"Steve Nester is an energetic and enthusiastic coach who will provide great leadership for our men's and women's cross country student-athletes," says Mike Bobinski, athletic director and associate vice president at Xavier. "His success in building championship programs and his strong relationships with high school coaches in our area are positive attributes that will help our program achieve greater success in years to come."
"I appreciate the opportunity that Xavier University has presented me," Nester says. "Xavier is a nationally recognized academic institution as well as a successful athletic program. It is a well-rounded university for young men and women. I look forward to working with our student-athletes and developing upper echelon Division I men's and women's cross country programs."
Nester takes over a program that has enjoyed some recent successes, including the best finish in school history for the men's team in last year's Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
Nester is familiar with success, though. Among his honors are The Cincinnati Enquirer Coach of the Year and the Southwest District Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002. In his last two years at Turpin, Nester developed three Division I scholarship college runners. His six years at the helm of the girls' cross country team produced a 637-140 record, including the 2001 seasons 143-3 state championship record. Turpin went on to be the Division I state runner-up in 2002. In both 2001 and 2002, the Turpin girls' cross country team was included in the Nike/Foot Locker National Top-25 Ranking.
Nester also was the head boys' coach from 1996 to 2001 and the track teams distance coach the past two years. Nester began coaching at Turpin in 1991 as an assistant coach for the boys' track team. Prior to coaching at Turpin High School, Nester was a volunteer boys' assistant coach at Kearney High School in Kearney, Neb., for two years.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, Nester participated on the universitys track team and graduated with a bachelors degree in education. Still an active runner, Nester has competed in the Flying Pig Two-Person Relay, the Dublin, Ireland, marathon, and the Portland, Ore., marathon.
He also has a record of community involvement, currently serving as a chairperson for the Anthony Munoz Foundation.
Nester replaces former head coach Scott Swain, who is now at the University of Colorado.