Missouri Baptist University Athletics
MBU Spartans
2017 Football Coaches
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Jason Burianek - Head Coach - 4th Season

Recruiting Area: Northeast MO., Colorado, Texas, East Coast

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 Quarterback's 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.

In his first season at the helm of Missouri Baptist, Burianek guided the team to a 1-10 record. He gained his first career win in the process, a 34-10 victory over Haskell Indian Nations on Nov. 1, 2014. This win also happened to be on the University's first football homecoming.

After getting shutout 77-0 at the hands of NCAA D-I Southeast Missouri State, the team dropped it's next eight before grabbing its first win. The team played one of the toughest schedules in the NAIA in 2014 including three, NCAA D-I FCS opponents, two nationally-ranked NAIA opponents and two NCAA Division II institutions.

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Charles Coe - Assistant Coach - 4th Season

Phone: (510) 846-1815

Email: [email protected]

Recruiting Area: Metropolitan Missouri (Columbia, Kansas City, Jefferson City, St. Louis), Florida, Junior Colleges

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.

From 2007-2008, he was the wide receivers coach for the Oakland Raiders. During his time at the professional level, he was invited to be the receivers coach at the Senior Bowl All-Star Game held in Mobile, Ala.

Coe starred in both baseball and football during his playing days. He was an All-American shortstop at Kansas State University and was drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in 1971 by the Detroit Tigers. He played two seasons in that organization before joining the St. Louis Football Cardinals in 1974.

Coe’s son, Michael, played at the University of Arkansas for three seasons, before transferring to play for his father at Alabama State. Michael was a fifth-round draft pick by the Colts and won a Super Bowl ring in 2011 with the New York Giants. Coach Coe is the grandfather of Rodney Coe, who was named a US Army All-American in 2010 after a standout career at Edwardsville High School. Rodney currently plays for the Iowa State Cyclones.


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Elbert Kern - Assistant Coach - 4th Season

Phone: (773) 430-1197

Email: [email protected]

Recruiting Area: Central & Northern Illinois (North of I-72)

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.

Kern’s 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).

Kern is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  He played four years of football at North Park College. Kern led North Park in rushing yards with an average of 4.9 yards a carry in 1992. As a senior, Kern was named Team MVP.  He graduated in 1993 with a major in Physical Education and received his Master of Arts Degree in Teacher Leadership from North Park University in 2003. He also served as Athletic Director, Dean of Students and Head Football Coach at Chicago Steinmetz and Chicago Academy High School. 

Kern is married with three sons and a daughter.

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Dan Leslie - Director of Football Operations - 4th Season

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.

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Justin Winslow - Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
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Lee Brown - Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Joe Bowden - Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Keith Williams - Assistant Coach - 1st Season
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Craig Neece - Assistant Coach - 1st Season