Joe Horka is entering his fifth season as the head men's and women's cross country coach at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Wolverines saw improved success in the 2016 season, with Alex Krasuski becoming the first male athlete in program history run an 8K race in under 27 minutes.
The Wolverines have earned several awards in Horka's time with the program, including sweeping the annual Chancellor's Awards at the 2017 All-Sports Banquet. Emily Eccelton took the female award, while Krasuski was named the male recipient. Sam Parks won the Chancellor's Award for the men's team in 2016.
The 2015-16 women's cross country team combined for the highest GPA of any Wolverine team that academic year with a combined 3.24. Over Horka's first four seasons with the teams, the Wolverines have combined for 14 WHAC All-Academic Team members (nine men, five women) and 11 NAIA Scholar Athlete honors (seven men, four women)
During college, Horka competed for Madonna University, where he was a team captain. He was named the Crusaders Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007-08, while earning two NAIA Scholar Athlete awards.
Horka graduated from Madonna in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science/Criminal Justice degree, while earning his Juris Doctorate from from the University of Miami in 2011.
Quinn Osgood is entering his third season as an assistant coach for the UM-Dearborn men's and women's cross country teams.
Osgood completed a successful career as a member of the Wolverines from 2011-14 and was a part of the inaugural UM-Dearborn varsity team after the program was elevated from club status. He was named a three-year captain and is a former school record holder in the 8k, with a time of 27:07.
Osgood was selected as the Wolverine Champions of Character Team representative three times (2011, 2012 and 2014), while earning multiple NAIA Scholar Athlete and WHAC All-Academic Team awards.
In his time as a coach at UM-Dearborn, Osgood has helped double the size of the program and helped former teammates Ryan Pickell and Alex Krasuski each break the 27-minute barrier.
Osgood, a native of Livonia, Mich., graduated with a BSE in Bioengineering and Engineering Math in 2014.
Mallory Nemeth is entering her second season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan-Dearborn cross country teams under head Coach Joe Horka.
Nemeth ran for the Wolverines from 2012 to 2015 and was named a team captain for three seasons. During her career, she was a member of the UM-Dearborn Student-Athlete Advisory Council for two years and was named to the WHAC Champions of Character team in 2013.
Nemeth graduated from UM-Dearborn in May 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science with a major in Mathematics and a minor in psychology. She also received a certification in secondary education through the College of Education in Mathematics.
Prior to joining the staff at UM-Dearborn, she served as an assistant cross country and head track and field coach for Allen Park Middle School.
Ryan Pickell is set to join the cross country coaching staff as an assistant in 2017 after a successful career with the Wolverines from 2013-2016.
Pickell closed his career competing at UM-Dearborn in 2016 as one of the top runners in program history. He set the school record for an 8k race with a time of 26:44 in 2016. Pickell was named a team captain as a senior, a WHAC Champions of Character Team member in 2016 and was awarded team MVP honors in 2014 and 2016.
Pickell was the President of the UM-Dearborn Student-Athlete Advisory Council in 2016-17 and was the Vice President in 2015-16.
Currently, Pickell is serving as an assistant with the Riverview Community High School varsity swimming and diving team, while finishing his last semester of classes at UM-Dearborn. He is set to graduate in December 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science in Digital Forensics.
McDonald joins the UM-Dearborn cross country coaching staff for her first season after a decorated career with the Wolverines as a student-athlete.
McDonald ran cross country for the Wolverines from 2013 to 2015. She was named a team captain in 2014 and 2015, while also taking home two WHAC Champions of Character Team awards. McDonald was a member of two women's cross country teams that won highest GPA of any program in the UM-Dearborn Athletics Department. She was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and was the first recipient of the Athletics Department Chancellor's Award.
McDonald was a two-time WHAC All-Academic Team member and two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete. She was a 2015 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker and the 50,000th graduate of the university. She graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration, while earning University Honors in each of her semesters at the school and was named a James B. Angell Scholar.
Prior to attending UM-Dearborn, McDonald played two seasons of soccer at Schoolcraft College. In the future, she plans to pursue an MBA.
Megan's sister, Erin McDonald, is a senior on the UM-Dearborn women's soccer team.