2011 Men's Cross Country
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Nate Van Holten
Position: Assistant Coach
Years Coached: 10th Season
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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.


 
 
Men's Cross Country Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
Thomas BambachFR  Allendale, Mich.Allendale
Zach BourdonJR6-0 Muskegon, Mich.Reeths-Puffer H.S.
Jared CourtrightJR6-1 Wyoming, Mich.Hudsonville H.S.
Michael DarlingFR  Galesburg, IllGalesburg
Louis FallandSO6-0 Nuriootpa, AustraliaNumonohi Chr. Academy
Tyler GreySO6-3 Penfield, Ill.Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac
Jared HolmbergFR  Muskegon, Mich.Muskegon
Travis MabeJR5-8 Deford, Mich.Cass City H.S.
Cody RischJR6-0 Mason, Mich.Williamston H.S.
Tyler SteigengaFR  Holland, Mich.Holland Chr.
Nathan VanderwallFR  Wyoming, Mich.West Michigan Lutheran
Isaac WithrowFR  Tinley Park, IllTinley Park Andrew
Rod Wortley - Head Coach - 16th season
Nate Van Holten - Assistant Coach - 10th season
 
 
 
  • Nov. 8 - Men's Cross Country @ WHAC Championships (Hosted at Riverside Park - Grand Rapids, Mich.) - 3rd of 10
  • Oct. 25 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Great Lakes Invitational (Hosted by Aquinas College - Walker, Mich.) - 13th of 35
  • Oct. 11 - Men's Cross Country @ NAIA Preview Meet (Hosted at Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.) - 15th of 31
  • Sep. 26 - Men's Cross Country @ Brissman-Lundeen Invitational (Hosted by Augustana College - Rock Island, Ill.) - 12th of 38
  • Sep. 13 - (RV) Men's Cross Country @ Knight Invitational (Hosted by Calvin College - Grand Rapids, Mich.) - 12th of 21
  • Aug. 30 - (RV) Men's Cross Country @ Vanderbilt Invitational (Hosted by Hope College - Holland, Mich.) - 3rd of 4