Craig Saalfeld Athletics
Alma Mater: Emporia State University
The 2017-18 season marked Craig Saalfeld's sixth year working with multi-event athletes and high jumpers for the Concordia University track and field program. Saalfeld has coached for Bulldogs teams that won a national title in both 2015 (men) and in 2016 (women).
A 2009 graduate of Emporia State University, Saalfeld earned three All-America honors. He placed second at the NCAA Division II national championship in the high jump with a personal best of 6’ 11¾”. He finished his career with school records in the outdoor high jump and the heptathlon.
Saalfeld’s coaching experience includes four years at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kan. At Bishop Carroll, Saalfeld oversaw nine state qualifiers and a state champion high jumper.
During his first season at Concordia in 2013-14, Saalfeld helped nine Bulldog mutli-event athletes qualify for the NAIA national championships with two garnering All-America status. In 2015 and 2016, Lucas Wiechman earned All-America honors in both the heptathlon (indoor) and decathlon (outdoor). Wiechman went on to become the GPAC Athlete of the Year for indoor and outdoor in 2017.
Saalfeld resides in Seward with his wife Alex.