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, and defensive backs coach.
In 2019, McCormick continued his role as special teams coordinator, cornerbacks coach, and 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 second team All-Conference honors. Nathan Kabongo finished third in the GPAC with a 10.1 punt return yard average per attempt. McCormick was part of the best defensive season in program history, 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 percent. Cornerback Jalen Placide (junior) finished with four interceptions, which tied for the team lead. Cornerback Nathan Kabongo (junior) finished with two interceptions and earned All-Conference recognition for the second 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 and 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 (sophomore) finished with six interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and a second team All-Conference selection. Academically, the Defenders posted a 3.23 cumulative GPA, which ranked #1 in the NAIA among football members for the 2018-19 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 second leading receiver that season with 1,311 yards.
Prior to Dordt, McCormick gained experience at Crown College (Minnesota) 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, Minnesota 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 (Illinois) from 2013-15 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