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' track & field and cross country 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 69 All-America performances at the NAIA National Championships during the Nash era.
Nash was named the 2013 Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Co-Coach of the Year after the Mustangs finished second at the 2013 GPAC Indoor Track & Field Championships for their highest finish ever at the conference championships. He was also the 2012 GPAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year after the Mustangs finished third at the conference meet for their previous best league finish. Nash was named the 2009 GPAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Co-Coach of the Year after the Mustangs finished fourth 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). He was inducted into Morningside's M-Club Hall of Fame in 2010.
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.
Assistant Coach Steven Ricke
Steven Ricke joined the Mustangs’ coaching staff in the summer of 2017.
Ricke, who will coach the Mustangs’ throwing event specialists, was previously an assistant coach for four years at Buena Vista University, where he coached six all-conference performers.
Ricke, a 2011 graduate of Buena Vista, holds a master’s degree in recreation and sports administration from Western Kentucky University and obtained technical certification through the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
He earned All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) honors in the weight throw, hammer throw and shot put during his competitive career at Buena Vista. He set school records with distances of 52-10 in the weight throw and 166-7 in the hammer throw.
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 was a former 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.