The 2014-2015 year will be the second for Lance Vanderberg as the head coach for the men’s cross country program at Taylor University and his ninth year on staff with the men’s track and field squad.
Vanderberg’s first season at the helm of the cross country program brought the Trojans back into the national spotlight, with TU posting a record of 89-23 and earning votes in the NAIA Top-25 Poll for the first time since the 2009 campaign. Taylor claimed the team title at the Bethel Invite and took second at the Crossroads League Championships, while sending a pair of runners to the NAIA National Championships.
In addition to his new role as head coach of the men’s cross country program, Vanderberg also led the Taylor men’s track and field program as the interim head coach during the 2014 season. The success continued for Vanderberg with the distance squad, as two individuals qualified for indoor nationals, along with two individuals and one relay qualifying for outdoor nationals. The year was also highlighted by two indoor school records, one outdoor school record and one NAIA Outdoor All-American honor for the Trojans in the 5,000 meters.
Prior to taking over the reins of the program in 2013, Vanderberg spent seven seasons on staff at Taylor as an assistant coach for the men’s cross country and track and field programs from 2006 through 2013 under the guidance of head coach Ted Bowers.
During that time, Vanderberg helped Taylor student-athletes re-write the program’s record books by notching eight different top-10 times in distance events with the track program. Vanderberg also saw the Trojans qualify for NAIA Nationals in three relay and seven individual events from 2010 through 2013.
Vanderberg graduated from Taylor in 2006 with a degree in social studies education, before earning a master’s degree in higher education from TU in 2013.
Vanderberg excelled as a student-athlete with the Trojans as a three-time NAIA National Qualifier in both cross country and track. Vanderberg still owns top-10 marks for Taylor in the 1,500-meter, 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter runs and highlighted his standout career with a seventh-place finish and an All-American honor at the 2005 NAIA Cross Country National Championships.
Prior to his days at TU, the Muskegon, Michigan, native was a two-time All-Michigan performer in cross country at Mona Shores High and earned All-Michigan and Adidas All-American accolades as part of the 4x800-meter relay team during his senior season in 2002.
Along with his role as the head men’s cross country coach and assistant men’s track coach at TU, Vanderberg works as a Learning Specialist in the Academic Enrichment Center for Taylor University.
Vanderberg is married to his wife, Amy, and the couple currently resides in Upland with their newborn son, Ezra.
|Joseph Beamish||FR||Dunedin, New Zealand||John McGlashan|
|Stephen Cho||FR||Fishers, IN||Hamilton Southeastern|
|Aaron Crull||JR||Carmel, IN||Carmel|
|Tanner Dye||SO||New Castle, IN||New Castle|
|Ethan Evans||SR||Muncie, IN||Muncie South|
|Jordan Florian||SO||Baroda, MI||Lakeshore|
|Matt Hall||SO||Crete, IL||Illiana Christian|
|Scott King||SR||Minooka, IL||Yorkville|
|Tyler Koteskey||FR||Fort Wayne, IN||Homestead|
|Clayton Orender||JR||Bedford, IN||Bedford North Lawrence|
|Jared Reed||SR||Perkasie, PA||Pennridge|
|David Rodman||JR||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Aaron Scott||SO||West Liberty, OH||West Liberty Salem|
|Kyle Shelton||FR||Channahon, IL||Minooka Community|
|Sam Sly||SO||Richland, MI||Gull Lake|
|Ben Stuckey||JR||Bucyrus, OH||Wynford|
|Jonathan Taylor||FR||LaGrange, KY||Portland Christian|
|Josh Vahle||JR||Carmel, IN||Carmel|
|Schalk Van Niekerk||SO||Grand Haven, MI||Grand Haven|
|Nathan Wachtmann||SO||Archbold, OH||Archbold|
|Zach Warner||SR||Carmel, IN||Portage Central|