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Steve Lemke
Steve Lemke

Associate Head Coach – Throws

  • 11th season at Florida
  • Seventh season as Florida’s Associate Head Coach
  • 5-time NCAA Division I National Champion
  • 8-time SEC Champion

Florida associate head coach Steve Lemke, nearly a 30-year veteran of the collegiate and international coaching ranks, has taken the Gators’ throwing program into the upper echelon of NCAA Division I over the last decade.

Since his arrival in 2006, Florida’s women have won seven NCAA Championships in throwing events—the second-most by any Division I program during that span. Moreover, the Gators’ four NCAA Outdoor National Championships in the throws are tied for the second-most in Division I over the last 10 seasons. With his victory in the shot put at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships, Stipe Zunic became the first male Gator to win a national title under Lemke.

Gators have earned a total of 45 USTFCCCA All-America honors in throwing events with Lemke’s tutelage. Florida’s decathlon, heptathlon and pentathlon competitors have benefitted as well, amassing 11 All-America laurels in his time with the program.

At the conference level, Florida has been far and away the top throwing program during Lemke’s time in Gainesville The Gators have claimed 28 SEC throwing titles since 2006, with Lemke coaching athletes to all but three of those crowns. Here’s a closer look at the Gators’ throwing accolades at the SEC Championships and how they compare against the rest of the league during the 2010 USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year’s tenure:

  • 28 SEC Championships – nine more than any SEC program
  • 15 men’s SEC Championships – highest among SEC programs
  • 13 women’s SEC Championships – tied for the most among SEC programs
  • 16 SEC Outdoor Championships – tied for the most by an SEC program
  • 12 SEC Indoor Championships – twice as many as the next-closest SEC program

All of the aforementioned national and conference achievements have been a major reason for Florida’s team success over the last decade:

  • NCAA Men’s Division I Championships – i: 2010, 2011, 2012; o: 2012, 2013
  • SEC Men’s Championships – i: 2011, 2015; o: 2010, 2015
  • SEC Women’s Championships: i: 2010, 2012, 2014; o: 2009
  • NCAA Men’s East Regional Championships: 2009

Olympians Coached by Lemke

Lemke has coached eight Olympians, with that contingent combining for 13 total Olympics appearances since the 1996 Olympic Games. The group is headlined by pole vault gold medalist Nick Hysong, whom Lemke trained at Arizona State University.

  • Oliver Dziubak (Australia) – 2004 Olympian (javelin throw)
  • Pal Arne Fagernes (Norway) – 1996 and 2000 Olympian (javelin throw)
  • Nick Hysong (United States) – 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist (pole vault)
  • Mariam Kevkhishvili (Georgia) – 2004 and 2008 Olympian (shot put)
  • Kemal Mesic (Bosnia) – 2012 Olympian (shot put)
  • Alexandros Papadimitriou (Greece) – 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympian (hammer throw)
  • Styliani “Stella” Tsikouna (Greece) – 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympian (hammer throw)
  • Marko Wahlman (Finland) – 1996 Olympian (hammer throw)

Lemke’s International Coaching Experience

In addition to his success at the collegiate level, Lemke has coached at three Summer Olympics, three IAAF World Championships, the IAAF World Indoor Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Under Lemke’s guidance, Norway’s Trine Hattestad claimed gold in the javelin throw at the 1997 World Championships, while Australia’s Justin Anlezark nabbed gold in the shot put at the 2002 Commonwealth Games—which was one of five total medals the Aussies collected at the competition.

  • 2009 IAAF World Championships – Head Coach (Georgia)
  • 2008 Olympics – Head Coach (Georgia)
  • 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships – Head Coach (Australia)
  • 2004 Olympics – Throws Coach (Australia)
  • 2003 IAAF World Championships – Throws Coach (Australia)
  • 2002 Commonwealth Games – Throws Coach (Australia)
  • 2000 Olympics – Throws Coach (Australia)
  • 1997 IAAF World Championships – Throws Coach (Norway)

NCAA Division I National Champions Coached by Lemke

Lemke’s throwing athletes have amassed 13 NCAA Division I National Championships in his 20 seasons as a collegiate coach. Lemke’s star pupil was former Gator Mariam Kevkhishvili, a five-time NCAA Champion in the shot put, and one of three women in Division I history to win back-to-back shot put national titles at the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor Championships.

  • Evelien Dekkers – 2010 NCAA Outdoor Champion (javelin throw)
  • Pal Arne Fagernes (Arizona State) – 1996 NCAA Outdoor Champion (javelin throw)
  • Nick Hysong (Arizona State) – 1994 NCAA Outdoor Champion (pole vault)
  • Mariam Kevkhisvili – 2009-10 NCAA Outdoor Champion, 2008-10 NCAA Indoor Champion (shot put)
    • One of two women in Division I history with five NCAA Championships in shot put
    • Second woman in Division I history to win three consecutive NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put
  • Mika Laaksonen (UTEP) – 1992 NCAA Indoor Champion (weight throw)
    • 1992 NCAA Outdoor Champion (hammer throw)
  • Fawn Miller – 2014 NCAA Outdoor Champion (javelin throw)
  • Marko Wahlman (UTEP) – 1993 NCAA Indoor Champion (weight throw)
  • Stipe Zunic – 2015 NCAA Indoor National Champion (shot put)

Other Notable Performances Under Lemke

  • 2013 World Championships silver medalist (Kim Mickle [Australia] – javelin throw)
  • No. 8-ranked women’s javelin thrower in collegiate history (Evelien Dekkers – 193-6)
  • No. 10-ranked women’s javelin thrower in collegiate history (Fawn Miller – 190-8)
  • SEC Outdoor Championships shot put record holder (Mariam Kevkhishvili – 59-2.75)
  • SEC Outdoor Championships javelin record holder (Fawn Miller – 187-4)
  • SEC Indoor Championships shot put record holder (Mariam Kevkhishvili – 59-4.25)
  • Three SEC Outdoor decathlon championships (Gray Horn – 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Two SEC Indoor heptathlon titles (Gray Horn – 2011, 2012)
  • SEC Outdoor heptathlon title (Brittany Harrell – 2012)
  • 2010 USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Evelien Dekkers)
  • 2013 Capital One Academic All-America First Team (David Triassi)
  • 2001 World Youth Champion (Kim Mickle [Australia] – javelin throw)

Coaching History

  • Florida – Associate Men’s and Women’s Head Coach – Throws (2010-Present)
  • Florida  – Assistant Men’s and Women’s Coach – Throws (2008-2009)
  • Florida – Assistant Women’s Coach – Throws (2006-07)
  • Queensland (Australia) Academy of Sport – Head Coach; National Throws Coordinator (2002-04)
  • Western Australia Institute of Sport – Head Coach; National Throws Coordinator (1998-99, 2001-02)
  • Norway – National Senior and Junior Throws Coach (1996-98)
  • Arizona State University – Field Events Coach (1994-96)
  • University of Texas El Paso – Field Events Coach (1990-93)
  • Yale University – Field Events Coach (1987-89)
  • Southeast Missouri State – Graduate Assistant Coach (1985-86)
  • Washburn (Mo.) High School – Head Boys and Girls Coach (1983-85)

Lemke earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from South Dakota State University—where he was an All-American javelin thrower—in 1983. The Fargo, N.D. native has a 15-year-old son, Niklas.

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