Josh Fletcher was named the Head Track & Field Coach in July of 2018 and will begin his second season as head coach of the men's and women's programs in 2019-20.
In his first season as head coach, the women's team captured its first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Indoor Championship and placed third at the MIAA Outdoor Championship Meet. The men's team also faired well at the conference meets with a pair of runner-up finishes. Evie Bultemeyer was named the conference indoor and outdoor "Most Valuable Track Performer." She also qualified for the NCAA Division III National Meet in the indoor mile run and qualified in three events during the outdoor season, but competed in the 800-meter and 1500-meter runs. Bultemeyer finished with All-American honors, finishing in the top-eight in all three events. On the men's side, Jeffery Barnett became a three-time MIAA champion in both the indoor and outdoor long jump. He also qualifed in the event for both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets and finished as the national runner up at indoor nationals for the third straight year. He was fourth at the outdoor nationals to become a combined four-time All-American (three indoor, one outdoor). A total of 12 All-MIAA honors (indoor and outdoor) were awarded to go along with 11 combined (indoor and outdoor) USTFCCA All-Region accolades.
Fletcher came to Trine after a five-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 Angola, Ind. with their five children: Cora, Urban, Owen, Hazel and Tillie.