John Foss enters his 25th season as the head cross country coach at Indiana Wesleyan University. Foss began his association with IWU as a student-athlete, earning NAIA All-American status twice in cross country.
During his tenure Foss has built the IWU cross country program from a regionally competitive League contender to a consistent national contender. The Wildcats have won 31 league championships including the 2012 men’s the 2011 women’s titles.
Athletes under Coach Foss’ coaching include 15 NAIA All-Americans and nine team finishes in the top-10 at the NAIA National Championships. The highest finish so far was the 2000 women’s team which finished third. Foss was named the NAIA National Coach of the Year. The Wildcats consistently place a large number of NAIA Scholar-Athletes on the board year in and year out.
Foss has served as the President of the NAIA Coach’s association. Several alumni are currently coaching at the intercollegiate, high school, and junior high levels and a number of IWU alumni are continuing to compete post collegiate.
John is married to Beth Foss and has four children. His son Josh was an NAIA National Champion in the 4 x 800 and NAIA national runner-up in the 1500 in 2008. His daughter Alyssa is currently a junior on the team.