Larry Happel, Sports Information Director
PELLA—Central College track and field coaching staff members Brenda and Jim Fuller will join the Northern State University (S.D.) Athletics Hall of Fame.
The wife-husband duo will be among seven inductees featured at a Sept. 25 banquet at the Dakota Event Center in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The Fullers coached at Northern State, an NCAA Division II school, for 24 years.
Jim Fuller, now associate head coach for Central’s women’s and men’s squad, was the Northern State cross country coach from 1988-2003 and the head men’s and women’s track and field coach from 1988-2012.
Fuller’s Northern State athletes received 54 NAIA or NCAA all-American awards during his tenure, with 815 all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference awards and 27 league MVP trophies. His squads captured six NSIC team championships and he was named the league’s track and field coach of the year six times and five times in cross country. He is a past president of the NCAA Division II Cross Country Coaches Association and served as head referee for the NAIA national meet.
Since joining the Central staff prior to the 2013 season, Fuller has coached nine conference multi-event champions. His athletes have captured five NCAA Division III multi-event champions with eight all-America awards. He was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Division III national assistant coach of the year in indoor track and field in 2018 and was twice named the Central Region assistant coach of the year.
He is a Doane University (Neb.) graduate and received a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska.
Brenda Fuller was head assistant track and field coach at Northern State from 1988-2012, focusing on the throwing events. She was tabbed as the USTFCCCA Division II Central Region assistant coach of the year in 2009. Her Northern State athletes received all-America distinction 12 times with four league MVP awards and 74 individual league titles.
At Central starting with the 2013 season, she’s worked with athletes in the javelin and shot put as well as with the throws in the multi-events. Her Dutch athletes have won seven league javelin titles with eight all-America awards. She’s worked with multi-event athletes who have claimed five Division III championships.
She is a Doane University (Neb.) graduate.
The Fullers have three children and two grandchildren.