15 NCAA Div. III individual championships
Iowa Conference Coach of the Year--2009 (outdoor), 2010 (indoor, outdoor), 2011 (indoor, outdoor), 2012 (outdoor), 2013 (indoor)
USTFCCCA Div. III Central Region Coach of the Year--2011 (outdoor), 2012 (outdoor), 2013 (indoor), 2014 (indoor)
Distance, middle distance
Joe Dunham is in his sixth season of an already successful tenure as head men’s and women’s track and field coach at Central College. He is also the head men's and women's cross country coach.
Dunham guided the Dutch to the Iowa Conference outdoor men's track and field title in 2012 and led the squad to indoor league crowns in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Central recorded five national top-10 finishes in the past three years, including a runner-up finish at the 2011 indoor championships.
Dunham has received nine 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 four in men's outdoor track and field (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). He was also tabbed the USTFCCCA Central Region men's outdoor track and field coach of the year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Dunham has coached indoor and outdoor track and field athletes who have captured five national individual championships and 79 individual league titles. Dutch track and field athletes have qualified for the NCAA Div. III championship meet 104 times, received all-America distinction 61 times and set 34 school records.
In 2013, Dunham piloted the Dutch to their second consecutive Iowa Conference men’s cross country championship after winning their first ever league title in 2012, and led the squad to its second consecutive NCAA Division III national team berth after qualifying last season for the first time since 1980. The Dutch placed sixth with two All-America honorees (fourth, 10th).
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. Central sent a runner to the men's championships in 2011.
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 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.
Associate head coach
After 24 seasons as a highly successful head coach at NCAA Division II Northern State University (S.D.), Jim Fuller is in his second year as associate head men's and women's track and field coach at Central.
At Northern State, formerly an NAIA institution, Fuller's squads placed in the top 35 in the nation 20 times. Fuller also served as cross country coach for 16 seasons. He received Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference coach of the year recognition six times in track and five times in cross country, helping 815 athletes earn all-conference awards. Fuller's athletes have received all-America distinction 54 times.
In the classroom, the Northern State women's track and field and cross country teams have earned national academic team honors 17 consecutive years. The men's and women's squads have received academic honors a combined 41 times.
Fuller also serves Central as a lecturer of exercise science.
Brenda Fuller is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Central College men's and women's track and field teams.
Fuller served as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Northern State University (S.D.) for 24 seasons. She helped the Wolves place in the top 35 in the nation 20 times. Specializing in the throws, Fuller has coached 12 athletes who earned all-America honors, including a two-time national champ. Fuller's athletes have also captured 74 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference throwing event titles. Fuller was tabbed as the USTFCCCA Division II Central Region assistant coach of the year in 2009.
Fuller also serves as an administrative assistant in academic affairs at Central.
Phone: (641) 628-5605
Stephen Fyfe is in his 14th season on Central’s men’s and women’s track and field staff and also serves as associate head coach for men’s and women’s cross country.
Fyfe was the interim head cross country coach for the 2006 and 2008 campaigns before being promoted to associate head coach for the 2009 season.
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 13 marathons. Fyfe received his masters and doctoral degrees at Iowa State University and serves as a professor of computer science at Central.
Phone: (641) 628-5305
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Bringing experience from four NCAA institutions, Jonathan Graupmann is in his first season as assistant men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach at Central.
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 is scheduled to receive a masters degree in December from Tiffin University (Ohio). 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) 628-5226
Tyler Schiferl is in his fifth season as an assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach, working with the pole vault.
A native of Fordyce, Neb., Schiferl was a two-time track and field co-captain at South Dakota State University. He enjoyed an outstanding 2009 season, winning five meets and earning all-Summit League recognition. Schiferl was a Division I regional championships qualifier and was named to the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association’s all-academic team.
Schiferl earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from South Dakota State in 2009 and is a design engineer for Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella.
Scott Tjeerdsma is in his sixth season as an assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach.
A 2007 Wartburg College graduate, Tjeerdsma had a stellar collegiate athletics career. He earned all-America recognition in outdoor track and field in 2005, 2006 and 2007 while gaining indoor all-America honors in 2007. He was an Iowa Conference individual champion six times as a hurdler and 400-meter runner.
Tjeerdsma was the Wartburg team MVP in 2006 and 2007 and twice was named to the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association’s all-academic team.
An elementary school teacher in Pella, Tjeerdsma was an assistant track and field coach for Pella High School for one season, focusing on the hurdling events. He helped the Little Dutch boys’ team qualify in a school-record 15 events for the state high school meet.
Allan Walz is in his sixth year as assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach, working with the throwing events.
A former Bondurant-Farrar High School standout, Walz broke the Drake Relays high school discus record and the state meet mark as well while also lettering in football, basketball and baseball. At the Univ. of Northern Iowa, Walz set school records for the hammer throw and the weight throw. He was a NCAA Division I all-America honoree in the weight throw and was a national outdoor meet qualifier in the discus.
Walz earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa and is a financial consultant at MidWestOne Investments in Pella.