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Lefever Promoted At Missouri

The University of Missouri track and field head coach Brett Halter has announced that current combined events/jumps coach Dan Lefever has been promoted to associate head coach of the men’s track and field team at Mizzou.

Lefever has coached at Mizzou for eight seasons and in that time he has established himself as one of the top combined event coaches in the nation having mentored 15 All-Americans and nine conference champions.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to elevate Dan to associate head coach of our track and field program,” Halter said. “Dan has done a remarkable job developing our decathletes, heptathletes and jumpers over the last several years.

He has established himself as one of our nation’s top combined event coaches. Our program will certainly retain its national prominence with his leadership, commitment to excellence and dedication to upholding the great honor of the University.”

“I am very pleased to accept my new role with the track and field team,” Lefever said. “I hold great pride for the excellence that the University of Missouri exhibits in higher education and the tradition of success in the department of athletics. To be able to represent our great university and athletic department in my new role is a great honor. I am humbled to be placed in this new role and pledge to uphold the high honor of the University of Missouri. I look forward to working extremely hard to put Missouri track and field in a place of national prominence.”

The year 2010 was another banner year for Lefever as he mentored two athletes to All-American status at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. He also coached one to a Big 12 heptathlon and Big 12 decathlon title.

Over the past summer, Lefever was one of six United States coaches to be selected to the IAAF World Junior Championships Coaching Seminar and Tutorial in Canada. The seminar is held in conjunction with the World Junior Championships.

In 2009, he coached three student-athletes to All-American honors.

Lefever came to Missouri from Boston College where he established the pole vault as a strong event in the Eagles’ women’s program in addition to coaching the horizontal jumps, with three of his athletes earning All-Big East honors.

While at Boston College, Lefever earned his master’s degree in counseling psychology. As an undergraduate, Lefever was an outstanding pole vaulter and team captain at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.

Lefever is the son of Ken and Sandra Lefever of Geneva.