Ralph Lindeman
    Ralph Lindeman

    Head Coach | Combined Events

    25th Season

    Alma Mater:
    Arizona State (1973) | Arizona State (1976)


    Ralph Lindeman and Scott Steffan Earn Regional Coaching Honors

    It is the second straight year that the pair has swept the Mountain Region men's coaching awards.


    Ralph Lindeman Named MW Men's Coach of the Year

    Lindeman claimed the conference outdoor coaching honor for the fourth time.


    Falcons Set to Host Annual All-Comers Meet

    The meet will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Cadet Field House.


    Ralph Lindeman and Scott Steffan Earn USTFCCCA Coaching Awards

    Paige Blackburn was selected as the region's top female field athlete.


    Ralph Lindeman Named MW Men's Coach of the Year

    It is the third MW Outdoor Coach of the Year honor for Lindeman.


    MW Outdoor Championships

    Photos from the MW Outdoor Championships on May 12.


    Outdoor Combined Events

    Photos from the Outdoor Combined Events on April 5.


    Air Force Invitational

    Photos from the Air Force Invitational on Feb. 11


    AF Team Challenge

    Photos from the Air Force Team Challenge on Jan. 28.


    Indoor Combined Events

    Photos from the Indoor Combined Events on Jan. 27.

    Ralph Lindeman, a 12-time conference coach of the year and the recipient of three of the last four USTFCCCA regional coach of the year awards, is beginning his 25th season at the helm of the Air Force track and field team.

    Lindeman is well-known throughout the international track and field community and holds many distinctions from his long involvement with both the Olympic sport and the Academy's athletic program. From the very first day he stepped onto the track at the Academy in 1989, the Falcons have benefited from Lindeman's leadership and his love of coaching.

    Over his tenure at the Academy, Lindeman has earned numerous coaching distinctions and honors. He is a 12-time conference Coach of the Year, a three-time USTFCCCA Mountain Region Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year and the 2012 USTFCCCA Mountain Region Men's Indoor Coach of the Year. He was most recently voted as the Mountain West Conference Men's Coach of the Year during the 2013 outdoor season, marking the ninth time he has claimed an MW award (indoor: 2012, 2011, 2008, 2004, 2001; outdoor: 2013, 2012, 2003, 2001). In addition to earning the 1995 WAC Indoor Coach of the Year and the 1991 WAC Cross Country Coach of the Year at Air Force, Lindeman was named the 1989 Big West Coach of the Year while at Long Beach State.

    He has guided the Air Force men's program to 22 top-three finishes during Mountain West Conference indoor and outdoor seasons, including the 2012 indoor conference title and the last two outdoor MW team titles. In addition, he has watched the women's program break numerous Academy records and become a significant force in the league.

    His work is not limited to the boundaries of the Academy. Lindeman served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Track & Field Team that participated in the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Previously, he was the jumps, pole vault and decathlon coach for the U.S. Men's Track & Field Team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. That team collected 19 medals - including two Gold and five Silver medals from Lindeman-coached athletes - for the squad's highest medal count since the 1992 Games in Barcelona.

    He also served as an advisor to the South Korean team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and was a scheduling manager for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. In addition to his work with the Olympic Games, Lindeman has also served as the head men's coach for the 2001 World University Games, the 1999 Pan American Games and the "North Team" at the 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival.

    As the chairman of the hurdle sub-committee for USATF's Men's Development Committee from 1993-2000, Lindeman coordinated video analysis of all hurdle races at USA Championships and Olympic Trials and managed a series of annual mini-camps for the elite U.S. male hurdlers at San Diego's Olympic Training Center. Lindeman has also worked on the coaching staff for the United States men's team at the 1992 World Junior Championships and the "West Team" at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival.

    Lindeman first became excited about track and field as a seventh grader at Phoenix Christian Grade School in Arizona, when his physical education teacher took his class to a collegiate track dual-meet featuring Arizona State and New Mexico. Later, the influences of his high school track coaches, according to Lindeman, "unknowingly inspired me to pursue coaching."

    Lindeman's coaching career began in 1973, when he was an assistant coach at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Ariz., working with the football and track teams. From there, he became an assistant track coach at Glendale High School in Glendale, Ariz., working under Ken France, a legend in the Arizona coaching ranks. He also served as the head coach for the cross country and track teams during his five-year tenure at Glendale.

    Following a stint as the boys' track and cross country coach at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., Lindeman moved up to the collegiate ranks, becoming an assistant track coach at Arizona State, coaching the field events for the men's team. The 1982 Sun Devil team won Arizona State's first-ever PAC-10 title in track and field.

    In 1982, Lindeman went to the University of Arizona as an assistant coach of the men's and women's teams, overseeing the sprints, hurdles and jumps. Both the men's and women's teams placed in the top 10 at the 1984 NCAA Championships.

    Lindeman credits Len Miller at Arizona State University and Dave Murray at the University of Arizona for giving him his first opportunities at the university level and teaching him about coaching collegiate athletes. For his 11 years coaching within the state of Arizona, Lindeman was inducted into the Arizona Track Coaches Association's Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2009.

    Lindeman left Arizona in 1984, when he was named the head coach at Long Beach State University. During his five years there, he took the men's and women's track and field teams, as well as the cross country teams, to new heights in the Big West Conference. He remained with the 49ers until his appointment at Air Force.

    In 1989, Lindeman came to the Air Force Academy as the head coach of the men's and women's track and field team, as well as the head coach of the Falcons' men's cross country program.

    As the cross country mentor, he guided the Falcons to their first-ever conference championship title, when they claimed the 1991 Western Athletic Conference championship. Led by two-time WAC Champion, Chris Nelson, Lindeman's 1991 team went on to place second at the regional meet and 14th at the NCAA Championships. The team's second-place finish at the regional championships remains the best finish ever by an Air Force cross country team, while its placing at the national meet is the program's second-best finish since 1967.

    Since Lindeman's arrival at the Air Force Academy, the Falcons have accounted for 31 individual WAC champions and 87 individual Mountain West champions. In addition, the men have rewritten 48 Academy records, while the women have displaced 40. Lindeman-coached Air Force teams have produced two national champions, including Callie Calhoun, who earned five titles during her career and Dana Pounds, who collected back-to-back titles in the javelin. His teams have also garnered 53 All-America selections.

    Lindeman has a simple coaching philosophy which is summed up in the USAFA core values - "Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do".

    He believes that his role as the head coach is to make sure that the program provides a framework in which the cadet-athletes can achieve excellence, not only athletically, but also academically and militarily.

    In addition to his coaching duties, he has been a featured speaker at coaching clinics in 25 states and four countries, while writing articles that have been published in three journals and chapters of the textbooks "Hurdles: Theory and Technique" and the "USA Track and Field Coaching Manual" (1999 edition).

    Lindeman has been very active on various track and field committees, as well. He served as the first chairman of the Coaches' Association Ethics Committee, and was elected as the chair of the USATF Coaches Advisory Committee in 2009, a position he still holds. He has also sat on the men's hurdle development committee during four Olympic quadrennials, holding the chairman's position from 1993-2000. In addition, he has served on the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee, acting as the chairman for the 2000 outdoor championships and was the president of the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association (Division I Coaches) from 2000-03.

    Lindeman sees his involvement with these organizations as a way to not only make a significant improvement to the sport of collegiate track and field, but to extend benefits to the development of the Air Force program.

    Lindeman graduated in 1973 from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He went on to complete a master's degree in exercise science from ASU in 1976.

    He has been married for the past 42 years to his wife, Cindy, who has been a fixture as a teacher at Springs Community Church Preschool for many years. They have two children and six grandchildren.

    Their daughter, Jennifer, is a graduate of Arizona State, as is her husband, Brian Rowedder. Jennifer and Brian have three children, Maddison, Brock and Landon. Their son, Brian, is a firefighter in Parker, Colo., and a former high school state champion in the pole vault. He is married to Heather Dunavint, and they have twin girls, Elsie and Mira, and a son, Brogan.

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