Caleb Padilla


  • Winona State University, 2005

Caleb Padilla joined the LR coaching staff in February 2022.

Padilla comes to the Bears after a six-year stint at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Padilla started as a Defensive Coordinator and Safeties coach and was promoted to Head Coach in 2017 following the program's first winning season in 12 years. As a head coach, Padilla helped rebuild the program's roster from 38 in 2017 to 65 in the offseason of 2021 and led the program through the Covid-19 pandemic. While a defensive coordinator, Padilla held nine of 10 opponents to at least 10 points under their season average in 2017 and finished third in the conference in total defense and third-down defense. Padilla coaches three First Team All-Conference players that season. 

Jacobs and Padilla were members of the Notre Dame College staff from 2014-15. Padilla served as the Defensive Coordinator / Safeties coach and led the third-best defensive turnaround in Division II by decreasing points allowed by 15 per game in just two years. The Falcons went 7-4 in 2014, the program's first-ever winning season and the rush defense improved 60 yards per game over a two-year period.

Padilla also had coaching stops as the defensive coordinator (2011-13) and defensive backs coach (2010-11) at Albion College and as the outside linebackers / defensive ends coach at Colorado School of Mines from 2008-10 where he also served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. From 2006-08, Padilla was the DB coach at Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colo. 

Padilla played at Division II Winona State University from 2001-05 and was a member of four Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship teams and competed on three NCAA Division II playoff teams.