Athletes in Action - Trio of New Coaches


TRIO OF NEW COACHES JOINS TIMBERWOLF STAFF The coaching staff for the Northwood University Timberwolves will have three new faces for the 2016-2017 season. Conor Holt will take over as the head coach of track & field/cross country teams. Leading the way for the softball program will be Gregg Sauve, while David Shumaker will guide the NU volleyball team. The dynamic trio brings a wealth of experience and success to Northwood.

athletes_photo1Holt arrives in Midland after a tremendous five years as the head coach at Oklahoma City University. Since 2013, he has led the Stars to three NAIA Men's Cross Country team championships (2013, 2014, 2015), 69 All-Americans and four individual national championships. A three-time NAIA Cross Country Coach of the Year, Holt had led Oklahoma City to 31 school records and 28 Academic All-Americans. Holt also spent time as an assistant coach at Oregon State and Purdue.



athletes_photo2Shumaker has been a head coach for over 15 years at two different institutions (Bryan College, Summit University), coming to Northwood with a .644 career win percentage and 346 victories. While at Bryan, Shumaker went 137-55 while winning four straight Appalachian Athletic Conference championships. A two-time AAC Coach of the Year (2012, 2013), Shumaker led Bryan to at least 20 wins in all five seasons. The 2013 team posted a program-best record of 33-4, which earned Shumaker the AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year award.


athletes_photo3Sauve brings over 40 years of experience in fast-pitch softball to the program in both the men's and women's game. Over the past three seasons, he has been an assistant coach at Northwood, working with all aspects of the program. During his time coaching, he has been a part of four state championships and over 40 World and National Tournament appearances. Sauve was a part of the 2013 Midland Emerson Aces staff, taking home the ISC II World Championship. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Midland High School.