Men's cross country

  • Back-to-back Iowa Conference champions (2012, 2013)
  • Nine Iowa Conference MVPs
  • Four straight national meet berths
  • Placed 6th at 2013 NCAA meet

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Coaching staff

Joe Dunham
Head coach

Iowa Conference Coach of the Year - 2012, 2013

Joe Dunham was named the Central head men's and women's cross country coach and head men's and women's track and field coach in 2009.

Dunham led the Dutch to a fourth-straight appearance at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2015, where the team finished 25th and one Central runner earned all-American honors. In 2014, Central earned its third straight men's cross country NCAA Division III national team berth, finishing in 11th place with one all-America honoree.

In 2012, Dunham piloted the Dutch to their first Iowa Conference men's cross country championship ever, and led an all-underclass squad to its first NCAA Division III national team berth since 1980, earning a surprising 12th-place finish (tie) with one all-America honoree. Central repeated as conference champions in 2013 and returned to the national meet where they finished in sixth place with a pair of all-Americans.

In 2009, his first year as cross country coach, Dunham piloted the Dutch women to their first NCAA Division III national team berth since 1981, guiding an unheralded squad to a 19th-place national finish.

Dunham has piloted the Dutch men's outdoor track and field squad to six Iowa Conference crowns (2009-12, 2015-16), while also guiding them to five league indoor titles (2010-2011, 2013, 2015-16). Central has recorded four national top-10 team finishes under Dunham, including a runner-up finish at the 2011 indoor championships.

Dunham has received 10 conference coach of the year awards since taking over in 2009, including two in men's cross country (2012, 2013), three in men's indoor track and field (2010, 2011, 2013,) and five in men's outdoor (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015). Central has received the conference coaching staff of the year twice in his tenure in men's indoor track (2016) and men's outdoor track (2016). He was also tabbed as the USTFCCCA Central Region men's indoor track and field coach of the year in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the outdoor track and field coach of the year in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

A three-time all-America cross country honoree who also earned track and field all-America recognition at Denison University (Ohio) and Keene State College (N.H.), Dunham served as head track and field coach at St. Norbert College (Wis.) for four seasons and cross country coach for three years. He resigned following the 2007 spring season to enter private business. During his tenure at St. Norbert, the Green Knights broke 41 school records and had numerous NCAA Division III meet qualifiers while capturing an individual national title in the 800 meters. His squads consistently placed near the top of the Midwest Conference despite not having an on-campus track facility.

Earlier Dunham spent two years as an assistant at Trinity College (Conn.), helping the women’s cross country squad place second in the 2003 NCAA Division III meet. He earned a master’s degree at Trinity.

Phone: (641) 628-7603

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Stephen Fyfe
Associate head coach

Stephen Fyfe joined the Central men's and women's cross country coaching staffs in 1999.

Fyfe served as the interim head coach in 2006 and 2008 and was promoted to associate head coach for the 2009 season. Fyfe is an assistant for the men's and women's track and field squads as well.

A 1987 Central graduate, Fyfe earned three varsity letters in cross country and four in track and field. He continues to compete in road races on the masters level and has completed 14 marathons. Fyfe received his masters and doctoral degrees at Iowa State University and serves as an associate professor of computer science at Central.

Phone: (641) 628-5305


Jonathan Graupmann
Assistant coach

Bringing experience from four NCAA institutions, Jonathan Graupmann joined the Central cross country and track and field coaching staffs in 2013.

An assistant women’s track and field coach at Texas Lutheran University in 2013, Graupmann is a 2007 graduate of Division III Ohio Northern University and received a Master of Humanities with a concentration in creative writing and English literature from Tiffin University (Ohio) in 2016. Graupmann was a five-time Ohio Athletics Conference sprint champion and earned all-America distinction in the 4x100-meter relay in 2005. He also competed in men’s soccer for three seasons. Following graduation, Graupmann directed the Northern Kentucky Track Club for a year, while also serving as assistant track and field and cross country coach at Dixie Heights (Ky.) High School. During 2009-11, he was an assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach at Marietta College (Ohio), then spent 2011-12 as a graduate assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach at Tiffin before coaching at Texas Lutheran. He assisted with the Texas Lutheran squad that claimed the American Southwest Conference championship in May.

Graupmann has also had extensive training through USA Track and Field (USATF) and has earned USATF Level 3 certification in sprints/hurdles/relays while receiving Level 2 training in endurance events and jumps and also attaining International Association of Athletics Federations Level 5 coach distinction.

Phone: (641) 628-5591

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