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Coach inspires students to gauge success by more than clocks and tape measures
“We have soft pretzel and ice cream
nights at our house,” explains Fogelsanger
while telling stories about having students in
his family’s swimming pool, on their trampoline,
in their backyard, and inside watching
track meet videos. Fogelsanger and his
wife, Denise, have three daughters: Andrea,
In 2007 and 2008 team members traveled to an impoverished area of Mexico and helped build homes and distribute food. In 2006, they went to Mississippi twice for Hurricane Katrina relief work. “The service projects over spring break are great for creating unity among the team as well as putting a great perspective on athletic successes and disappointments,” Fogelsanger said.
Messiah’s cross country and track and
field programs have had plenty to celebrate
over the years, including many conference
team championships, regional athlete and
coach awards, and individual national
championships. In November 2007,
Fogelsanger and a group of cross country
runners traveled to New York City to see
Messiah College alumnus Brian Sell run
a 2:11 marathon and qualify for the
Olympics. “That was one of my top three
athletic highlights ever,” Fogelsanger said
about the experience. Then, in June of
2008, Fogelsanger traveled to Eugene,
Oregon, to watch alumnus Chris Boyles ’01
complete in the decathlon for a spot on the
Olympic team. Boyles, unfortunately, was
plagued by a lingering ankle injury and
unable to complete the competition.