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Head Coach
5th Season

Joel Popenfoose enters his third season as Head Coach of the Men’s & Women’s Track and Field program.  In his first two years the Eagles made significant progress toward rewriting the program’s record book, establishing 26 new records.  Judson athletes set records at the C.C.A.C. conference level and earned 4 NCCAA All American honors in Popenfoose’s first two seasons.  During the 2014 indoor campaign Judson celebrated its first ever NAIA Women’s Track & Field All American on the strength of Jordan Wagner’s 6th place finish in the Women’s 800 meter dash.    


Eagle Track & Field athletes have also distinguished themselves in the classroom under Popenfoose’s leadership.  Cassandra Criminger was named the 2014 Judson Scholar Athlete of the year and the Women’s team was named an NAIA Scholar-Team during the 2013-2014 outdoor season.  In addition Eagle athletes have earned numerous awards on a national level including 6 Capital One Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards and 12 NCCAA Scholar Athlete the past two seasons.    


A Moody Bible Institute and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School graduate and Indiana native, Popenfoose took over leadership of the Eagle program after spending the previous 9 years at Huntley High School.  At Huntley Popenfoose helped lead the Red Raiders to their first boy’s Track & Field Sectional, County, and Fox Valley Conference Titles and developed over 70 All Conference (Fox Valley) athletes, 30 state qualifiers, 6 All State athletes and 1 State Champion during his years.  He was a member of the Huntley football staff from 2000-2013 and his 2008 Red Raider Offensive line is in the IHSA record books for the second highest single game rushing total in IHSA history.  Popenfoose is a USATF Level I certified coach and a graduate of the USTFCCCA Technical Certification course.


Popenfoose is a long time resident of Huntley, founding Pastor of Westlake Community Church and Lead Pastor of Journey Church in Huntley.  He and his wife Kim have five children; Adam, Luke, Casey, Marcus, and Myra.  Adam is a U.S.M.C. veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and a student finishing his college degree as is Myra.  Luke is in heaven.  Casey is a teacher and coach at Huntley High School and Marcus is a two time All American in track and field at Auburn University.  Marcus has recently joined the Judson Track & Field staff as Throws coach. 

2017-18 Men's T&F Roster
Roster for 2017-18 Men's T&F Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Andrew AllenJR  Milford, ILMilford High School
Shawn BandelFR  Lake Zurich, ILLake Zurich High School
Dan BeckerJR  Sheboygan, WINorth Sheboygan High School
John BowenSR  Union, ILMarengo High School
Jordan BraceroJR  Mount Carroll, ILWest Carroll High School
Grant BradmanSO  Grand Rapids, MISouth Christian High School
Robert BrunsSR  St. Joseph, MOWaynesville High School
Chris CarterSO  Brooklyn Park, MNPark Center High School
Luis Colon IIIFR  West Warwick, RIWest Warwick High School
Jeffry DeLongJR  LaMoille, ILLaMoille Community
Caleb FletcherSR  Lake Fenton, MILake Fenton High School
Michael FordSO  Rockford, ILChristian Life High School
Devaim FulmoreSO  Brooklyn, NYBoys & Girls High School
Alex GarciaJR  Elgin, ILElgin Community College
Josiah GuyantFR  Oshkosh, WIValley Christian High School
Dietrich HeissSR  Beloit, WIBeloit High School
Jayvious JohnsonFR  Machesney Park, ILHarlem High School
Tahir JonesFR  West Dundee, ILHoffman Estates High School
Niko KravtsevFR  Donetsk, UkraineVernon Hills High School
Jhoan LinoSR  Streamwood, ILHarper College
Matt MallarySR  Erie, ILErie-Prophetstown High School
Michael MikhailSO  Elgin, ILSouth Elgin High School
Ben SimpsonSO  Winslow, ILLena Winslow High School
Joseph SipiorskiJR  Algonquin, ILJacobs High School
Mathew ThompsonFR  Mount Horeb, WI Mount Horeb High School
Francisco VillanuevaFR  Round Lake, ILRound Lake High School
Jacob WieseSR  Fremont, NEFremont High School
Mark WinstonSR  Harlingen, TX
Joel Popenfoose - Head Coach - 5th season
Bisrat Kidane - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Jeff Zoellick - Assistant Coach - 2nd season
Kilee Hoffman - Grad Assistant - 2nd season
D.J. Wolfram - Grad Assistant - 1st season
Alexis Tesch - Manager - 1st season