Nicole Wilkerson
Nicole Wilkerson
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 802.443.3159
Alma Mater: Rice '93
Years at Middlebury: 19

Wilkerson took over the reins of the Middlebury cross country program in 2011 after working as an assistant coach with the program for the previous nine seasons. She also maintains her role as an assistant coach with the track & field program enabling her to work with several of the student-athletes for nine months out of the year. She has been responsible for creating several workout programs for both teams and has coached more than 50 All-Americans.

In her first season as head coach, Wilkerson was named both the men's and women's New England Region Coach of the Year. In 2012, she led the men's squad to its first NCAA Regional Championship, earning an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. For her efforts, she was named the Men's Regional Coach of the Year. The following season in 2013, the men’s team earned its top finish in school history, placing seventh overall. In 2014, the women finished sixth at the NCAA Championship and were eighth a year later. During the 2016 NCAA meet, the Panther women finished 14th, followed by 11th in 2017 and eighth place during the 2018 meet. This past season, the squad placed 15th at the national meet.

Wilkerson has been an active member of the College community and has served on several committees.

Prior to her arrival at Middlebury, Wilkerson was an assistant coach at Texas A&M for three years. While at Texas A&M, she obtained her master's degree in Sports Management, and lectured on health and kinesiology.

Wilkerson was an All-American track athlete at Rice University ‘93 and a four-year member of the cross country and track teams. After her collegiate career, she was a U.S. Track & Field National Qualifier in the 10,000 meters in 1995. The following year, Wilkerson was a U.S. Olympic trials qualifier in the same event.