Joe Luedke is in his 17th season as head coach of the Wisconsin Lutheran College men's soccer team.
The Warriors qualified for the NACC Tournament last season for the first time since 2012 after posting their second straight season of a 9-9-1 overall record. WLC clinched the sixth seed in the conference tournament following a 5-4-1 league mark.
Three seasons prior in 2012, the Warriors won a school-record 11 games and the team tied a school record for conference victories with six. 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 coached 54 players who have earned all-conference honors in 16 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 Wauwatosa with their two sons, Cole and Noah, and daughter, Grace.