Shelby Spaciel is in her fifth season as head coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's and women's track & field teams. Spaciel previously served for one season as a graduate assistant coach for cross country and track & field at WLC before being promoted to head coach.
In 2018, Jonah Jahns became the fourth student-athlete in program history and the first since 2009 to qualify for the NCAA Division III championships. The sophomore qualified for the 400-Meter final with a school-record time of 47.48 seconds before suffering an injury and was unable to compete in the finals.
Jacob Jodat was named the 2017 Outdoor Track Athlete of the Meet at the 2017 NACC Outdoor Championships, the first to earn the honor under Spaciel's guidance. Jodat won three different events, including the 1,500 (3:59.63), 5,000 (15:39.97), and 10,000 meters (33:52.32) en route to receiving the award.
In her first two seasons as head coach, Spaciel coached the first two female student-athletes who qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in program history. Jenny Biebert finished 20th in the Heptathlon at the 2015 NCAA Championships, while Amanda Frier placed 18th in the 400-Meter Hurdles at the NCAA Championships in 2016.
Spaciel has coached eight student-athletes to 17 conference titles between both the NACC indoor and outdoor championships. Chase Robles and Jacob Jodat have been recipients of the Track Athlete of the Meet award at the indoor championships.
Prior to arriving at WLC, Spaciel had an outstanding track & field career at UW-Milwaukee. She was a six-time Horizon League champion, winning the heptathlon (2011, 2012, 2013), pentathlon (2012, 2013), and javelin (2013). Spaciel also set school records in all three events and established Horizon League Championship records in the Heptathlon and Pentathlon. She was named the Horizon League's Outstanding Field Performer for the 2013 outdoor season. Spaciel was inducted into the Bud K. Haidet Milwaukee Athletics Hall of Fame on November 9, 2018.
In addition to her standout performance as an athlete, Spaciel also excelled in the classroom as she was named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team and the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll as a senior.
Spaciel graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2013 with degrees in environmental science and biology. She is a graduate of Warterford Union High School where she was a four-time All-Lakeshore Conference selection. Spaciel set school records in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and the long jump. She was a WIAA state qualifier all four years of high school.
Spaciel received a Master of Arts in leadership and innovation from WLC. She and her husband, Jake, and son, Sawyer, reside in New Berlin.