Women's Cross Country—Coaches
Mark Horstmeyer has served as head coach of the men’s and
women’s cross country teams since the program was reinstated in 2000.
He has guided his women’s teams to NJCAA Division I Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championships in 2014, 2006 and 2003 and a conference championship in 2010. His men’s team won conference and region championships in 2004.
Horstmeyer was selected conference and Region IV Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2014, 2006 and 2003 and Conference Coach of the Year in 2010. He was named conference and region men’s coach of the year in 2004.
Seven teams and 41 individual runners have competed in the NJCAA Division I/II Cross Country Championships, 41 runners have earned All-Region and 62 have received All-Conference recognition, including five individual conference champions. In 2014 Aileen Gorman became the program’s first All-American runner.
Seventeen men and women have continued their collegiate running experience after finishing at Moraine Valley. In early 2015, six sophomores on his men’s team and one on his women’s team were being recruited by four-year colleges/universities.
Forty-three men and women have earned Academic All-America honors. His teams also have been ranked nationally as an Academic All-American team. Each team ranked 12th in 2014—the first time both teams have been ranked in the same season.
Horstmeyer, who also is Moraine Valley's director of College and Community Relations, holds a master's degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Dimitri Dimizas joined the coaching staff in 2011 as an
assistant coach after having a stellar career as a Cyclones runner in 2009 and
2010. He has earned the USA Track & Field Level I Coaching Certification.
Dimizas competed twice at the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championship. He was All-Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and All-NJCAA Region IV Division I in 2010. He still runs competitively having completed several half-marathons and marathons. He is a graduate of Richards High School, where he is an assistant track coach. He is completing a bachelor’s degree at Lewis University.