Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach David Nash
The 2014-15 academic year marks the 12th season in David Nash's tenure as head coach of the Mustangs' cross country and track & field teams. During that time the Mustangs have made significant competitive strides at both the conference and national levels.
Nash was named the 2013 GPAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year after he led the Mustangs to their first-ever GPAC team championship and a 12th place finish at the NAIA national meet. He was named the 2009 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year after he led the Mustangs to a third place finish in the conference meet, a No. 12 NAIA national ranking, and the college’s first-ever appearance as a team at the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships.
He led the Morningside to three consecutive appearances at the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships from 2009-11 and the Mustang men to appearances at the NAIA national meet in 2012 and 2013.
At the national level in track & field, Morningside crowned six national champions at the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. Morningside athletes have produced 51 All-America performances at the NAIA National Championships during the Nash era.
Nash was named the 2012 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men's Indoor Track & Field Co-Coach of the Year after the Mustangs finished third in the team standings at the 2012 GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships for their highest finish ever at the conference championships. He also received GPAC Indoor Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2013 when the Mustangs moved up to second place at the GPAC Indoor Championships. He was named the 2009 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Co-Women's Indoor Coach of the Year after he led the Mustangs to a fourth place finish at the GPAC Indoor Championships for their highest finish ever at the conference meet.
Nash, a 1990 Morningside graduate, was previously the head boy's and girl's cross country coach and an assistant track coach at Sioux City West High School.
As a collegian, Nash was one of the most successful middle distance runners in Morningside history. He earned All-America honors in the 800-meters as a senior. Nash set Morningside indoor records in the 1500-meters (3:58.30) and mile (4:15.30) and outdoor records in the 800-meters (1:51.03) and 1500-meters (3:57.50). Nash was also part of school-record setting relay teams in the outdoor 4x800-meters (7:44.32) and the indoor 4x800-meters (7:50.64).
Nash is a highly successful amateur runner at the national level and was named 2003 Master's Male Athlete of the Year by USA Track & Field (USATF). He was the 2005 USATF outdoor national champion in the 1500-meters and 800-meters in the 35 to 39-year-old division and broke the age group record in the 800-meters with a time of 1:54.91. Nash was the 2006 Sioux City Relays champion in the 800-meters by running a time of 1:52.85 at the age of 38.
Nash has eight years of experience as an assistant track coach at Morningside and has also been an assistant track coach at the University of South Dakota and Sioux City West and Wilton High Schools in Iowa.
As head cross country coach at Sioux City West, Nash's boy's teams consistently won city and conference championships and qualified for the state meet at the team or individual levels.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association presented Nash with the Bernie Saggau Coaching Award for sportsmanship, citizenship, and integrity in 2000.
Nash holds a master's degree from the University of South Dakota.