Josh Hildebrand
Josh Hildebrand

Josh Hildebrand, a 2002 graduate of Luther College and a 1998 graduate of Decorah High School, was inducted into the Luther College Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding cross-country and track and field career. 

The induction ceremony took place Saturday, Oct. 6, during homecoming weekend.

During his career, Hildebrand was a four-year letter winner in both cross-country and track and field. As a senior he served as team captain in track, earned two All-America honors and was also named team MVP that season.

He was a member of the NCAA III distance medley relay that won the national championship with a school record of 10:03.38. During the outdoor season, he not only won his second consecutive Iowa Conference title in the 800 meters, he also placed seventh in the 800-meter run at the Outdoor National Meet, earning All-America honors for a second time.

Hildebrand earned numerous other accolades on the track for the Norse. He is a member of the current school record indoor and outdoor 4x800 meter relay teams and the school record indoor 4x1600 meter relay, all established his senior year. Hildebrand also ranks sixth all-time in the indoor 400 meters and second all-time in the indoor 600 meters.

Since 2005, he has worked as an elementary physical education teacher in the Iowa City Community School District. He has also served as assistant boys cross country coach at Iowa City City High School and was a member of the Mississippi Valley Conference Boys Cross Country Staff of the Year in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

Hildebrand and his wife, Lisa (Dettmann) '01, live in North Liberty, and have three children, Asta, Lars and Hans. He is the son of Steve and Jane Hildebrand of Decorah.