2014 Men's Cross Country
Coaches
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Nate Van Holten
Head Coach - 3rd Season
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Nate Van Holten begins his second year as the Cornerstone University Men's Head Cross Country Coach after eleven years as an assistant coach for men's middle distance, distance and race walk events. In that time his athletes have broken every school record in cross country and distance events in track and set three conference records.

Since 2006, he has guided the men's cross country team to four NAIA National Championship appearances and the 2009 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title.

In 2012, Zach Ripley, the 2010 NAIA National Champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, bettered the qualifying standard for the U.S. Olympic Trials in that event. Van Holten's men have owned the steeplechase in the WHAC, winning every year since 2004.

Van Holten also coach 2012 Olympic Trials Steeplechaser, Derek Scott to nine All-America honors and, the 2007 NAIA National Championship in the 1500 meters as well a spot on the 2004 United States Jr. National team while at CU. He has also had five of his athletes qualify and compete at the USATF Jr. National Championships. Altogether, Van Holten has coached 14 athletes to 32 All-Americans honors, two National titles, and six National Runner-up finishes.

During his collegiate career, Van Holten was an NAIA All-American 4x400 meter runner, competing in four national championship events and earning three WHAC titles in relay events. Van Holten received a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University in 2004 and completed his B.S. in youth psychology from Cornerstone in 2002. He also holds three USATF Level II coaching certifications as well as instructor training certification. Nate, his wife, Jane, and their two children live in Grand Rapids.

 
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Rod Wortley
Director of Cross Country/Track & Field - 19th Season

After 17 seasons as the Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach, Wortley begins the 2012-2013 school year as the Director of Cross Country and Track & Field. Since 1996 he has built a nationally recognized program producing the best runners jumpers and throwers in school history.

In 28 consecutive NAIA Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, and 16 in Cross Country, 54 Golden Eagle athletes have earned All-America honors 108 times along with over 50 All-America Scholar Athlete awards. At the conference level, his athletes have won 163 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference event titles and six Team Championships.

Wortley was named NAIA Region VII and VIII Track & Field Coach of the Year for women in 2001,2004 and 2005 and for men in 2003. He has also been selected as WHAC Coach of the Year seven times for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. He is the current the President of NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association and Chairs the Ratings Committee. He has also served as the Chair of the Outdoor Championships Games Committee and been Head Field Event Referee at four NAIA Championship Meets.

Wortley graduated from Cornerstone in 1988 with a B.A. in English literature. He completed his Master's Degree in English/professional writing at Western Michigan University in 1992. He also holds three U.S.A. track & field Level II coaching certifications. His wife, Anita, is also a Cornerstone alumna. They have two children.

 
 
 
 
  • Nov. 23 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Championship - No Team Score
  • Nov. 9 - Men's Cross Country @ WHAC Championship - 4th of 10
  • Oct. 26 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Great Lakes Invitational - 17th of 37
  • Oct. 12 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Preview Meet - 20th of 30
  • Oct. 4 - Men's Cross Country @ Lansing Community College Invitational - 15th of 24