Nate Weiland is in his seventh season as an assistant with the Panther track and cross country programs after joining the staff in 2007 as a volunteer assistant. He assists head coach Pete Corfeld with the distance runners and cross country teams.
"As a former athlete that has gone through the program, Nate is able to enlighten the younger athletes on its nuances," Corfeld said. "He is still training at a high level and the example he sets is a great motivator for the team."
In each of his first two seasons, the Panther women have taken second at the Horizon League Cross Country Championships, while both teams were third in 2009. Twelve women have earned all-league honors in that time, including five first-team honors and three in 2008 alone. On the men's side, UWM improved from an eighth-place finish in 2007 to take third place in 2008.
UWM also has shown well at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional. The squad posted the program's second-best Division I regional finish ever in 2006 when it took 14th. Then in 2007, Holly Nearman was the highest-finishing women in the program's Division I history, taking 12th.
Weiland joined the coaching staff after four years as a member of Milwaukee's distance and cross country corps.
In his career, Weiland established himself as a consistent performer, earning all-league second team honors in cross country during his final two seasons. As a senior, he took 38th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, the third-best regional finish in team history and second only to UWM Hall of Famer Chad Zehms. On the track, the Middleton, Wis., native is among the school's all-time leaders in the indoor 3000m and 5000m and the outdoor 10,000m. His 10k time of 30:57.60 is fourth in school history.
Weiland continues to compete, winning the Al's Run in Milwaukee the last three years after being runner-up in 2007. He also competed at the Boston Marathon in 2008, taking 288th with a time of 2:45:11. He also owns finishes of 23rd overall at the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., in 2007, 23rd (50:50) at the Metronix USATF 10-Mile Championships in conjunction with the Minneapolis Marathon and seventh at the Philadelphia Half Marathon (1:08.48).
Weiland graduated from Milwaukee in 2007 with a degree in exercise and fitness.