Captain Ben Dahlke is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Air Force track and field program. He primarily works with the men's and women's hurdlers, while assisting with the sprint events.
Dahlke graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1999 with a B.S. in biology. Following graduation, Dahlke remained with the program as a graduate assistant, where he was responsible for coaching the hurdlers.
During that time, he expanded recruitment in all event areas while focusing on the hurdle and sprint events. Student athletes included in that class of recruits went on to become the men's first, second and fifth all-time 110-meter hurdlers and swept the top three places of both the indoor and outdoor Mountain West Conference Championships; the school record-holder in the women's indoor long jump and outdoor triple jump; and school record-holders in the men's long jump and triple jump, among many others.
After his first coaching stint, Dahlke went to Officer Space Prerequisite Training at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., and entered U.S. Space Command in the 90th Operations Group at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. Dahlke's impressive five-year run in the 90th culminated with assignments as the Senior Combat Crew Evaluator and as Chief Wing EWO Plans, responsible for the targeting of 150 nuclear weapons.
During his time at F.E. Warren, Dahlke also earned a master's degree in Environmental Policy and Management through the American Military University.
A three-year letterwinner in track and field as a hurdler at the Academy, Dahlke also ran a leg on the fourth-fastest 4x100-meter relay team in Academy history and was a consistent point-earner in the 110-meter high hurdles. He earned multiple academic all-conference selections in the Western Athletic Conference and was named team captain during his senior year.
Ben and his wife, Aimee, are originally from Menomonie, Wis., and were married in December 2001. They have three boys; Noah, Garrett and Reese.