Women's cross country

  • 1981 NCAA Div. III champions
  • Nine All-Americans
  • Three national top-10 team finishes

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Coaching staff

Joe Dunham
Head coach

Iowa Conference Coach of the Year - 2012

Joe Dunham is entering his fifth year as Central's head men's and women's cross country coach and is in his fifth season as head men's and women's track and field coach at Central.

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.

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 led the Dutch men's outdoor track and field squad to four straight Iowa Conference crowns from 2009-12, while also guiding them to league indoor titles in 2010 and 2011. Central has recorded three national top-10 team finishes under Dunham, including a runner-up finish at the 2011 indoor championships.

Dunham has received seven conference coach of the year awards since taking over in 2009, including one in men's cross country (2012), two in men's indoor track and field (2010, 2011) and four in men's outdoor (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). He was also tabbed the USTFCCCA Central Region men's outdoor track and field coach of the year in 2011 and 2012.

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
Email: dunhamj@central.edu

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Stephen Fyfe
Associate head coach

Stephen Fyfe is entering his 15th season on Central's men's and women's cross country staff.

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 13 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
Email: fyfes@central.edu

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Jonathan Graupmann
Assistant coach

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
Email: graupmannj@central.edu

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