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Lance Vanderberg
Head Coach - 2nd Season
Alma Mater: Taylor University
Phone: 765-998-5598

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.

2014 Men's Cross Country Roster
Roster for 2014 Men's Cross Country Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Joseph BeamishFR  Dunedin, New ZealandJohn McGlashan
Stephen ChoFR  Fishers, INHamilton Southeastern
Aaron CrullJR  Carmel, INCarmel
Tanner DyeSO  New Castle, INNew Castle
Ethan EvansSR  Muncie, INMuncie South
Jordan FlorianSO  Baroda, MILakeshore
Matt HallSO  Crete, ILIlliana Christian
Scott KingSR  Minooka, ILYorkville
Tyler KoteskeyFR  Fort Wayne, INHomestead
Clayton OrenderJR  Bedford, INBedford North Lawrence
Jared ReedSR  Perkasie, PAPennridge
David RodmanJR  Upland, INEastbrook
Aaron ScottSO  West Liberty, OHWest Liberty Salem
Kyle SheltonFR  Channahon, ILMinooka Community
Sam SlySO  Richland, MIGull Lake
Ben StuckeyJR  Bucyrus, OHWynford
Jonathan TaylorFR  LaGrange, KYPortland Christian
Josh VahleJR  Carmel, INCarmel
Schalk Van NiekerkSO  Grand Haven, MIGrand Haven
Nathan WachtmannSO  Archbold, OHArchbold
Zach WarnerSR  Carmel, INPortage Central