Doug Yoder begins his 10th year as the coach in charge of race walking with the 2016 season.
Yoder began coaching at the college level as Goshen's cross country coach in 2004. He spent 11 seasons in charge of the men's and women's programs, also working as an assistant track and field coach until the summer of 2010, when he added head track and field duties.
He came to GC after 25 years of work in coaching track and cross country at Goshen High School. Yoder was an assistant boys' track coach from 1979-1990 and was the head girls' track coach for the Redskins from 1991-2003. Yoder added girls' head cross country responsibilities in 1992, a position he kept until 2004.
Yoder also directed the Goshen Relays track meet for six years and assisted in the process for seven years, while producing eight straight winning seasons in girls' cross country and qualifying his team for regional and semi-state competition in each of his last six years.
In addition to coaching responsibilities, Yoder has also served GC as director of the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center, interim golf coach, interim softball coach, interim athletic director and assistant athletic director. He is currently the Building Supervisor at Merry Lea, the college's nature sanctuary in Noble County, Ind.
Yoder runs daily, and has participated in 60 marathons since 1995. He has qualified and ran in the Boston Marathon three times.
Yoder graduated from Goshen College in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in art. He completed his master's degree in art from Ball State University in 1984. He also performed graduate studies at the University of St. Francis and Indiana University and completed an MBA from Liberty International University in 2012. Yoder has a daughter (Alyssa) and two sons — Kyle, who graduated from Goshen College in 2005, and Adam, a 2007 GC grad. Doug lives with his wife, Vicki, in Goshen.