Academy coach inducted into hall of fame

USAF courtesy photo: Steve Walters Air Force Academy track and field head coach Ralph Lindeman addresses the team during a track meet. Lindeman was inducted into the Arizona Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame on Jan. 9 in Glendale, Ariz.

Air Force News Service

GLENDALE, Ariz., — Air Force track and field head coach Ralph Lindeman was inducted into the Arizona Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame on Jan. 9 at a banquet in Glendale, Ariz. Lindeman, who is entering his 20th season at the helm of the Falcons’ track and field program, is one of four members of the Class of 2009.

Lindeman spent the first 11 years of his career coaching in Arizona at the high school and collegiate levels.

He began coaching in 1973 at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, before moving on to Glendale High School in 1974. During his five-year stint as the head cross country coach, Lindeman coached four Arizona state champions and a team that finished second at the state championships. In addition, he served as Glendale’s head track coach beginning in 1976. Lindeman then coached at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., from 1979 to 1980.

Lindeman moved to the collegiate level in 1980, serving as an assistant coach on the men’s team at his alma mater, Arizona State.