Getting to Know Coach Lindeman

Hobbies: yardwork, reading non-fiction, golf
Favorite Pasttime: watching grandkids’ soccer games
Last Book Read: “Grit” by Angela Duckworth
Book on His Nightstand Now: The Bible (always there), Rick Warren’s “The Purpose-driven Life” and “Urban Meyer: Above the Line”
Favorite Vacation Spot: Grand Lake, Colo. / Rocky Mountain National Park
What’s on His iTunes: Sidewalk Prophets, Casting Crowns, Colton Dixon, Lauren Daigle
Favorite Movie: The “classic” is Chariots of Fire (1981), but the movies I watch most frequently are silly comedies like “Caddyshack,” “Bull Durham” and “Tin Cup”
Favorite Foods: salmon, ribeye, green chili cheeseburger, and anything “bison"
Favorite Restaurant: Colorado Mountain Brewery, Ted’s Montana Grill, Bonefish (sorry, can’t pick just one!)
Person He’d Most Like to Meet: Billy Graham
If He Wasn’t Coaching, He’d Be: In my fantasy world, a golf teaching pro or fly-fishing guide, but in reality, most likely a pastor.
Coaching Hero: John Wooden
Favorite Track Meet: Drake Relays
Favorite Track Stadium: Historic Hayward Field, University of Oregon
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Colorado Rockies in the summer, Denver Broncos in the fall

What is the “Lindeman Philosophy”?
“I don’t think my position is just coaching the men’s and women’s track teams. My responsibility is to provide leadership for the entire program - that means not only ensuring athletic success, but success in the other mission elements as well. I’ve always thought of myself, first and foremost, as a teacher, and that’s how I started out in this profession - teaching biology and coaching at the high school level. I’m now a teacher who spends up to three hours every day with the cadet-athletes I work with. I like to think I mentor those cadet-athletes in everything I teach, from track and field technique and training to character development and leadership.”

Who do you look to as a mentor?
“I had a number of mentors during my formative years as a coach— Dave Murray, Tom Tellez, Jimmy Carnes and Sam Bell, among others. But over the past number of years my “mentors” have been my close friends I can talk to about everything from coaching questions, to the state of our sport, to character and leadership issues— those would include Greg Hull, Ron Mann, Mark Stanforth, Craig Poole, and the late John McNichols. In the end, though, my “go to” mentor would be my wife, Cindy, whose wisdom and counsel I value above all others.”

What do you love about being a coach at the Academy?
“I’ve always bought into the mission of the Academy, the USAF’s Core Values, the Leadership Development System … but the biggest reason I love coaching here is the people— the awesome young men and young women I get to work with, the outstanding coaches I get to share my job with, and the incredible senior leadership in AD.

What do you expect from your athletes?
“I expect them to live the USAF’s core values— “Integrity First, Service Before Self, Excellence in All We Do.”

“Integrity First” includes qualities like character, dedication, devotion, responsibility and accountability that are so important for any athlete’s success. “Service before Self” includes being servant-leaders, good sportsmen and being team players. “Excellence in All We Do” involves being goal-oriented, success-driven, and having an uncompromising work ethic and will to win. If they'll honor those core values, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

What is your vision for the program?
“Our vision is for our teams to annually contend for Mountain West Conference team titles and make a loud impact at the NCAA Championship level. Simply, our aim is to be the (1) BEST of the Mountain West, (2) BEST of our fellow Service Academies, and (3) BEST of the NCAA’s non-Power 5 (“mid-major”) programs in indoor track, outdoor track and cross country year-in and year-out.”

What do you look for when recruiting athletes?
“The first thing we have to look for is NCAA Division I-caliber athletes who can run fast, jump high and throw far. Then, of course, because of USAFA’s high academic standards, we need to narrow that pool to those who can qualify, and then succeed, academically here. Finally, I really enjoy recruiting young men and women who love our Country and want to serve it. Once they’re at USAFA, the cadets I enjoy coaching the most are those who love our sport and are committed to excellence in it.”

What are your most memorable coaching experiences?
“I love telling stories from my memorable coaching experiences, and many of those stem from my experiences at three Olympic Games and other Team USA competitions. But my most memorable are of “success stories” of both individuals and teams through the years— some of those were success stories academically, others were character and leadership or military success stories, and of course, a few are even success stories of individuals and teams who had tremendous careers, incredible years, or even amazing individual track meets or races or events.”

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