Coach Jason Burianek has been at the helm of Spartan football since 2014 after a successful career at the NAIA and NCAA level. After playing at University of Colorado under both Rick Neuheisel and Gary Barnett, Burianek graduated and became a Graduate Assistant coach. Shortly after joining the Colorado coaching staff, Burianek left Boulder to take-on his first full-time coaching staff position at McKendree University.
Coach Burianek spent 2004 through 2007 as the Wide Receivers and Tight Ends Coach at McKendree before taking over as the Offensive Coordinator at Belleville West High School in 2007 through 2008.
Burianek returned to McKendree as the Quarterbacks Coach in 2009 through 2010, but stayed just one season before returning to Belleville West as the Offensive Coordinator in 2011. In 2012, Coach Burianek went back to McKendree as the Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coordinator before becoming the first coach in Missouri Baptist history in March of 2013.
Coach Charles Coe is in his second season as the Offensive Coordinator after helping to get the program off the ground in 2014.
Coach Coe comes to Missouri Baptist with over 40 years of coaching experience at every level of football. Coach Coe has been a head coach at Alabama State, an assistant with the Oakland Raiders and an assistant at nine-NCAA Division I programs.Coach Coe served as an assistant coach at nine NCAA Division I programs, including Mizzou, Louisville, Tennessee, Memphis, Kansas State, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Cincinnati and Ball State.
In 2003, he was named the head coach at Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) member Alabama State. He guided the Hornets to a SWAC Eastern Division title and was named an Eddie Robinson Award finalist, which honors the top coach in NCAA Division I FCS. The next season, the Hornets repeated as Eastern Division champions and Coe was again named an Eddie Robinson Award finalist. He was also named SWAC Coach of the Year after the Hornets completed a 10-2 season. In four seasons at the helm of the program, Coe compiled a 29-18 record and produced current NFL quarterback Tavaris Jackson.
Elbert Kern has been with Missouri Baptist as the running backs coach and Academic Success Coordinator since 2014.
Prior to his time at MBU, Kern spent five seasons as the Head Coach at Springfield Southeast High School (Ill.). He took the helm in 2009 and led the Southeast Spartans football program to its best record since 2002 with a 4-5 record. Before Southeast, Kern led Chicago Academy High School, a second year varsity program, to a 6-3 Conference Co-Championship in 2007 and repeated in 2008.
Kerns commitment to helping youth was featured on the front page of the 2007 January issue of the Chicago Tribune for helping his team who went 0-9 in 2005 tackle their problems on and off the field while at Steinmetz Academic Centre. The Chicago Public School Board later presented Kern with the Recognition of Service Award for his hard work and dedication. The team went 10-2 in 2006 while Kern guided Steinmetz Academic Centre to its fourth conference title. That same year Steinmetz won the Chicago Divisional Title for the second time. Kern also guided Steinmetz to consecutive State Play-off births in 2003 and 2004. In 2001, Steinmetz was the Chicago Public League North Co-Conference Champions with a 7-2 record. In 2002, the National Statistician Poll ranked Steinmetz fourth in the Nation among all 6A. That same year, Steinmetz won the Chicago Big Shoulder Conference and Divisional Championship with a 12-1 record, which broke the schools All-Time record held by the 1977 team (8-1).
Director of Football Operations
Dan Leslie has been the Director of Football Operations with Missouri Baptist since 2014. Coach Leslie brings with him seven years of Operational experience at the High School level working at Washington High School in Washington, Mo., where he was responsible for all travel, statistical data, media coordination and character development for players.
Leslie has an Associates Degree in Paramedic Technology from East Central College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from William Jewell College, a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Williams Woods University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia.Leslie is responsible for coordinating all team travel, including charter bus transportation, hotel stays and meals for the team and coaching staff. Coach Leslie also works in conjunction with the Sports Information Department departments of the University to assist with team statistics and individual player performance evaluations.
Leslie is also responsible for character development training for the players during the regular football.Leslie is married to his wife of 30 years and has two college aged children. In addition to coaching, Coach Leslie is a practicing attorney in Franklin County, Missouri. He is also a Municipal Judge for four cities and is a member of the Adjunct Teaching Staff at Missouri Baptist University serving the Union and Pacific, Mo., campuses.
Co-Defensive Coord/Linebackers Coach
Coach Joe Bowden has been with Missouri Baptist since the Fall of 2017 after a one-year stint as the inside linebacker’s coach for the San Francisco 49’ers under Head Coach Chip Kelly.
Prior to his time in the Bay Area, Bowden spent four seasons serving as an assistant linebackers coach for the then St. Louis Rams. Prior to that he coached for three years at the high school level in Oklahoma. He spent nine seasons playing linebacker in the NFL, primarily with the Houston Oilers/ Tennessee Titans. He was a standout in college, earning Big Eight defensive player of the year and All American in 1991.
In 2013, Bowden helped oversee a young St. Louis Rams’ linebacker corps that was highlighted by Alec Ogletree, who led the team in tackles as a rookie (155) and tied for third in the NFL with six forced fumbles. Ogletree and MLB James Laurinaitis started all 16 games, and Laurinaitis enjoyed his fifth-consecutive 100-tackle season.
In his first season in St. Louis, Bowden assisted with a group of linebackers that continually made big plays throughout the season. Both Laurinaitis and Jo-Lonn Dunbar started all 16 games, and Laurinaitis was on the field for every defensive snap. Laurinaitis posted a career high 174 tackles to lead the team, while Dunbar ranked second with 157 and led the team with 23 tackles for loss.
Coach Justin Winslow is in his second year at MBU and in his first as offensive coordinator, joining. Winslow previously was tasked with the quarterbacks, a duty that he has retained. Prior to his time at MBU, he spent five years (2011-2015) as the Head Coach at Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill. and was the Offensive Coordinator there from 2007-2012. Winslow is a graduate of Illinois College with a degree in History.
Offensive Line Coach
Coach Keith Williams played his college football at the University of Nebraska and was draft to played football for the Pittsburgh Steelers and then Buffalo Bills for 6 seasons.
Defensive Line Coach
Coach Craig Neece began his coaching career after 3 seasons of arena football in the AFL. He started at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois coaching the defensive line. After MacMurray, he began his first season at Missouri Baptist where he leads the defensive line. Coach Neece graduated from DePauw University with a degree in Kinesiology.