Incoming group balanced between track, field athletes
Joe Stephens enters his third year with the University of Wyoming track & field and cross country programs in 2014-15. His primary responsibilities as a coach are with the distance runners, while most of his time is spent as the overall teams' recruiting coordinator.
Before Wyoming, Stephens spent four seasons as cross country and track coach at Colorado State University. He was an assistant cross country and mid/long distance track coach from 2008-2012.
Stephens' coaching career began in 2003 as a graduate assistant track & field and cross country coach at Fort Hays State University. In the fall of 2003, he was an assistant coach for two NCAA All-Americans during the cross country season. He was a sprints/relays and long distance coach for the 2004 Outdoor Track & Field Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men's and women's championship teams. He also coached one runner to an NCAA All-America award in the 10,000-meter run.
During the 2005-2007 seasons, Stephens was an assistant coach and exercise science faculty member at Black Hills State University. His coaching duties included being an assistant cross country, horizontal jumps, 10,000 meters and marathon coach. He coached three Dakota Athletic Conference champions, two NAIA national qualifiers and two school-record holders while at Black Hills State.
During college, Stephens competed at several levels, including Division I, II and NAIA. He competed in the NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships during his sophomore and junior seasons.
In 2002, Stephens earned a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Mount Marty College. He went on to achieve a master's degree in sports administration from Fort Hays State University in 2004.