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Wolf named Cross Country Head Coach

July 2, 2019

Heartland Community College has named the first head coach to direct the school’s Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs. 

Ty Wolf, Ed.D., has accepted the Head Coach position for both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams.

Cross Country will be joined by Men’s Golf and Women’s Volleyball as new sports added the Heartland Athletics department in 2020. 

Wolf has served as Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field coach for Quincy High School, Western Illinois University and Parkland College. He most recently served as a volunteer assistant for the Heyworth High School Boys/Girls Cross Country teams. 

During his running career as a student at the University of Illinois, Wolf was a NCAA Division I All-American, five-time All-Big Ten Conference, and the U of I school record-holder at 3000-meters in track and 8000-meters in cross country. 

“Ty embodies everything you look for in a coach to start up a program. Not only has he built successful new programs previously, he’s competed at the highest collegiate levels as an all-American,” said Athletics Director Ryan Knox. “He is in a great position to take advantage of the extensive local talent we have in our district.” 

During his 34-year career as an educator, Wolf served as a school superintendent at Illinois State University Laboratory Schools and Heyworth Community Unit School District 4 schools as well as serving as a grade school and junior-senior high school principal. 

“We have an outstanding local running community with talented runners and successful high school coaches. The Heartland cross country program will be a good option for students wanting to continue to grow and progress to the next level with their running and education,” said Wolf. “I’m looking forward to building a cross country program at Heartland Community College that can be competitive at the regional and national levels.” 

The four new sports programs will begin competition in the Fall semester of 2020, joining the already-established sports of Baseball, Softball and Men’s and Women’s Soccer.

Written by: Steve Fast