2012 Men's Cross Country
Nate Van Holten Image
Nate Van Holten
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 1st Season
Alma Mater:
616-222-1425

Email: doctor_nate@hotmail.com 

Nate Van Holten begins his first 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.

 
 
Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Thomas BambachSO  Allendale, Mich.Allendale H.S.
Zach BourdonSR  Muskegon, Mich.Reeths-Puffer H.S.
Jared CourtrightSR  Wyoming, Mich.Hudsonville H.S.
Michael DarlingFR  Galesburg, IllGalesburg H.S.
Louis FallandSO  Nuriootpa, AustraliaNumonohi Chr. Academy
Tyler GreyJR  Penfield, Ill.Armstrong Potomac
Jared HolmbergSO  Muskegon, Mich.Muskegon H.S.
Travis MabeSR  Deford, Mich.Cass City H.S.
Cody RischSR  Mason, Mich.Williamston H.S.
Tyler SteigengaFR  Holland, Mich.Holland Chr.
Nathan VanderwallFR  Marne, Mich.West Michigan Lutheran H.S.
Isaac WithrowFR  Tinley Park, IllTinley Park Andrew
Zach YeoSR  Cedar Springs, Mich.Cedar Springs H.S.
Nate Van Holten - Head Coach - 1st season
Rod Wortley - Director of Cross Country/Track & Field - 17th season
 
 
 
  • 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
  • Sep. 14 - Men's Cross Country @ Knight Invitational at Calvin College - 21st of 27
  • Aug. 31 - Men's Cross Country @ Vanderbilt Invitational at Hope College - No Team Score