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Rustin Nyce
Head Coach- 1st Season

Rustin Nyce begins his first season as interim men’s and women’s cross country coach in 2015. A 2002 graduate of Goshen College and former Maple Leaf track and cross country runner, Nyce returns to his alma mater as head coach after spending three seasons as an assistant cross country and track coach at GC, sandwiched around six seasons (2008-13) as the head boys cross country coach at Fairfield High School.

While at Fairfield, Nyce oversaw two teams that qualified for semistate and three individual regional qualifiers. During the regular season, his teams racked up the most dual-meet wins in Fairfield history. In his concurrent tenure as an assistant track coach specializing in distance, the Falcons broke five of their eight school records in distance events and seven 4x800 relay teams advanced to regionals.

A fourth-grade teacher at Benton Elementary School in the Fairfield system, Nyce is an avid runner himself, participating in races from 5K to 50 kilometers (31.1 miles).

Jim Whittaker
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Jim Whittaker is in his first season as an assistant cross country coach and the interim track and field head coach for the Maple Leafs.  A 2005 graduate of Goshen College, he competed for four years as a sprinter and hurdler where he participated in the NAIA national championships as a 110 meter high hurdler. He has coached track and field at every level from middle school to the collegiate ranks, with numerous school records being set and individual accolades being earned at every level along the way, culminating most recently with Goshen’s first ever NAIA All-American in the high jump. 

Whittaker has numerous certifications from USA Track and Field.  He has the basic Level 1 certification, as well as a Level 2 certification in the jumping events and a Level 2 certification in sprints, hurdles, and relays.  He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).  In 2012, he received a master’s degree in sports science and coaching education from Ohio University.

Whittaker is an elementary P.E. teacher as well as the sports performance coach for Goshen High School.  During his free time, he does personal training sessions specializing primarily in sports performance for athletes.

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Brooke Winnebrenner
Assistant Coach- 1st Season

Brooke Winnebrenner begins her first season as an assistant coach for the Maple Leaf cross country programs in 2015. Winnebrenner graduated from Purdue University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education and served as the cross country coach at Central Noble Junior High School in 2013 and 2014.

Winnebrenner teaches science at Central Noble Junior High School and lives in Wawaka, Indiana.