FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University has announced the addition of Joel Leindecker as the new assistant track and field coach. Leindecker, a graduate of Easter Michigan University, comes to Midland from the University of Detroit Mercy (NCAA Division I) where he served in a similar role, coaching combined events as well as jumping events.
“Joel has a great energy about him and is very passionate about coaching,” stated Midland Head Track & Field Coach, Dan Gerber. “He is an excellent teacher of the sport and is really going to help elevate our field events.”
Coach Leindecker began his coaching career at Vandercook Lake High School, located in Vandercook, Michigan, where he worked with primarily with pole vaulters. Over time his responsibilities grew to include other field events. In five seasons at VLHS, he coached six Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) qualifiers and saw the school record fall three times.
After Vandercook, he spent three seasons coaching pole vault at Adrian College (NCAA Division III). While there he continued to work with high school athletes via a vaulting club he started. While his college athletes saw moderate success, his vaulting club saw 18 athletes qualify for the MHSAA state meet, 11 all-state performances, and one indoor state champion vaulter.
At Detroit Mercy, Coach Leindecker was able to help 30 athletes achieve top ten marks school marks in their respective events, including school records in the men’s and women’s pole vault. He also coached the 2018 Horizon League champion for the women’s heptathlon. This upcoming season will be his 11th as a track and field coach.