Mustang Coaching Staff
Head Coach David Nash
The 2017-18 academic year will mark the 15th 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 2016 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year after he guided the Mustang women to their first-ever GPAC championship. Nash was named the 2013 Hauff Mid-America Sports/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 also received the GPAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year award the following season when the Mustangs repeated as conference champion and finished 13th at the NAIA National Championships. Nash was named the 2009 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. Nash repeated as GPAC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2010 when the Mustangs finished as the GPAC runner-up and finished 15th at the NAIA National Championships.
He led Morningside to three consecutive appearances at the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championships from 2009-11 and guided the Mustang men to a streak of four consecutive NAIA National Championship appearances from 2012-15. The Mustangs' cross country program achieved a noteworthy feat during the 2015 season when both the men's and women's teams qualified for the NAIA National Championships in the same season for the first time in school history. The Mustang women returned to the national meet in 2016 as the champions of the GPAC.
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 was as an assistant track coach at Morningside for eight years before he was named to the head post. He was also 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 Aaron Fuller
Aaron Fuller became the Mustangs’ assistant track & field and cross country coach in the summer of 2017. He will work with the Mustangs sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers and combined event specialists as well as strength and conditioning.
Fuller was previously an assistant coach at Fort Hays State University for three years. While at Fort Hays State, he helped coach multiple athletes to All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Conference honors and worked with an NCAA Division II All-American in the pole vault. Fuller, whose expertise as a competitor was in the pole vault and the decathlon, coached athletes who broke the Fort Hays State records in the pole vault and the decathlon.
Fuller is a 2014 graduate of Central College and earned a master’s degree in health & human performance from Fort Hays State in 2016. He earned a specialist certification in the combined events and multi events from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and has Level 1 certification from United States Track & Field (USATF).
Fuller was an Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) champion in the pole vault and was a top three IIAC performer twice in the pole vault and twice in the decathlon during his collegiate career at Central.
He was a two-time South Dakota state champion in the pole vault during his prep career at Aberdeen Roncalli High School.