Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Pass Game Coordinator / Defensive Backs
Coach Brandon McCormick has been with the Dordt University Football program since May 2016 and currently serves as the Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Pass Game Coordinator, & Defensive Backs Coach.
In 2020, McCormick continued his role as Special Teams Coordinator, Defensive Pass Game Coordinator, & Academic Coordinator while transitioning from the Cornerbacks Coach to the Defensive Backs Coach overseeing all positions in the defensive backfield. Dordt finished with a record of 8-3 and qualified for the NAIA playoffs for the first time in school history. Sophomore kicker, Brett Zachman connected on 12/13 FG attempts with a long of 43 yards and finished with 2nd team All-Conference honors. Nathan Kabongo finished 2nd in the GPAC with an 11.4 punt return yard average per attempt. McCormick was part of the best defensive season in program history to date. Highlighted by leading the country in sacks (42). The defense was #1 in the GPAC in the following categories: 17.4 points per game allowed, 283.9 yards allowed per game, 29.1% opp 3rd down conversion rate, 27.3% opp 4th down conversion rate, and 161.2 yards allowed passing per game. In pass defense Dordt led the GPAC for the 2nd straight year. The defense held opponents to a completion percentage of 52%. Cornerback Nathan Kabongo (Senior) paved the way with 4 interceptions and earned 1st team All-Conference, his 3rd straight year of All-Conference accolades. Academically, the Defenders finished the 2020-2021 school year with a 3.13 cumulative GPA; which is 2nd best in program history.
In 2019, McCormick continued his role as Special Teams Coordinator, Cornerbacks Coach, & Academic Coordinator while adding the title of Defensive Pass Game Coordinator. Dordt finished with a record of 7-4. Freshman kicker, Brett Zachman connected on 9/13 FG attempts in his freshman campaign and finished with 2nd team All-Conference honors. Nathan Kabongo finished 3rd in the GPAC with a 10.1 punt return yard average per attempt. McCormick was part of the best defensive season in program to date. Highlighted by leading the country in regular season takeaways (34). The defense allowed 21.5 points per game and 338.7 yards allowed per game. In pass defense Dordt led the GPAC in Passing Yards allowed per game at 158.1, produced 16 interceptions, and held opponents to a completion percentage of 51%. Cornerback Jalen Placide (Junior) finished with 4 interceptions, which tied for the team lead. Cornerback Nathan Kabongo (Junior) finished with 2 interceptions and earned All-Conference recognition for the 2nd straight year. Academically, the Defenders finished the fall semester with a team GPA above 3.0 for the third straight semester.
In 2018, McCormick assumed the role of Special Teams Coordinator & Academic Coordinator while continuing his role as the Cornerbacks Coach. Dordt completed their first ever winning season finishing with a record of 7-3 and finished ranked #23 in the final NAIA Coaches Poll. Senior kicker, Brett Gaines led the conference in FG percentage (90%) going 9/10 on the year. Cornerback Nathan Kabongo (Soph) finished with 6 interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and a 2nd team All-Conference selection. Academically, the Defenders posted a 3.23 cumulative GPA, which ranked #1 in the NAIA among football members for the 2018-2019 academic calendar year.
In 2017, McCormick moved to the defensive side to serve as the Cornerbacks Coach. He was part of a defense that decreased their points per game by 9.6 points per game from the year before.
In 2016, McCormick served as the Wide Receivers Coach. He was part of an offense that averaged 32.4 points per game, 445 total yards per game, and 275 rushing yards per game. McCormick coached Jason Miller the NAIA’s 2nd leading receiver that season with 1,311 yards.
Prior to Dordt, McCormick gained experience at Crown College (MN) as a student assistant in the Spring of 2016. He worked under the offensive coordinator, spending most of his time with quarterbacks and tight ends. McCormick also worked with the Saints Sports Academy in Lakeville, MN where he assisted in teaching individual skill training to clients throughout the greater St. Paul-Minneapolis area. During the summer months of his playing career he volunteered with Elmwood/Brimfield high school (IL) from 2013-2015 as an assistant, specializing in instruction with quarterbacks and skill positions.
Coach McCormick graduated from Crown College (Minnesota) in May of 2016 after a two-year standout career at quarterback. McCormick spent his first two collegiate seasons as the starting QB at Maranatha Baptist University (Wisconsin). McCormick transferred to Crown where he was a two-year team captain, second team all-conference honoree, and Crown College offensive player of the year. In his collegiate career, he started 36 games and was named academic all-conference four times. Following his senior year Coach McCormick participated in a 2016 NFL regional combine.
B.A. in social studies education (Grades 5-12), Crown College, 2016
Certificate in Teaching English As a Foreign Language
M.Ed. in school leadership, Dordt University (formerly known as Dordt College), 2018