One of the most respected marathoners and distance runners in New Hampshire and New England, Nick Aguila joined the Southern New Hampshire University cross country and women's track and field programs prior to the 2015-16 season. Since taking the reins of the men’s and women’s cross country programs, Aguila, who is an assistant coach with the women’s track and field team, has elevated the Penmen to unparalleled levels of success.
On the men’s side, Aguila has mentored eleven All-Northeast-10 Conference performers and nine United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honorees during his time in Manchester. He guided Nacho Hernando-Angulo to the first NCAA National Championship berth in program history during the 2015 season, and under Aguila’s tutelage, Hernando-Angulo duplicated the effort in 2016. In 2017, Aguila led Tyler McLaren to the National Championships, marking the third time in three seasons with Aguila at the helm Southern New Hampshire produced a national finalist.
In addition to the individual successes, Aguila has shifted the Penmen men’s cross country program to one of the premier teams in both the Northeast-10 Conference and the NCAA East Region. For the first time in 2018, SNHU qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship as a team, one of 34 schools participating in the meet held in Pittsburgh, Pa. The 2018 squad finished in fourth-place at both the NE10 Championships and the NCAA Division II East Regional, continuing a trend of top level finishes. In 2017, Aguila produced a third-place finish at the NE10 Championships, which marked the highest in the history of Southern New Hampshire University.
The Southern New Hampshire University women’s team has also seen tremendous success under Aguila’s watch, with five All-NE10 selections as well as four USTFCCCA All-East Region performances. Aguila’s guidance produced a ninth-place outing at the NE10 Championships in his inaugural season, and after finishing 11th in 2016, SNHU cracked the top-10 in 2017 in seventh and then finished sixth in 2018. At the NCAA East Regional, Aguila took the team from No. 20 in 2015 to 14th in 2016 before busting into the top-10 at No. 9 in 2017. The team finished 14th in 2018.
Aguila is an accomplished marathon and distance runner, and actively competes in local, regional and national events. Currently, Aguila is training for the 2020 United States Olympic Trials in the Marathon, and he turned in a personal best performance during the first weekend of December, 2017 with a time of 2:22:08, which was a mere 3:09 from qualifying. Additionally, Aguila captured the prestigious Manchester City Marathon in 2017, as he navigated the course in 2:29:07 to breeze across the finish line nearly 10 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. At the 2017 Boston Marathon, Aguila finished No. 55 overall and was the top New Hampshire finisher with an official time of 2:29:42. He improved to 2:27:51 at the 2019 Boston Marathon, finishing 74th overall and second best among New Hampshire runners.
Aguila spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State University, a Division I member of the Northeast Conference. He helped guide the Blue Devil men's cross country team to an NEC championship and worked with the conference individual champions in both men's and women's cross country, while also assisting the men to an NEC title in track.
The prior year, Aguila was an assistant coach at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, where in 2013-14 the program had five men's and four women's cross country All-Americans. The program produced NCAA Division II national championships in men's cross country and women's indoor track, while the women's cross country and men's indoor and outdoor track teams were all national runners-up. Aguila ran one season as a graduate student at ASU, where he earned his Master's in Exercise Science.
A 2012 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Aguila was a two-year captain, and graduated with a bachelor's in Exercise Sciences while minoring in Sports Nutrition.