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.
At the national level, 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 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. The Mustangs won three team championships during the 2009 regular season. He 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.
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.
Assistant Coach Terry Koebernick
Terry Koebernick, a long-time track & field coach at South Sioux City (Neb.) High School, works with the Mustangs' hurdlers and high jumpers.
Koebernick was the head coach at South Sioux City for 25 years, where he coached Anne Shadle, who went on to compete for the Univeristy of Nebraska and became one of the nation's premier female runners.
He was previously the head coach at Lincoln Central High School in Gruver, Iowa, where he coached a state championship girl's shuttle hurdle relay team.
Assistant Coach Monte Larsen
Monte Larsen, a 2012 Morningside graduate, works with the Mustangs' hurdlers and middle distance runners.
Larsen ranks him as one of the greatest track athletes in Morningside history. He was a 12-time NAIA All-American and a four-time NAIA National Champion. Larsen was the 2013 NAIA Indoor 800-Meters National Champion while competing as a graduate school student-athlete. He anchored the Mustangs to national titles in the 3200-meter relay at both the 2012 and 2013 NAIA Indoor National Championships and the 2013 NAIA Outdoor National Championships.
Larsen was a nine-time GPAC champion in individual events and was part of five conference championship relay teams. He received the Top Performance of the Meet awards at the 2011 and 2013 GPAC Outdoor Championships and the 2012 GPAC Indoor Championships and received the NAIA National Track Athlete of the Week award three times during his career.
He is the Morningside record holder in the outdoor 800-meters, the indoor 600-meters, 800-meters, 1000-meters, and 600-yard dash, and is part of five school-record holding relay teams.
Aside from his exploits on the track, Larsen was a standout in the classroom and a three-time Capital One Academic All-American, including the 2012 and 2013 Capital One College Division Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year.
Assistant Coach Lisa Ryan
Lisa Ryan works with the Mustangs’ hurdlers and distance runners. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she earned NCAA All-America honors in field hockey. Ryan, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, was a state champion in the 100-meter hurdles and the 800-meters during her prep career.
Ryan is a meteorologist for KMEG TV in Sioux City and is certified in personal training, core training, plyometrics, sprints, and zumba.
Assistant Coach Stan Simpson
Stan Simpson works with the Mustangs' hurdlers, weight throwers, and middle distance runners.
Simpson was previously the head boy's track & field coach at Lawton-Bronson High School, where he led the Eagles to a state championship in 1991. Simpson coached Lawton-Bronson to 10 Maple Valley Conference championships in his 16 seasons as head coach. He received a state coach of the year award in 1991 and a regional coach of the year award in 1995.
Simpson set a school record in the high hurdles during his prep career at Ogden High School in Iowa and was a four-year letterwinnner in track and football at Wayne State College.
Assistant Coach Ervin Whitehead
Ervin Whitehead works with the Mustangs’ sprinters.
Whitehead was a 1996 NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-American and a 1995 NAIA Football All-America wide receiver during his collegiate career at Westmar University. He set Westmar indoor records with times of 6.27 in the 55-meters, 22.42 in the 200-meters, and 48.48 in the 400-meters and a distance of 44-5 in the triple jump. He set school indoor records with a time of 46.20 in the 400-meters and a distance of 46-1 1/2 in the triple jump.
He had 72 pass receptions for 1,882 yards and 17 touchdowns during his Westmar football career and set a school record with a career average of 26.1 yards per catch. Whitehead had a career-high 206 pass reception yards against Huron University in 1995.
Whitehead participated in the1996 National Football League Combine and later played several seasons for Sioux City’s indoor football franchise.
Assistant Coach Layne Henn
Layne Henn works with the Mustangs’ long jumpers. Henn, a 1993 Morningside graduate, was a standout high jumper during his collegiate career.
He is a technology director for Sioux City Community Schools.
Assistant Coach David Wilch
David Wilch works with the Mustangs sprinters and pole vaulters.
Wilch is a 2010 graduate of Morningside and was a pole vaulter during his career with the Mustangs.