The Dakota Wesleyan University track and field and cross country coach Derik Fossum has announced his resignation from the position after four years as the head coach, DWU Athletic Director Jon Hart announced Friday. Fossum, a former DWU track athlete, has coached the Tigers since 2014.

"Derik has been a staple of DWU ever since he graduated in 2012," Hart said in a press release. "He has embodied our core values and always has the best interest in our students. Throughout his time at DWU, he has been a constant team-player and one of our greatest ambassadors. We can't thank Derik enough for all he has done and for constantly bleeding blue. We wish him nothing but the best as he chooses a different career path closer to home."

The Canton native guided Nicole Court-Menendez and Skylar Forgey to All-American honors during his first season. He also coached Jeremiah Panec to the NAIA Championships in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017.

This season, Fossum saw three athletes qualify for the NAIA Indoor National Championships as Tyson Jenkins was honored as an All-American thrower. During the outdoor season, he has four athletes qualified for the NAIA Outdoor National Championships in various events.

A search for a new head track and field and cross country coach will begin immediately.

"I'd like to thank Jon and Curt and the administration at Wesleyan for giving me the opportunity to coach," Fossum said in the release. "It was a life-changing experience. Most of all, I would like to thank the students I had the privilege of working with. You all taught me so much and provided me with a lifetime of fond memories. Our family is excited for new opportunities for us, but also excited for what lies ahead for DWU Track and Cross Country in the coming years."