|Title:||Assistant Coach - Jumps and Multi|
Stephen Fleagle, an experienced coach with a record of success at several colleges, has joined the Tufts University track & field staff as an assistant coach beginning with the 2021-22 season.
Before joining the Jumbos, Fleagle coached at Boston University for two seasons. In 2020-21, he coached five Terriers to personal-best performances in the pole vault. At the Patriot League Outdoor Championship that year, Fleagle coached three vaulters to top ten finishes, including Declan Ritzenthaler who finished sixth on the men's side with a vault of 4.68 meters (15' 4.5"). During the 2019-20 indoor season, he coached senior Zoe Beard to an appearance at the ECAC Championships where she successfully vaulted 3.65m (11' 11.75") which equaled her personal best and is the second-best vault in Terrier history.
Fleagle served as the head coach at Luther College in 2019 after serving seven years as an assistant coach at the University of Chicago from 2012-2019. During his tenure with the Maroons he was part of the staff that was honored as the 2013 University Athletic Association (UAA) Women's Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year after the team placed fourth at the NCAA Championship, the 2014, 2015 and 2018 UAA Women's Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staff of the Year and the 2015 UAA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Coaching Staff of the Year. While at University of Chicago, Stephen helped coach 11 athletes and seven relays to 31 NCAA national meet appearances that led to 10 All-American honors. In 2014 he helped guide pole vaulter Michael Bennett to an undefeated season and a national championship at the NCAA III Indoor Championships and a runner-up finish at the Outdoor NCAA Championships.
As the Assistant Track and Field Coach at Chicago he worked with sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers, while also organizing and implementing year-round training and lifting programs for the student-athletes. He was also the recruiting coordinator for the program. While Chicago, he also helped coach 11 athletes and seven relays to 31 NCAA national meet appearances including 10 All-American honors. In 2014 he helped guide pole vaulter Michael Bennett to an undefeated season and a national championship at the NCAA III Indoor meet and a runner-up finish at the Outdoor NCAA Championships. Fleagle coached three different Chicago women's team members who competed and placed in the top half of the field at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the high jump, and coached four women overall at national meets while there.
He graduated from North Central College with a degree in exercise science and a minor in wellness in 2008. In June 2012, he received his master's in sports leadership. He was an assistant coach for cross country and track and field at his alma mater from 2010-12.