ANGOLA, IND. -- Trine University Athletic Director/Assistant VP for Athletics Matt Land has announced the hiring of Josh Fletcher as the next Head Coach of the Thunder men's and women's track and field teams.
"I'm very thankful to Trine University for giving me an opportunity to lead their track and field programs," said Fletcher. "Coaching at the college level has always been a dream of mine!"
Fletcher comes to Trine after a four-year stay at Penn High School (2014-18) in Mishawaka, Ind. as Head Track & Field Coach. Prior to Penn H.S., Fletcher served as head coach of the cross country and track & field teams at Northridge High School (1998-2014), his alma mater, in Middlebury, Ind.
While at Northridge H.S., Fletcher led the boys cross country team to the 2004 IHSAA State Championship. That spring, he mentored the girls track 4x800 relay team to a state title after posting a time of 9:08.33. A year later, the girls 4x800 relay squad finished as runners-up in the IHSAA State Meet. He had also helped lead the boys track teams at Northridge to eight consecutive top-10 finishes at the state meet (2001-5th, 2002-9th, 2003-9th, 2004-1st, 2005-6th, 2006-6th, 2007-4th, 2008-8th).
In 2014, Fletcher continued to help mentor his student-athletes to success as he coached the IHSAA 800-meter State Champion. Two years later, Fletcher helped lead the Penn H.S. girls 4x800 relay team to a state title following a mark of 9:01.41 and also coached the 2016 State Champion in the long jump. In 2017, the 4x800-meter relay team finished as runners-up in the event at the State Meet. He also mentored the girls cross country team in 2014 and finished fourth in the state.
For his career, Fletcher has coached a combined 48 All-State athletes in cross country and track & field. In addition, he has coached multiple female athletes to sub five minute marks in the 1600-meter and sub 11 minute times in the 3200-meter events.
Fletcher is a 1999 graduate of Goshen College where he was a student-athlete in cross country, track & field and baseball. He went on to earn a Master's degree in education leadership from Indiana University in 2008.
Fletcher and his wife, Ashley, live in Bristol, Ind. with their five children: Cora, Urban, Owen, Hazel and Tillie.