Phone: 620-947-3121, ext. 1641
Length of time at Tabor: Since 1997
This is my 13th year as the Head Coach of the Men's and Women's Track teams at Tabor College. I am a 1978 graduate of Tabor College where I played four years of football, three years of basketball, and a year of baseball. I am a USATF Level II Coach in the Throws and Multis.
KCAC Men’s Coach of Year: 2004 and 2012
KCAC Women’s Coach of the Year: 2003, 2007, 2009, 2012
My wife, Kim, and I have been married for 35 year. We have four grown children. Our oldest daughter, Angela, is married to Andrew Jost and lives in Hillsboro. They have a daughter, Addison, who was born May 2008 and a son, Easton, who was born November 2010, a son Brendan, who was born January, 2013. Our second daughter, Shannon, is married to Rob Hamilton and they are currently living in Kiliua, HI. Kyle is married to Alyssa and they live in Newton. Cassie, our youngest graduated from Tabor in 2013 and is preparing to spend the next two years in England with a missions organization called Operation Mobilization doing accounting work.
I enjoy music and like to sing. I play the piano and compose music. I'm an elder at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church where I teach adult Sunday school and occasionally lead music in worship.
I want to help athletes get better than they are now, both athletically and spiritually. We run an excellent program where everyone will get coached, no matter their ability level and everyone will be challenged to grow spiritually in their understanding of who they are in Christ.
I am an encourager. That's my personality and I believe that is also a spiritual gift. I get excited about PRs and excellent performances.
I'm the flexibility coach. I work with a lot of multiple-sport athletes and I try to accommodate their participation in those sports even during our competitive season. My cup is always 1/2 full. I try to always see the best in people. I'm a very positive person most of the time except when athletes don't communicate with me about things like injuries, absences, etc. I strive to run a big-time program within the parameters that Tabor offers. We will have the most up-to-date training methods available. I am currently a USATF Level 2 Coach in the Throws and in the Multis. We will have a great strength program for all athletes. I believe that the weight room is where all of our tracksters will become better athletes. Above all, we will honor Christ with how we practice and how we compete. On the back of our track T-shirts each year will be 1st Corinthians 9:24-25, "Run (jump and throw) in such a way as to get . . . a crown that lasts forever."
Finally, I bleed Tabor blue! I am an alum. I believe and work at accomplishing the mission of Christ-centered higher education. I am pleased to be a part of college that strives to “Prepare, People for a life of Learning, Work, and Service for Christ and His Kingdom. I want Tabor College to be the best it can be in everything and want to do my part to see us grow in quality and numbers.
What is special about athletics at Tabor?
The people. Tabor students, faculty and staff are caring and warm people. They will go out of their way to help each other. I also am completely sold on the Christ-centered experience that Tabor offers in athletics, academic, and residence life. Tabor is one of the few colleges in America where, if you make good choices, you could be a better person when you graduate, not just an educated one that survived ‘college'.
We have a new track and field event area which is as good as any track facility in the state. I also have an excellent staff of volunteer coaches that have been with me for a long time without which we would not have been as nearly as successful as we have been. They all share a passion for leaving a legacy in young men and women of life lessons that last far beyond graduation.
How do you integrate faith into your coaching?
It is one of the great joys of my life to see freshman grow athletically and spiritually into seniors who are ready for the next part of life. They figure out what it takes to be excellent in track and field and they grow towards a better understanding of how they should live life as a Christian. I covet the times that I get to share with my athletes, especially being able to talk about the Bible and about God and how those things make a difference in my life and can make a difference in their lives.
BA in Business Administration/Economics from Tabor College, 1978
MBA from the University of Kansas, 1986
I taught in the Tabor College Business Department both full or part-time for 13 years beginning in the fall of 1997. I was a part-time Associate Professor of Business and Head Men’s and Women’s T&F Coach from 2000 to the spring of 2011. I transitioned to full-time track and field in the fall of 2011. I really missed the classroom so I taught Wellness Concepts in the PE Dept. in the Fall of 2012 and will be teaching Macroeconomics back in the Business Department in the fall of 2013. Helping people learn things they don’t know is a passion of mine. Doing that in the hammer ring, in the classroom, on the track, or in Sunday School allows me the chance to do just that.
Coach Soo Hoo begins his 4th season as the men's and women's middle distance/distance coach. Joel is a Tabor College alum who ran cross country and track at Tabor and is presently employed at the Mennonite Brethren Foundation in Hillsboro as Vice President and Treasurer. His wife's name is Lori.
|Tabor at||4th of 10|
|KCAC Track and Field Championships @ Bethel College|
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|Wichita State or ACCK|
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|Emporia State Spring Open|
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|Southwestern College Relays|
|Tabor at||4th of 9|
|KCAC Indoor Meet @ Kansas State University|