Women's Track and Field Coaching Staff
John Hartpence
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John Hartpence
Head Coach

John Hartpence enters 2014-15 for his eighth season as the head coach of the Defiance College cross country and track and field programs, where he works primarily with athletes in the distance, hurdles, and field events.

The 2012-13 campaign was solid, as Hartpence led his teams to strong finishes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference during each sports season. In the fall, he guided the men’s cross country team to a fourth-place finish in conference, which was the best mark for the team since 2001 and also coached up two First-Team All-HCAC selections for the first time in program history. Then in indoor competition, Hartpence led the DC men and women to third and fourth in conference, respectively. Both sides accrued 16 new school records, three First-Team All-HCAC members and seven second-team selections. The teams also racked up three All-Ohio honorees and seven track or field athlete of the week honors. Finally, Hartpence came through with a solid outdoor track and field showing, as both the men’s and women’s squads finished third in the HCAC. They put together six all-conference athletes, three second teamers, three All-Ohio athletes and set six new Purple and Gold Records.

However, Hartpence’s most outstanding accomplishment has come in his work with All-American Tom Postema over the past two years. The recently graduated Yellow Jacket thrower put together arguably the greatest indoor and outdoor track and field season in school history. Postema competed in the shot put and weight throw during the indoor competition and the hammer throw, discus and shot put in the outdoor campaign. Over those five events, the Defiance, Ohio native, set the school record in each and holds the conference record in all but the outdoor shot put. During his career, Postema was also a six-time All-Ohio Champion, HCAC Field Athlete of the Year during all four season he competed, a three-time Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year and was twice selected as the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Div. III National Male Athlete of the Week. Finally, to conclude his extensive list of accolades, Hartpence coached up Postema to National Collegiate Athletic Association Div. III All-American status in four different events and was the Div. III National Champion in the Hammer Throw in May of 2013.

Hartpence came to Defiance after serving as the head track and field coach at Dickinson College for seven years, where he guided the women’s team to six Centennial Collegiate Conference championships, and saw the men’s team earn five runner-up finishes.

In addition to the teams’ success, Hartpence guided his Red Devils to 65 individual conference championships during his tenure at Dickinson, and was voted as the USTFCCAA Mid-East Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year in both 2002 and 2003.

Hartpence earned his undergraduate degree in physical education from Cortland College, before completing a master’s of science degree in health and human performance from the University of Montana in 1996. He is certified as a Level II Track and Field Coach for throwing and jumping events.

Women's Track and Field Coaching Staff
John Hartpence
Head Coach
Marcus Matyas
Assistant Coach for Throws
Maria Theisen
Assistant Coach for Distance
Brian Thill
Assistant Coach for Jumps, Hurdles and Multi-Events
Tom Postema
Assistant Coach for Throws