Bethany College announced Aaron Yoder as the new head cross country coach Wednesday.
He will also serve as assistant track and field coach.
"Aaron brings a great deal to the table as our new head cross country coach," Dane Pavlovich, Bethany Dean of Athletics, said. "He has a great perspective about the development of student-athletes to set up future success. Aaron is a tremendous addition to the staff in his new role."
Yoder spent the past three years with the Swedes as assistant cross country and track and field coach.
"I am excited about the opportunity to lead the cross country team to new horizons," Yoder said. "I feel like I've been prepared well in terms of stepping up to a bigger position so I can better serve the Bethany College Athletic Department and cross country and track and field programs in order to serve each individual."
A 2009 graduate of Fort Hays State University, Yoder majored in health and human performance with an emphasis in health promotions and wellness and a minor in business administration.
Yoder was a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa, where he was an advocate of health and wellness within the Hays community, and of the national honor society Omicron Delta Kappa, where he served as vice president for one year.
Yoder completed his master's degree in sport and movement studies through Fort Hays in December 2010.
While at Fort Hays, Yoder competed in cross country and track for the Tigers from 2004 to 2008. During this time, he earned All- Conference Cross Country Performer, All-Conference Indoor Track Performer (5k), four-time All-Conference Performer in Outdoor Track (Steeple, 5k, 10k), two-time MIAA Cross Country Runner of the Week, four-time Individual Champion of Collegiate Cross Country Races, and 3A State Mile Champion. Yoder was also a member of the two-time State Championship Track Team from Hillsboro High School and of the three-time State Runner-Up Cross Country Team from Hillsboro High School
Yoder's experience includes working as a camp counselor and coach at numerous running camps, including the Jim Ryun Running Camp in Fort Collins, Colo., and Gettysburg, Pa. He has also filled in as a pastor at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Peabody.