Nov 23, 2022

Nate Wolf named NAIA Coach of the Year

Nate Wolf was named the NAIA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading Dordt University to the national championship last weekend in Tallahassee, Florida.

Wolf, who took over both the men's and women's program in 2015, continues to add upon his impressive coaching resume at Dordt. Named GPAC Coach of the Year 11 times (six times for the women's program, five times for the men's program), Wolf has guided the Dordt men to five consecutive conference titles and five straight trips to the NAIA National Championship event. He has led the women's program to three straight GPAC titles, six overall during his eight-year tenure, and eight consecutive NAIA Championship appearances. Wolf was named the GPAC Coach of the Year in both men's and women's cross country this season as well as the Midwest Regional Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Ranked in the top five all season, the number 3 Defenders won the national title with 97 points, 18 better than top-ranked and defending national champion Milligan (Tenn.). Four Dordt runners, Joe Anderson, Davis Tebben, Peter Shippy and Eric Steiger, finished among the top 40 and claimed All-American honors, finished in the top 50 and all seven placed within the top 150 overall.

This was the first national title won by a Dordt team in any sport and the first cross country championship won by any school in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

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About Dordt University

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. For six years in a row, Dordt has been named number one in the nation for student engagement by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal,, Washington Monthly, Princeton Review, and more.

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