference to seventh, and it improved from tenth to fifth in yards per attempt. The improved quarterback play helped Lindenwood average its most points since the 2012 season. Under Eastman’s tutelage, Jackson was an honorable mention all-MIAA selection, and the team’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Eastman came to Lindenwood from the University of Sioux Falls, where he was an assistant coach from 2012 to 2016. He was the team’s quarterbacks coach for three years, and also coached the offensive line (2013) and tight ends (2012).

While Eastman was the quarterbacks coach at Sioux Falls, the Cougars averaged 40.3 points, 250.1 passing yards, and 489.5 yards of total offense a game. Sioux Falls went 32-5 in that span, appeared in the postseason all three years, won the 2016 NSIC Championship, and won its first NCAA Tournament game in 2016. Sioux Falls finished in the top-20 in the nation in scoring offense all three seasons.

Eastman played a big role in the development of quarterback Luke Papilion who was the Sioux Falls quarterback from 2013-2016. Papilion was an all-conference performer every year under Eastman, including being the 2014 NSIC Offensive Player of the Year, and was a two-time candidate for the Harlon Hill Award. In those three seasons, Papilion threw for 8,286 yards and rushed for 2,645 more yards. He had 73 passing touchdowns and 60 rushing scores in that span.

Eastman finished his collegiate playing career at Sioux Falls in 2010. He led the Cougars to their third straight NAIA National Championship. Eastman was a first-team all-conference player, and an All-American selection. He threw for 3,465 yards and 45 touchdowns that season, and completed 65.1 percent of his passes. Sioux Falls averaged 41.2 points a game that year and went 13-1 on their way to the national title.

Eastman started his college career at Snow College. In 2008, he helped the team advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship game. Despite missing much of the season with an injury, he still threw for 804 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2007, Eastman appeared in seven games and threw for 1,647 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Eastman played at Colorado State University in 2009. He appeared in six games and threw for 494 yards and two touchdowns.

Eastman received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and public accounting from Sioux Falls in 2011.

Jon is married to his wife, Jaygan.


Josh Breske
Offensive Line

Josh Breske is in his second season on the Lindenwood football coaching staff in 2018. He is the team’s offensive line coach, and also serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

In his first season at Lindenwood, he oversaw a new look offensive line that helped the team have its highest scoring offense since the 2012 season. The offensive line helped the Lions rushing game average 4.4 yards per carry, the seventh-best mark in the MIAA and an improvement of nearly 16 percent over the previous season. Lindenwood also cut its number of sacks allowed by 33 percent over the 2016 season.

Breske helped three offensive linemen earn all-MIAA honors. Akil Williams was a third-team selection, and Evan Pumphrey and Lucas Beddow each earned honorable mention accolades.

Breske has also overseen the last two recruiting classes for the program, which has helped reshape the program. In 2018, Lindenwood had its largest incoming class since its move to the NCAA level.

Breske came to Lindenwood after three seasons at the University of Sioux Falls. In 2016, he was the program’s offensive line coach, after being the tight ends coach for his first two seasons.

In his three seasons at Sioux Falls, Breske has helped the Cougars go 32-5. The team advanced to the postseason all three years, including NCAA Tournament appearances in 2015 and 2016. The 2016 team won the NSIC Championship, and also captured the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory. From 2014-2016, Sioux Falls averaged 40.3 points and 489.6 yards of total offense a game.

In his first year as the offensive line coach, Sioux Falls ranked third in NCAA Division II with 308.1 rushing yards a game, and it ranked eight by allowing just 0.85 sacks a contest. The offensive line production helped the Cougars rank 17th in the nation in scoring offense and seventh in total offense.

Five Sioux Falls offensive lineman were all-conference selections in 2016, including two on the first-team and two on the second-team. Antonio Green was a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award as NCAA Division II’s top lineman.

In 2015, Breske helped tight end Nicholas Stanke earned all-NSIC second-team honors. Stanke caught 25 passes that year for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

Breske got his coaching career started as a graduate assistant coach at Robert Morris University (Ill.) where he was the offensive line coach, and also assisted with strength and conditioning. From 2012-2013, Breske coached at Chadron State where he was the offensive line coach. He helped offensive tackle Garret Gilkey get drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns.

Prior to coaching, Breske was a four-year starter at Black Hills State University. He played in all 46 games during the 2006-2009 seasons. He earned two NAIA All-American honors and was a third-team first-team all-conference pick. He was a two-year captain and helped lead the Yellow Jackets to consecutive conference titles. Breske also played indoor football for one season with the Wyoming Cavalry.

Breske holds a master’s of business administration degree from Chadron State, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State.

Josh, and his wife Alana, have a daughter, Lola, and a son, Bo.


Bryan Baldwin
Running Backs

Bryan Baldwin is in his third season on the Lindenwood football coaching staff in 2018. After serving as the cornerback coach in 2016, he moved to the other side of the ball as the running backs coach.

In 2017, Baldwin helped the team’s running backs average 4.4 yards per carry, an improvement over nearly 16 percent over the previous year. The running backs also scored four more rushing touchdowns on the year, and they played a bigger role in the passing game by having over twice as many receptions than 2016.

The improved running backs play helped Lindenwood have its top scoring offense since the 2012 season. Baldwin coach Calen Campbell and helped the senior earn third-team all-MIAA honors.

As the cornerbacks coach in 2016, Baldwin helped in the development of Bakari Triggs who was a third-team all-MIAA pick. Lindenwood's cornerbacks accounted for nine interceptions and 21 pass breakups on the season.

Baldwin coached at the prep level in the St. Louis area from 2008-2015, including three years each at Normandy and Chaminade, and one year at Fort Zumwalt West. He was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at both Normandy and Chaminade, and coached the defensive backs at those schools. He coached the safeties in 2015 at Fort Zumwalt West.

In his seven years as a high school coach, he won three conference championships. His players won numerous all-conference honors, including his entire starting defense earning first or second-team honors in 2014.

Baldwin was a four-year player at Kansas State University from 2003-2007. The defensive back had 67 tackles, four interceptions, and 11 pass breakups in his career.

Baldwin graduated from Kansas State in 2008 with a bachelor’s in arts. He and his wife, Nina, have one daughter, Selah.


Tore' Hurst
Wide Receivers

Tore’ Hurst is in his second season in 2018 on the Lindenwood coaching staff. He is currently the team’s wide receivers coach, after being the Offensive Quality Control coach in 2017.

In his first season at Lindenwood, the team’s offense improved by nearly half a point a game, and gained 26.1 more yards per game. Lindenwood jumped one spot in the MIAA in scoring offense, and four spots in total offense. The program had its highest scoring offense and total offense since its 2012 campaign. Five offensive players earned all-MIAA honors, including three third-team selections.

Hurst coached tight ends at Washburn University as a graduate assistant in 2014.

Hurst played at Washburn from 2010-13 as a tight end for the Ichabods.  Tore’ started every game for three-straight seasons and was named to the Daktronics Super Region No.3 second-team in his final year of competition. In his senior season, Hurst led the Ichabods in receiving this season with 40 catches, 575 yards and seven touchdowns. Hurst was a second team all-MIAA pick as a junior and an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.

For his career he recorded 1,868 receiving yards on 131 catches with 24 touchdowns. Entering the 2017 season, Hurst ranks fifth in career touchdown catches at Washburn.  Hurst stands sixth in career receptions and ninth in career receiving yards.

Hurst graduated from Washburn in 2016 with a sports management degree.

Hurst is from St. Louis, Mo. where he competed at McClure North High School.


Grant Williams
Assistant Offensive Line

Grant Williams is in his second season as a member of the Lindenwood football coaching staff in 2018. He is assisting with the offensive line.

In his first season at Lindenwood, he assisted with an offensive line that helped the team have its highest scoring offense since the 2012 season. The offensive line helped the Lions rushing game average 4.4 yards per carry, the seventh-best mark in the MIAA and an improvement of nearly 16 percent over the previous season. Lindenwood also cut its number of sacks allowed by 33 percent over the 2016 season. Three offensive linemen earned all-MIAA honors.

Williams was an offensive lineman in the NFL for nine seasons. He appeared in 122 regular season games in his career, and started 49 contests. He appeared in the Super Bowl in 2002 when his Patriots defeated the Rams by a 20-17 margin.

Williams started his NFL career in 1996 with Seattle, and he played four seasons for the Seahawks. He played in 40 games, and started 23 for Seattle. In 2000 and 2001, he was a member of the Patriots, appearing in 29 games and stating 12 contests. His final stop was in St. Louis as a member of the Rams from 2002-2004. He played in 37 games for the Rams and had 14 starts, including 11 in his final season.

Williams is originally from Clinton, Miss., and played collegiate football at Louisiana Tech.


Grant Williams
Offensive Quality Control

Derik Abbott is entering his first season as the offensive quality control coach on the football staff in 2018.

Abbott was a member of the 2017 football team that went 4-7.  Prior to Lindenwood he competed at Robert Morris University from 2012-15.  Threw multiple touchdown passes in each of his first three starts.  In 2014, he compiled the second-highest completion percentage in a single-season in Robert Morris program history.

Abbott is from Orlando Fla. where he competed at Freedom High School.