Head Coach Nick Ekel
Ekel comes to SWCC in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he assisted with the women’s track program. Prior to that, he was the assistant cross country coach for Sheridan County School District #1 in Big Horn, WY.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Wyoming where he competed in track and field, as well as on the cross country team. He was an Academic All-American in 2012, the Mountain West Conference 10,000m champion in 2012, an NCAA West Region qualifier in 2012, and a two-time All Mountain West Conference cross country selection.
Coach Ekel enjoys sharing his passion for track and field and cross country through competition, coaching, and volunteering.
Assistant Coach Mikayla Vail
Coach Vail received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. Prior to coming to SWCC, she was employed at the Chillicothe Elementary Center in Chillicothe, IL as the Junior High Girls’ Head Track Coach and Junior High Girls’ Assistant Basketball Coach, and as a Resource Room Aide for Grundy Elementary School in Morton, IL. She also served as volunteer track and field coach for Monmouth College for three years. As a student athlete, she attained multiple conference championships in the long and triple jump and was an All –American in the long jump.