University officials have just announced that effective immediately, Lonnie Pries will take over as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at CUAA. Since 2006, Pries had been head coach of his alma mater, Concordia University Chicago.

“We are delighted that Coach Pries has accepted our invitation to be CUAA’s Head Football Coach and Athletic Director,” said Randall Luecke, acting president at CUAA. “We look forward to the impact that Lonnie is going to make on our football team, our athletic program, and on our campus as a whole,” Luecke added.

Pries’ coaching career, which includes two Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) Co-Coach of the Year awards in 2009 and 2011 and Coach of the Year in 2012, has been marked by challenges he has overcome. Early on, Pries coached a combined 13 years at St. John Lutheran High School in Ocala, Florida and Milwaukee Lutheran High School in Wisconsin. He was given the task of rebuilding both of the school’s programs. Among his former players is Nick Roach, currently a starting linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

Pries earned his B.A. in Secondary Education/English from Concordia University Chicago and his M.S. in Education-Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2001. He and his wife Jennie are the parents of Kaylie, Aliyah, and Layne.