Nate Wolf

Head Coach



Nate Wolf has served as head coach of the Defender women’s and men’s cross country programs since 2015. 

His 2015 and 2017 women’s teams claimed GPAC titles while the 2016 team was runner-up finisher.  All three of those teams qualified for the NAIA National Championship where they earned a pair of 11th place finishes along with a ninth place team finish.  Wolf also coached Audrey Brooks to NAIA All-American status in 2017. 

The Defender men were runner-up finishers in the GPAC in 2016 and finished third in 2017.  The runner-up finish was Dordt’s best finish at the GPAC Championships since the league was formed in 2001.  Wolf coached Caleb Drake to NAIA All-American status in 2016.

Wolf has twice been named GPAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year at Dordt College.

Coach Wolf is an assistant in the Defender Track program where he is responsible for the development of distance and middle distance runners, as well as high jumpers and hurdlers.


Wolf was the Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota from 2012-2015.

His first stop in collegiate coaching came at Northwestern College where he was the head track and field coach from 2005-2012 and also coached the cross country programs.  Wolf coached 75 students who earned NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition and five teams who earned NAIA Scholar-Team accolades.


While our desire is to compete at a high level in our conference and nationally along with developing all our athletes to perform to the best of their God given abilities.  Our philosophy is rooted in finding value and meaning in the process of training and competing, not simply in the end result.  We believe that the life lessons we learn in these areas have direct application to our faith in Jesus Christ.  Discipline, accountability, and responsibility are part of preparing to perform in a practice or in a race and are also part of our personal faith walk.  We want to develop young women and men, who see that the application of these principles in their spiritual lives aids in deepening their faith walk, just like the application of these principles in their running or studying helps them develop as runners and students.  Our faith is not integrated on top of our running, but is an integral part of our running.


Wolf competed for Northwestern in both track and cross country from 1999-2003.

Qualified for NAIA Track Nationals in the mile and 3,000 meters


B. A. in Biology and Health Professions from Northwestern (Iowa).

M. A. in Athletic Administration from the University of South Dakota.