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Mike Wojciakowski - Head Cross Country Coach

A 1997 Aquinas College graduate, Mike Wojciakowski begins his 15th year as the Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track Coach at Aquinas College. "Woj's" success with the middle distance and distance runners has been exceptional. He has directed the men's and women's Cross Country teams to 13 WHAC Championships, six Region VIII championships and 15 top 20 finishes at the NAIA National Championships, including a second place finish in 2004 (the highest national finish for any team in Aquinas College history) and a third place finish in 2008.
 
A 13 time WHAC Coach of the Year, Woj's success on the track has been just as spectacular. The Saints are fresh off a National Championship in the Men's 4x800 Relay at the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Championships under Woj's direction. He has sent numerous athletes to the indoor and outdoor national championships, 37 of them receiving All American recognition a total of 74 times. Mike has guided many runners to the Saints top five all time performance list as well.
 
A USA Track and Field Level II certified coach in the distance events, Woj's knowledge, personal approach and work ethic has been responsible for developing the Saints distance program into one of the best small college programs in the nation.
 
A four year varsity letter winner in both cross country and track for the Saints, Wojciakowski captained both teams during his senior year. An outstanding student as well as a runner, Wojciakowski earned Academic All American honors in cross country his senior year.
 
Mike and his wife, Amorena, and their daughter, Cecelia (2), reside on the northwest side of Grand Rapids.



Paige Boldt - Assistant Coach


Paige Boldt enters her first year with the Saints. Boldt (formerly Onweller) is a 2011 graduate of Ferris State University and a four year varsity letter winner in both cross country and track during her time as a Bulldog. Paige qualified and competed at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships for three years in a row. During Boldt's senior year she helped the team to one of their highest finishes at nationals (8th). Boldt was selected to the USTFCCCA Division II Women’s Cross Country and Track All-Academic teams, as well as All-GLIAC Conference Team several seasons throughout her eligibility, excelling both in the classroom and on the track. Boldt is currently attending graduate school at Grand Valley State University in the Physician Assistant Studies Program. She is still an avid runner in the Grand Rapids community as a member of RunGR and competes in several local half marathons and 5K’s. Paige and her husband, Dan, reside in Grand Rapids.



Dave Wood - Cross Country Coodinator


Dave Wood begins his 16th season as the Head Track & Field Coach. Wood’s tenure has been nothing short of phenomenal. He has directed the men’s and women’s programs from the basement in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) to the head of the pack. The Saints’ have won twenty-two WHAC indoor and outdoor team titles since 1998.

Success under Wood’s direction hasn’t been limited to the conference level. Competing at the NAIA National Championships both indoors and outdoors, Saints’ athletes earned All-American honors 75 times including four NAIA National Champions and four runners-up finishes during Wood’s tenure. Those accomplishments have earned Wood seven NAIA Regional Coach of the Year awards.

The Saints’ success under Wood’s direction comes as no surprise. The 1972 Michigan Class A mile champion and a middle distance standout at Central Michigan University, Wood has been developing team and individual champions at the high school, junior college and collegiate level since his first coaching assignment at Grand Rapids Union High School, his alma mater, in 1976.

A USATF Level II certified coach in the sprints and hurdles, Wood came to Aquinas after an outstanding twelve-year stint as Head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Ferris State University. Wood was honored with a total of 10 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) “Coach of the Year” awards while guiding the Bulldogs to 11 GLIAC Championships in cross country and track & field.

In addition to having his teams consistently ranked in the NCAA II top 20, Wood was recognized four times as NCAA II Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year. His success at the national level was highlighted by 35 All-Americans, three National Champions and a seventh place finish at the NCAA II Outdoor Track & Field Championships during his tenure as Ferris State’s coach.


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