By Joe Fisher
Sports Information Director, Concordia University
AUSTIN, Texas – Concordia University Texas Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Ronda Seagraves announced Megan Wagenaar as the new head coach of the cross country and track and field programs on Thursday.
Wagenaar, a four-year letterman with the Tornados in cross country and track and field from 2010-2014 previously served the program as a graduate assistant this past season. The most decorated runner in both programs’ history, Wagenaar brings a winning culture that Seagraves is excited to have.
“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Megan Wagenaar to the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field coach position. Megan is a dedicated coach who has demonstrated the tools needed to succeed and lead as a professional in the sport,” Seagraves said. “Her extensive Concordia Texas background, both as a student-athlete and coach; her continuous competitive drive; and knowledge has prepared her for this position. I look forward to the continued growth and success of the Tornados’ cross country and track and field teams under coach Wagenaar’s leadership and direction.”
A three-time track and field American Southwest Conference All-Conference honoree, Wagenaar holds schools records in the 800m and 1500m events and was the ASC Female Track Athlete of the Year in 2014 after winning both events at the ASC Track and Field Championships. Wagenaar is grateful to be able to coach for Concordia Texas.
“I am very excited to be given this opportunity to be the head coach. I know what this team is capable of and I know what it will take to bring this team to the next level,” Wagenaar said. “As a student, an athlete, an assistant and now as a head coach, I have always been a Tornado at heart.”
Wagenaar is no stranger to success as she was the runner-up at the 2013 ASC Cross Country championships, earning ASC First-Team honors while also being the first CTX female cross country runner in program history to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. She also help lead the Tornados to their lone cross country conference championship
in 2011 as she placed third individually in the race.
After her collegiate career Wagenaar worked with the Texas Running Company, coordinating running events and served as an assistant cross country coach with St. Edward’s University in 2015 before returning to her alma mater.
“I can’t say how much it means to me that I am now the head coach of the program that I once ran with for four years,” Wagenaar said.