NewsMVNU Hires Coach to Start Cross Country in 2006-2007
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - After a 26-year absence, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University athletic department has announced that it will once again field men’s and women’s cross country teams at the varsity level beginning in the 2006-2007 school year.
Earlier this week, MVNU athletic director Scott Flemming announced that former Cougar student-athlete Chip Wilson has been hired as the head coach for the new program. Wilson, who was a four-year member of the MVNU men’s basketball team from 2000-2004, currently teaches seventh grade social studies in the Highland School District and will be entering his second year as the cross country coach at Highland High School this fall. Last season, he guided the Highland boys’ cross country team to a conference title, and two members of the girls’ cross country team qualified for the state meet. In high school, Wilson was an All-District performer in cross country and basketball at River Valley High School in Marion, Ohio.
"I am excited about the opportunity to come back and work at MVNU,” said Wilson, who will immediately begin recruiting student-athletes and coordinating the schedule for the 2006-2007 season. "It was a dream of mine to come back and work here some day, but I never thought that it would happen so quickly.”
"It is exciting to have the opportunity to start the program from the ground level,” Wilson added. "My goal for the initial team is to lay a strong foundation of hard work that will enable us to have success as the program continues to grow.”
"I really feel fortunate to have Chip joining our coaching staff,” said Flemming. "He has experience both as a cross country athlete and coach. More importantly, Chip represents everything our institution stands for. He will bring the right balance of working hard to be competitive while being a spiritual mentor for our athletes.”
Wilson and his wife, Katie, reside in Fredericktown, Ohio.
MVNU, with an enrollment of over 2,400 students, is a dual member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). The Cougars compete in the American Mideast Conference.