Nate Van Holten begins his ninth year 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.
In 2009 Van Holten guided the men's cross country
team to their first WHAC title and third NAIA National Championship appearance
since 2006. The 2010 track & field season was also productive with Zach
Ripley winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the NAIA Outdoor Track &
Field Championships and Kris Shear and Janelle Brown qualifying for the USA
Track & Field National Championships in the race walk.
Van Holten also
guided Cornerstone's top distance runner, Derek Scott, to nine All-America
honors, the 2007 NAIA National Championship in the 1500 meters and a spot on
the 2004 United States Jr. National team. He has also had four of his athletes
qualify and compete at the USATF Jr. National Championships. Altogether, Van Holten has coached 35 All-Americans, 2 to National
titles, and 4 to 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 son live in Grand Rapids.