Nancy Yaeger enters her third season as head cross country coach in 2016. Yaeger became the fifth coach in program history and fourth in four seasons for the Stars when taking over in 2014.
Her training and coaching credentials will certainly bring a new flavor to the cross country program, which enters its 11th season in 2016.
In addition to coaching at Stephens, Nancy works full-time as the manager of Ultramax Sports, a premier running store in downtown Columbia.
Yaeger is a coach and co-founder for the Tiger Endurance Company, a youth triathlon team in Columbia, Mo. She is involved with the day-to-day operations: writing training plans, coordinating race schedules, managing volunteer coaches, and maintaining the budget, marketing and sponsorships. In addition to Tiger Endurance Company, Yaeger coaches various adults training for triathlons and marathons, including marquee events such as the Ironman.
As a runner and triathlete, Yaeger jumps at every opportunity to participate in community runs and triathlons. She was a finisher at the Ironman Florida (2012), Ironman Racine 70.3 (2013) and the Ironman Canada (2014).
In 2011, Yaeger was also a founding member of the Heart of Missouri chapter of Girls on the Run and served as executive director for two years. The non-profit organization focuses on inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.
A native of Kansas City, Mo., Yaeger studied finance at the University of Missouri for three years before graduating from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a B.A. in management and human relations.