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Yaeger named cross country coach

July 14, 2014

By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director

Stephens College Director of Athletics Deb Duren has announced the appointment of Nancy Yaeger as head coach of the cross country team. Yaeger becomes the fifth coach in program history and fourth in four seasons for the Stars.

Her training and coaching credentials will certainly bring a new flavor to the cross country program, which enters its ninth season in 2014.

“She has a very kind and motivated personality, a great background of training athletes of all ages and ability levels, and a clear passion for running,” said senior cross country athlete Emily Mendoza, who served on the search committee.

Currently, Yaeger is a coach and co-founder for the Tiger Endurance Company, a youth triathlon team in Columbia, Mo. She is involved with the day-to-day operations: writing training plans, coordinating race schedules, managing volunteer coaches, and maintaining the budget, marketing and sponsorships.

In addition to Tiger Endurance Company, Yaeger coaches various adults training for triathlons and marathons, including marquee events such as the Ironman.

As a runner and triathlete, Yaeger jumps at every opportunity to participate in community runs and triathlons. She was a finisher at the Ironman Florida in 2012, Ironman Racine 70.3 in 2013 and is currently training for Ironman Canada 2014.

In 2011, Yaeger was also a founding member of the Heart of Missouri chapter of Girls on the Run and served as executive director for two years. The non-profit organization focuses on inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., Yaeger studied finance at the University of Missouri for three years before graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a B.A. in Management and Human Relations.

Yaeger's hire completes the Stephens head coaching staff for the upcoming academic year.

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