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Don Sleeman

Don Sleeman

Men’s Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

Email:  reagan.sleeman@gmail.com

Coach Sleeman has been the head cross-country coach since 1968, and the track and field head coach since 1974.

As the head cross country coach his teams have won state championships in: 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, and 2008.  Sleeman has coached his teams to state runners-up status in 1974, 1988, 1989, 2005, and 2009.  The cross-country teams have qualified to State Championships thirty one times, and in the top ten twenty six times.  More than forty-five athletes have been selected All State, and at least three were State Champions.  His cross-country teams were ranked 9th in the nation in 1993 and 3rd in 1994 by USA Today.  The Pioneer cross-country teams have the best record at the State Finals over last 42 years.

Sleeman’s track and field team won state champion in 2007.  His teams have been runners-up three times.  Thirteen times teams lead by Coach Sleeman won the MHSAA Regional Championships.  He has coach state champions in the long jump, high jump, 200m, 1600m, 3200m, 4 x 200m relay, 4 x 400m relay, and 3200m relay. 

Fifty-six athletes have been All-State in the:100m 200m, 400m, 1600, 3200m, 400m relay, 800m relay, 1600m relay, 3200m relay, high hurdles, and 300m intermediate hurdles.

Don Sleeman has numerous honors:

  • Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association T&F Coach of the Year 2007
  • Michigan High School Coaches Association T&F Coach of the Year 2008
  • Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2008
  • National Midwest Boys T & F Coach of the Year 2009
  • National High School Athletic Coaches Association Finalist T & F Coach of the Year 2009
  • National High School Athletic Coaches Association T&F Coach of the Year 2009
  • Presented with City Proclamation by Ann Arbor City Council 2009
  • Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year for cross-country five times; 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2008.   Coach of the Year nominee four other times.
  • Michigan High School Coaches Association Cross-Country Coach of the Year1994
  • National High School Athletic Coaches Association Midwest Cross-Country Coach of the Year 1994
  • National High School Athletic Coaches Association Cross-Country Coach of the Year Finalist 1994
  • Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Kermit Ambrose Award for service to the sport 1994
  • Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame 2007
  • Michigan High School Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year 2009
  • National High School Coaches Federation Sectional Coach of the Year 2009
  • National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year Finalist 2009

In the spring of 2012 the track was officially dedicated to Don Sleeman and Bryan Westfield.  A large sign bears the Sleeman name.   Don is married to Kathy. 

Don is an accomplished official, having worked the 1996 Olympic trials and games.  He has also been a nationally ranked Masters Runner. 

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