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Coaching Staff

Head Coach:  Ryan Gottula

Coach Gottula has been the Head Coach at LSE since 2011.  Prior to his role as the Head Coach, he coached QB’s, DB’s & Special Teams at LSE in 2009 and 2010. He also served as the Offensive Coordinator & QB Coach at Omaha Westside from 2003 to 2008.  Coach Gottula has a career record of 83 & 48 with 10 playoff appearances, 5 Conference Championships and 1 Class A State Championship.  Coach Gottula is also an Educational Coordinator at Lincoln Southeast.

Assistant Coach:  Fred Thorne

Coach Thorne serves as the Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs coach.  He began coaching at LSE in 2011 and was a player on the 1997 and 1998 State Championship Teams at LSE.  Coach Thorne played football at the University of Nebraska and was an Academic All Big 12 player.  He teaches CAD and Weight Training at LSE.

Assistant Coach:  Scott Vampola

Coach Vampola is the Co-Defensive Coordinator and coaches the Outside Linebackers.  Coach Vampola played at LSE and the University of Nebraska.  He has coached for 5 state championship teams at LSE from 1990 to 2001.  He also worked as the Defensive Coordinator at Lincoln Southwest from 2002 to 2015.

Assistant Coach:  Andy Ryan

Coach Ryan joined the LSE staff in 2003 and worked as the Head Freshman Coach from 2004-2014.  He currently coaches the Offensive Line for the Knights and also serves as the Head JV Coach.  Coach Ryan teaches Physical Education at Calvert Elementary.

Assistant Coach:  Justin Freitag

Coach Freitag coaches Wide Receivers and coordinates the JV Offense.   He began coaching football at LSE in 2008 and coached Varsity TE’s from 2011 to 2013. Coach Freitag is also the Head Golf Coach at LSE and he teaches in the Special Education Department.


Assistant Coach:  Troy Bergt

Coach Bergt serves as the Head Reserve Coach.  He started his coaching career at LSE in 2005 and now coaches the Defensive Line.  Coach Bergt was the Head Freshman Coach from 2015 to 2017 and he teaches in the Social Studies Department at LSE.

Assistant Coach:  David Schumacher

Coach Schumacher is the Reserve Offensive Coordinator and works with the Running Backs.  Coach Schumacher started coaching at LSE in 2017.  Coach Schumacher also teaches Chemistry and also coaches Wrestling at LSE.

Assistant Coach:  Troy Branch

Coach Branch has worked as the Inside LB’s coach in 2018 and 2019.  In 2019, both starting ILB’s at LSE were selected as 1st Team All-City.  Coach Branch played LB at the University of Nebraska from 1989 to 1993 and he was selected Academic All-Big Eight and Academic All-America in 1993.

Assistant Coach:  Ben Buettenback

Coach Buettenback enters his second season of coaching at LSE in 2022.  He will work with TE’s and ILB’s.  Coach Buettenback played LB at the University of Nebraska from 1995 to 1999.  He was an Academic All Big 12 selection in 1998 and 1999.

Head 9th Grade Coach:  Montana Jones

Coach Jones began coaching football at LSE in 2015.  Coach Jones took over as the Head Freshman Coach in 2018 and works with Wide Receivers and Linebackers.  Coach Jones is also the Head Baseball Coach at Lincoln Southeast.

Assistant Coach:  Nolan Plagge

Coach Plagge began coaching football at Lincoln Southeast in 2022.  He was a 1st Team All State Football player at Guardian Angels CC in 2016 and he works at the Offensive Coordinator for the 9th Grade Team.  Coach Plagge teaches Social Studies at Culler Middle School and is also an Assistant Baseball Coach for Lincoln Southeast.