Steve Nester

Steve Nester

Head Coach

Seventh Season

Alma Mater:
Nebraska-Kearney '92

Steve Nester begins his seventh season at the helm of the men's and women's cross country programs. This will also be hisseventh season directing men's and women's track and field squads.

Nester has made a tremendous impact on all of those programs since his arrival at Xavier in 2003.

In hisseven years, he has overseen steady improvement in the women's cross country team. The 2003 Musketeers finished the season with a 70-64 record after the program Nester inherited finished 60-86 in 2002. In 2004, the women continued to improve as they finished 98-58, a 28-win improvement from the previous year. The members of the 2005 women's team had the best season Xavier cross country has ever seen turning in a 107-43 record, a nine win improvement from 2004 and a 37 win improvement from 2003.

After finishing seventh at the Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship in 2004, the women's team set a program record by earning fifth at the confrence championship in 2005. That led to a historical 20th-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Bloomington, ind. Continuing the steady trend of improvement, Nester led the squad to third and fourth place finishes at the A-10 Championships in 2007 and 2006, respectively.

At the same time, Nester has taken major strides with the men's cross country program. In 2003, he led the team to a 71-57 overall record and an eighth-place finish in the A-10 Championship. He continued the success in 2004, leading the squad to a 114-42 record, a 43-win improvement than the previous year. The men wrapped up the year with a pair of program record, earning third at the A-10 Championship and 18th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional.

After matching the 18th-place finish in 2005, the men placed ninth at the 2006 conference championship and took 24th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The squad finished eighth at the A-10 Championship and 21st at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in 2007.

Nester is already the winningest coach in both men's and women's cross country at Xavier.

Also at the helm of the men's and women's track and field teams, Nester has continued to build the depth of both programs, adding student-athletes who specialize in the sprint and field events. He also coached a member of the 2008 Outdoor Track and Field All-Conference team in sophomore Christina Schneider, who earned the honor for her performance in the 10,000-meter event.

Nester is excited about the potential of this year's squads.

"You can feel the excitement building within our cross country and track programs," Nester said. "The talent and commitment level have never been higher. We all believe that we are on the cusp of something special."

Part of the reason is because of the strides Nester believes the program has made in recruiting.

"For the first time, the highest caliber Student-Athletes are giving us a good look," he said. "For our running family to grow and prosper, we need to consistently attract runners of their academic and athletic abilities."

The 40-year-old Nester came to Xavier from Turpin High School in Cincinnati after serving as the head coach of the girl's cross country team for six years including the Spartans' state championship season in 2001. A seven-time Conference Coach of the Year in cross country or track, Nester was the head boy's coach from 1995 to 2001, and was also the distance coach for the track team the last two years. He capped off that position by winning back to back Conference Championships in 2000 and 2001. Nester began coaching at Turpin in 1991 as an assistant coach for the boy's track team. He was named the Cincinnati Enquirer Coach of the Year and the Southwest District Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2002.

From his last two teams at Turpin, ten different runners are competing at the D-I level. In his six years at the helm of the girls' cross country team, Nester produced a 637-140 record, including the 2001 season when Turpin finished with a 143-3 record. In addition to Turpin's 2001 state championship, Turpin was 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 Rankings. Throughout his career Nester has coached 17 cross country teams and has never had a losing record.

Nester, a 1992 graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, graduated with a bachelor of science degree from the College of Education. During his time at Kearney, Nester participated on the track team. Nester has competed in the Flying Pig Two-Person Relay, the Dublin, Ireland Marathon, and the Portland, Oregon Marathon. Nester continues to be involved in the community and served as past Chairperson for the Anthony Munoz Foundation.

Nester now serves as the Men's Great Lakes Regional Representative as one of its thirteen individuals who vote in the men's national cross country poll.