Cross Country Track & Field to Compete 2015-2016

Aug. 13, 2014 - by Carol Best

Nate Wiens Returns to MNU As Head Cross Country Track & Field Coach

By Chad Jenkins
August 7, 2014
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MNU Director of Athletics Kevin Steele announced today that he has hired Nate Wiens as its new head Cross Country and Track & Field coach. Wiens is an MNU grad and spent last year as the associate head coach at University of California - Riverside after five years as the sprinters' and hurdlers' coach at Iowa State. MNU will start competing in the 15-16 season after a five-year hiatus.

"It is a pleasure to welcome Nate back home," says Steele. "He, Katy, and the kids are a most welcome addition to the Pioneer coaching family. Nate's experiences at UCR, Iowa State, UMKC, and others have prepared him well to return to his alma mater to rebuild our proud tradition in cross country and track. Most importantly, Nate brings the desire to not only build a strong program, but to build young people up in their relationship with the Lord. His priorities match perfectly with the mission of MNU Athletics. I firmly believe that this is further evidence of God leading MNU into a very bright future."

Wiens has more on his mind than athletic success.

"I have a deep belief that the process and journey towards personal development, spiritual growth, and athletic success at MNU is among the best in the nation," he says. "I look forward to our track and cross country programs regaining a very strong championship presence in the conference and nationally in the very near future. I'm excited for this opportunity to re-start the Cross Country and Track & Field programs at MNU. I want to thank President David Spittal and Athletic Director Kevin Steele for this opportunity and look forward to re-connecting our past athletes to our present program."

Wiens has made several successful stops in his coaching journey, but he considers his relationships with his athletes to be of utmost importance.

"I believe all individuals that have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ have all been chosen to accomplish God's work on earth. I have found a passion and gifting in coaching. It is my God-given avenue to teach, inspire and grow individuals in their knowledge and love for God. On a daily basis, my job is to communicate to my athletes in my words and actions how they can intermesh competition and humility, winning graciously and learning from losses, striving to be the best while showing His Love, and effectively keep God the center of their lives.

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"Though these attributes may be considered opposing in many athletic circles, I highly value how faith can work with athletics to build men and women into great people. I am thankful that God has chosen me in this profession to live my faith as an example. I am grateful that Christ has changed me from an individual that did not understand this balance to one that now works to show young people they can serve Christ and run strong."

A 2000 graduate of MNU, Wiens earned all-conference honors in the pentathlon, high jump, triple jump, and javelin. He was an NAIA indoor national qualifier in the pentathlon and high jump, and an outdoor national qualifier in the decathlon, high jump, and javelin. He also won the NCCAA national championship in the decathlon, and gained All-America honors in the high jump, javelin, and triple jump.

Wiens and his wife, Katy, have two children: Nya (5) and Judah (3).

 

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