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Midland hires new Cross Country and Track Coach

Midland hires new Cross Country and Track Coach

FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University announces the addition of Grant Watley as the new head coach of Cross Country and Track and Field, a continuation of positive leadership growth to their expansive athletic department.

Watley was previously the Head Coach of Cross Country, Associate Head Track and Field Coach, and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Sioux Falls from 2012 – 2017.

In addition to his coaching influence, Watley worked as an Adjunct Instructor of Business and Entrepreneurship at the university, as well as successfully established a local running specialty store, 605 Running Co.

“We’re excited to welcome Grant into the Midland Athletics family,” said Dave Gillespie, Midland University Director of Athletics. “He is the perfect person to lead and build championship Cross Country and Track and Field athletes.”

A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Watley comes to Midland with more than a decade of coaching experience, as well as a decorated history of academic excellence. Watley received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Fitness, with a minor in Coaching from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2009. He earned his Master of Sports Science with a concentration in Coaching from the United States Sports Academy in 2011.

Watley’s impressive accomplishments also include recognition as a USA Track and Field Level One Coach, Road Runners Club of America Level 1 Certified Coach, USTFCCCA Track and Field Technical Certification, USTFCCCA Track and Field Program Management Certification, and USTFCCCA Track and Field Coaching Certification.

Founded in 1883, Midland University is a liberal arts college providing relevant opportunities in more than 30 academic areas, four graduate programs, and a variety of professional studies programs to students at both their Fremont and Omaha locations. Midland’s bold approach of working from the marketplace back provides students with the skills needed to learn and lead in the world with purpose. Learn more about Midland University at

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