The fall of 2017 will mark the third season Nate Wolf will lead the Defender Cross Country programs. In his two years, Wolf has led the women’s team to a GPAC Conference Title in 2015 and a runner-up team finish in 2016 and both 2015 and 2016 teams made national meet appearances finishing 9th and 11th respectively. Under the direction of Wolf, the 2016 men’s team finished second at the GPAC meet, the programs highest finish since joining the conference. This past fall, Coach Wolf was instrumental in the development of Senior Caleb Drake, who was the first male athlete to be name NAIA All-American in men’s cross-country for Dordt since joining the GPAC. In 2015, Wolf earned the GPAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Coach Wolf is also 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. During his time at Dordt, he has produced five event champions in indoor track, with eight event All-Americans.
Prior to his time at Dordt, 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 his alma mater, Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. While at Northwestern, Wolf was the head track and field coach from 2005-2012, and was named the head cross-country coach in 2012, where he spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant. During that time, he coached 75 students who earned NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition and five teams who earned NAIA Scholar-Team accolades.
Competed for Northwestern in both track and cross country from 1999-2003.
Qualified for NAIA Track Nationals in the mile and 3,000 meters
Graduated from Northwestern in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in biology and health professions.
Earned master's degree in 2005 from the University of South Dakota in athletic administration
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.