Women's track

  • 11 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 1982 NCAA Div. III team title
  • Nine top-25 team finishes since 2002
  • Four 2015 indoor All-Americans

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Coaching staff

Joe Dunham
Head coach

Iowa Conference Coach of the Year--2009 (outdoor), 2010 (indoor, outdoor), 2011 (indoor, outdoor), 2012 (outdoor), 2013 (indoor), 2015 (outdoor)
USTFCCCA Div. III Central Region Coach of the Year--2011 (outdoor), 2012 (outdoor), 2013 (indoor), 2014 (indoor), 2015 (indoor, outdoor)
Distance, middle distance

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

Dunham guided the Dutch to the Iowa Conference outdoor men's track and field titles in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 and led the squad to indoor league crowns in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and 2015. Central recorded five national top-10 finishes in the past four years, 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). 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.

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 120 times, received all-America distinction 67 times and set 36 school records.

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 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.

Phone: (641) 628-7603
Email: dunhamj@central.edu

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Jim Fuller
Associate head coach
Multi-events, sprints

After 24 seasons as a highly successful head coach at NCAA Division II Northern State University (S.D.), Jim Fuller joined the Central men's and women's track and field coaching staff as the associate head coach in 2013.

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.

Phone: (641) 628-5310
Email: fullerj@central.edu


Brenda Fuller
Assistant coach

Brenda Fuller joined the Central men's and women's track and field coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2013.

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 works in accounting at Schuring & Uitermarkt in Pella.

Phone: (641) 628-5605
Email: fullerbr@central.edu


Stephen Fyfe
Assistant coach

Stephen Fyfe joined the Central men's and women's track and field coaching staff in 2000. He 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
Email: fyfes@central.edu


Jonathan Graupmann
Assistant coach
Sprints, jumps

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 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
Email: graupmannj@central.edu


Dan Roemerman
Assistant coach

Dan Roemerman joined the Central men's and women's track and field coaching staff in 2016.

Roemerman was a standout athlete on the track for the Dutch, lettering all four years of his career. He earned All-American status in the 60-meter hurdles (indoors) and 110-meter hurdles (outdoors) in 2016. He was also a two-time all-Central Region selection and was named to the all-Iowa Conference team seven times.

An Iowa City native, Roemerman graduaed from Central with a degree in biology in 2016. Roemerman is also an admissions counselor at Central and handles student recruitment for north central and western Illinois.

Phone: (641) 628-7608
Email: roemermand@central.edu


Tyler Schiferl
Assistant coach
Pole vault

Tyler Schiferl joined the Central men's and women's track and field coaching staff in 2010.

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.


Allan Walz
Assistant coach

Allan Walz joined the Central men's and women's track and field coaching staff in 2009.

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.

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