Head Coach Gary Bass
Gary Bass is in his third season (2019-20) as the head coach of the Quincy University football program and is in his ninth season overall with the Hawks.
In 2018, Bass' second season at the helm, the Hawks finished with a 4-9 record. 10 Hawks were named to All-GLVC teams for the second straight year led by linebacker Cody Leonard who was also named First Team All-GLVC for the second straight year. Leonard broke the single-season record for solo tackles and total tackles during the 2018 campaign as he finished with 88 and 168, respectively.
Bass served as interm head coach in 2017. The Hawks finished the season 3-8 in Bass' first season. 10 Hawks were named to All-GLVC teams led by linebacker Cody Leonard who was named First-Team All-GLVC.
He served as the offensive line coach in his first three seasons before being named the offensive coordinator in July 2015. In January 2017, he was named the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator before his promotion to interim head coach was announced May 7, 2017.
With Bass as offensive coordinator the last two seasons, the Hawks have reached all-time highs. In 2016, the Hawks' offense finished in the top three of 10 statistical categories in the GLVC, including scoring, total offense, rushing offense, passing offense, pass efficiency, sacks against, first downs, third down conversion rate, time of possession and red zone touchdowns. In the last two years, the Hawks have amassed 13 All-GLVC performers, four Don Hansen all-region performers and one Don Hanson All-American. The Hawks have also set 16 school offensive records in the past two seasons.
In 2014, with Bass serving as the offense's run game coordinator, Chris Harris was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year after gaining 972 yards on the ground with 17 touchdowns. All that came with three freshmen seeing significant time in the trenches. In a win over Southwest Baptist, Harris ran for a school and conference-record seven touchdowns and 218 yards. Center Eli Thom and left tackle Kyle Lomprez were each named All-GLVC performers.
Bass came to Quincy University from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. where he spent two seasons. While there he coached the offensive line and assisted with the strength and conditioning program. As the offensive line coach, he had three All-MIAA selections and an All-America selection. He helped guide an offense that broke three MSSU offensive school records including points in a single game (68) and offensive yards in a single game (672).
Prior to MSSU, he worked at East Rowan High School in Salisbury, N.C. for three years where he served as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. While there, ERHS made the NCHSAA playoffs two times.
He attended Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., majoring in marketing. He started on the offensive line for three seasons. With Bass on the line, Catawba won the South Region championship, three SAC championships, made three trips to the Division II playoffs and compiled a 47-15 record.
A native of Marion, N.C., Bass attended McDowell High School. He is married to Melaney Bass from Geddes, S.D. The couple have a daughter, Lyla, and son, Jackson.
Associate Head Coach/ Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Sean Kelly is in his eighth season (2018-19) as a member of the QU coaching staff. He spent the first two seasons as a graduate assistant coach and was hired to continue his role in coaching the Hawks' linebackers. Prior to the 2017 season, Kelly was promoted to defensive coordinator and was named the recruiting coordinator.
In 2016, all three of Kelly's starting linebackers (T.J. Daniels, Nate Rueckemann and Cody Leonard) were named All-GLVC with Daniels earning first team honors. All three will return for the 2017 season.
With the Hawks, Kelly has coached Dan Camp, who earned All-America honors as a freshman and finished his career ranked third all-time on Quincy's all-time tackles list. Ike Onike joined Camp in the top five among QU's top solo tacklers and was named an All-GLVC first team choice in 2014. He was the first All-GLVC first team member in school history and was picked to play in the 2014 National Bowl Game in Miami.
While at Quincy, Kelly has been a part of defenses that have ranked 24th in the nation in rushing (2014), 13th in the nation in defensive touchdowns (2016), 29th in total defense (2016), 29th in tackles for loss (2016) and 25th in passing yards allowed (2016).
Kelly joined Quincy after completing his collegiate playing career in 2010. He was a four year member of the McKendree University football team where he played linebacker. The St. Louis, Mo. native earned Academic All-Conference honors in 2009 and 2010.
Kelly graduated from McKendree in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary History Education and earned his Master's in Educational Leadership from QU in 2013.
Kelly and his wife, Stephanie, live in Quincy.
Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers
Ryan Olson is entering his first season as an assistant coach for the Quincy football team. He will coach the wide receivers and will also hold the title of Pass Game Coordinator for the Hawks.
Olson spent the 2018 season at Eastern Michigan University where he served as an Offensive Graduate Assistant working primarily with the wide receivers. Olson worked under head coach Chris Creighton and offensive coordinator Aaron Keen as Eastern Michigan finished their season in the 2018 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama; just the fourth bowl game in school history. The EMU Eagles finished 2018 with 20 receiving touchdowns, 2,911 receiving yards, and just four interceptions in 2018, with one receiver, Blake Banham, being selected as a member of the All-MAC 3rd team.
Prior to Eastern Michigan, Olson spent three seasons as the wide receivers’ coach at Minnesota State, Mankato. In 2017, the Maverick wide receivers caught 180 passes for 2,488 yards and 34 touchdowns. Junior Shane Zylstra, who led the MSU receiving corps with 861 receiving yards, matched an MSU single-season record with 15 touchdown catches. Zylstra, who received All-NSIC First Team honors, was also named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Year and a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Award. Ty Dennis also claimed All-NSIC Second Team honors for the third consecutive year as a senior in 2017.
During his second season at Mankato in 2016, Ty Dennis was again named Second Team All-NSIC for the Mavericks under Olson’s tutelage as he led the receiving corps with 39 catches for 630 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. The MSU receivers as a whole caught 157 balls for 2,123 yards and 24 touchdowns.
In his first season at Minnesota State, the Maverick receiving corps caught a total of 194 passes for 2,752 yards and 22 touchdowns. Sophomore Ty Dennis led MSU receivers with 793 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. Both Dennis and senior Bryce Duncan would go on to receive All-NSIC accolades during Olson's first season at MSU, and junior Brent Esser was named Honorable Mention All-NSIC.
Olson played four seasons of both football and basketball at Simpson College, where he competed as a wide receiver in football and as a guard/forward on the basketball team. During his senior season, the Storm football team would post a 7-3 record, which was the team’s best record in six seasons.
Olson graduated from Simpson College in the spring of 2014 with a B.A. in sports administration, as well as minors in business management and coaching. Olson completed his Masters degree in sport and exercise psychology from Minnesota State in 2018.
Olson and his girlfriend, Kate, have one son, Charles, who was born in October 2018.
Special Teams Coordinator / Recruiting Coordinator / Corners
Entering his sixth year in coaching, Leppke returns to Quincy University where he previously served as a Graduate Assistant & the Defensive Backs coach in 2014-2016.
Prior to returning to QU, Leppke spent the 2017 season at the University of Wyoming where he served as the Defensive Quality Control, working under Craig Bohl and Scottie Hazelton. The Wyoming defense finished first in FBS with 38 forced turnovers, 9th in scoring defense (17.5 ppg) & 23rd in total defense at 335.2 yards per game.
Leppke spent the 2016 season at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where he coached defensive back Michael Strand who finished 2nd-Team All-NSIC and finished 3rd in the NSIC in pass defense efficiency (130.6).
At Quincy in 2015, Leppke coached Adehkheem Brown who finished as a second team All-GLVC performer, and primarily coached the safeties as a GA during the 2014 season when the Hawks finished second in the GLVC in total defense, finishing with a 6-5 record.
Leppke began his coaching career at McPherson College. Leppke played for McPherson College from 2009-2012, playing the NAIA Playoffs in 2009-2010 and winning the KCAC championship during the 2010 season.
He graduated in 2013 with a degree in Physical Education & Health, and completed his Masters in Communications from Quincy University in 2015.
Aaron Doan joined the Quincy football staff as a graduate assistant in January 2019. Doan will work with the defensive backs.
Doan attended Minnesota State University-Moorhead where he was a three-year starter at safety from 2016-2018. He played under head coach Steve Laqua and was named All-NSIC North second team as a senior. In 2018, MSU-Moorhead played in the Mineral Water Bowl which marked their first postseason game in over twenty years.
Doan graduated from MSU-Moorhead in the fall of 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He is pursuing his master’s degree in Business Administration from QU.
David Gunter is in his first season serving as a graduate assistant. He will coach tight ends and fullbacks.
Gunter recently spent the last four years serving as a defensive student assistant for Illinois State. While at ISU, the Redbirds won a MVC championship and qualified for the FCS playoffs twice.
Gunter, a native of Rochester, IL., won four state titles. He graduated from Illinois State in 2018 with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology Studies.
He is pursuing his master's degree in Educational Leadership from QU.