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Fall 2014: Athletics

MNU Athletics

By Chad Jenkins

Cross Country & Track to Return

MNU Director of Athletics Kevin Steele announced in August that he has hired Nate Wiens ('01) as the 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 coach to the sprinters and hurdlers at Iowa State. MNU will compete in the ’15-’16 season after a 5-year hiatus. (Photo: Vintage MNU track meet)

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Women's Soccer Qualifies for Post Season


Pioneer women’s soccer finished the regular season 8-10 (3-4 in conference play) and qualified for the HAAC post-season tournament for the third straight year. With a program-record two victories over Top 25 teams, the squad is headed in the right direction under third-year Head Coach Skelly Kellar. All-Conference honors go to Forward Kalyn Pfaff (first), Midfielder Misty Olsen (second) Midfielder Kara Collins (second), Defender Sarah Schmidt (second) and Midfielder Kelli Reid (third).


Men's Soccer No. 2 Going Into Tourney


Men’s soccer achieved a 12-2-2 regular season record (5-1-1 in conference play) and earned a No. 2 seed in the HAAC Post-Season tournament. Coach Kevin Wardlaw won his 200th career game and the team achieved the highest ranking in program history with a No. 2 slot late in the year. Aurelien Norest (first team, HAAC Defensive Player of the Year, HAAC Co-MVP), Eddie Morales (first), Jeremie Koffi (first), Lucas Machado (second), Yann Passet (second), and Stephane Philippe (third) earned All-Conference honors.



Football Tops HAAC

Brian Willmer has been named the new head football coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University, becoming the sixth in the program's history. Willmer coached 15 seasons at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), the last eight as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. The Azusa Cougars were conference champs in 2013 after just their second year in NCAA Div. II

"We are excited that Brian is joining our athletics program and look forward to his leadership," says MNU President David Spittal. "His excellent coaching experience, his leadership and strong commitment to Jesus Christ are recognized by all who know him."

During his tenure at Azusa Pacific, Willmer coached two NAIA All-America honorees and an All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He helped lead Azusa to multiple playoff appearances, including two NAIA semifinals.

Willmer says it is a privilege to be part of the MNU community and contribute to the lives of athletes.

"The game of football is a powerful vehicle to shape men, and I am excited to see these players grow both spiritually and personally through the game of football."

Willmer and his wife, Lindsay, are the parents of Emma, 11; Addie Joy, 9; Titus, 5; and twins Gwenyth and Nehemiah, 4.


Volleyball HAAC Champs


Pioneer volleyball captured the regular-season HAAC championship for the third straight season and earned the No.1 seed in the HAAC post season tournament. The team went 20-14 (7-2 HAAC) and was ranked in the Top 25 most of the year. Coach Kristin Steele won her 100th career match at MNU early in the season. The Pioneers advanced to the tourney final but lost to Evangel.  



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