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Chip Wilson to lead MVNU athletics

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University President Henry W. Spaulding II, Ph.D., is pleased to announce the appointment of Chip Wilson as the new Director of Athletics as of Dec. 17.

“I firmly believe that Chip Wilson is uniquely suited to serve as our athletic director,” said Spaulding. “He loves MVNU, our coaches and our athletes. Good days are ahead for our athletic program.”

Wilson joined MVNU in 2006 to lead the resurgence of both the men’s and women’s cross country teams. Under Wilson’s leadership, the program has grown and flourished beyond expectations. In 2015, he added indoor and outdoor track and field to his coaching resume and again proved his ability to build a highly-competitive program. In 2018, 13 student-athletes from these programs competed in the NAIA National Championships.

“Chip has grown our highly successful track and cross country teams from the ground up,” said Tracy Waal, Vice President for Student Life. “This is not an easy thing to do. He’s an effective leader who is capable of motivating people to buy into a vision while creating a God-centered culture of excellence.”

The new Director of Athletics credits sports as being an anchor in his life, and a launching pad for deeper conversations.

“Athletics was an avenue for me to learn more about myself, grow closer to my family, and most importantly, help me strengthen my relationship with Christ,” Wilson said. “I have used this same way of thinking to help build relationships in the Athletic Department and among other departments on campus.”

The opportunity to positively impact the direction of the Athletic Department, student-athletes and coaches was appealing to Wilson. He believes there is more to athletics than what takes place on the court or field of play.

“Athletics is a starting point, but the conversation among our programs is much deeper than just a game,” Wilson said. “Our athletic programs are avenues to developing young men and women who will be Christ-centered in their thinking. My interest in this position comes from my desire to follow God’s leading. I look forward to watching His plan unfold here at MVNU.”

The selection committee, who reviewed 28 candidates, was impressed with Wilson’s character and commitment, successes with cross country and track teams, and optimistic and supportive attitude, among many other traits and skills. His selection was unanimous across the committee.

“He knows how to recruit and grow a program in the right way without sacrificing our core values. He’s highly relational, loyal to MVNU and cares for people well,” said Waal.

Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood education from MVNU in 2004, while a four-year member of the MVNU Men’s Basketball team (2000-2004), which included the 2001-2002 Championship Team. He earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2009. He is also an adjunct professor at MVNU.

Wilson will remain the head track coach for the spring season.

Outside of MVNU, Wilson recently served a four-year term on the board of the Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene. He is a volunteer soccer and basketball coach for the YMCA of Mount Vernon, and for the Mount Vernon Soccer Association/MVSA Sting. He and his wife, Katie, also an MVNU graduate, have two children.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.