Joe Luedke is in his 16th season as head coach of the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team. Luedke also serves as director of soccer operations and intramural director at WLC.
In 2014, Luedke led the Warriors to a 9-9-1 overall record, ensuring three straight seasons of at least a .500 record or better, which is a program record. WLC finished 3-6-1 in the NACC.
The Warriors won a school-record 11 games (11-9-0) in 2012 under Luedke's direction and the team tied a school record for conference victories with six (6-5-0). WLC reached the NACC Tournament for the first time since 2007.
The 2007 NACC Co-Coach of the Year, Luedke saw his team finish 10-9-1 overall and 6-3-1 in conference play that year. The 10-win season was at the time the highest single-season win total in program history.
Luedke has mentored 51 players who have earned all-conference honors in his 15 seasons as head coach.
Wisconsin Lutheran is the first collegiate head coaching assignment for Luedke, but he is well versed in all aspects of soccer at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels.
Luedke was a standout soccer player while at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The forward completed his career with 20 goals, eight assists, and garnered team MVP honors his senior campaign. He earned all-league recognition both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He graduated from UWM in 2001 with a degree in history.
A graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, Luedke was a three-sport varsity athlete in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He received the Daniel Nitschke Male Athlete of the Year Award his senior year.
In addition to his coaching duties at WLC, Luedke is the director of coaching at Elm Grove Soccer Club. In the high school ranks, Luedke served as varsity girls' soccer coach at Pius High School from 2001-2004, and varsity girls' soccer coach at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in 2005.
In 1995, Luedke founded the Hat Trick Soccer Camp, a competitive preseason soccer camp for high school girls. He has also worked as head clinician for the Brown Deer Recreation Department, soccer director for the Shorewood Recreation Department, staff coach for the British-American Soccer Camp, the Super Camp (the premier high school boys' preseason camp in Wisconsin), and staff coach for the Marquette University National I.D. Camp.
Luedke was born August 8, 1976, in Wauwatosa. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in West Allis with their two sons, Cole and Noah, and daughter, Grace.