Mark Schuck Outdoor Track & Field Dedication Ceremony Announced by MSU

“MANKATO, Minn. – On Friday, October 27th at 11 a.m., Minnesota State Athletics will honor the enduring legacy of Mark Schuck, the renowned Maverick cross country and track & field coach who has earned a place in the hall of fame. For over four decades, Mark Schuck’s name has been inseparable from the program.

The event will witness the presence of Coach Schuck, along with distinguished figures such as Dr. Edward Inch, President of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Kevin Buisman, Director of Athletics, and Mike Turgeon, the current head coach of Maverick Track & Field.

The ceremony is open to the public and is expected to last approximately 30 minutes. One of the highlights will be the unveiling of a sign in honor of Mark Schuck at the facility. Situated behind the football practice fields, off Stadium Road, the facility has been the home of Maverick outdoor track & field since 2009. It boasts a 400-meter track surface, a natural grass infield, lighting, long jump and triple jump pits, as well as a pole vaulting area.

Under the guidance of Coach Schuck, MSU’s cross country and track and field programs emerged as dominant forces, both regionally and nationally. In his 34-year tenure as men’s cross country coach (commencing in the 1979-80 season), MSU clinched nine North Central Conference cross country titles and one Northern Intercollegiate title. Coach Schuck was named the league cross country coach of the year on eight occasions and steered the Mavericks to victory in the NCAA Division II cross country national championship in 1988. Over the years, Minnesota State made 25 NCAA appearances and secured 16 top-10 finishes.

Additionally, Schuck served as the head coach of MSU men’s track and field for 15 years and earned accolades, including being named the conference indoor coach of the year ten times and outdoor coach of the year four times. In 1989, the Mavericks achieved a second-place finish in the nation, and Schuck was recognized as the national coach of the year during the 2006 indoor season.

Beyond his coaching roles, Coach Schuck contributed to the university in multiple capacities, including serving as the interim Athletic Director, dedicating over 25 years to being the Student Relations Coordinator for the College of Allied Health, teaching physical education, and acting as an assistant track coach. During his coaching years, he established and managed numerous high school indoor track meets, providing thousands of young athletes with the opportunity to compete and share in his passion for Minnesota State.

As a former student-athlete, Schuck participated in cross country, track & field, and basketball before graduating in 1969. He was rightfully inducted into the Minnesota State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. Hailing from Nicollet, Minnesota, Schuck’s coaching journey commenced at Mankato Wilson High School, where he also served as the athletic director for eight years.

“In the world of athletics, there are coaches who train, those who inspire, and then there are those rare few like Coach Schuck, who leave an indelible mark not just on the track but in the hearts of all they encounter,” remarked Turgeon. “His legacy at MSU Cross Country and Track & Field wasn’t just about winning races, but about building a family and community. Through every stride and lap, his influence echoed, bridging the gap between the past, present, and future of the program.”

Visitors heading to Minnesota State for the ceremony are encouraged to utilize the free parking available in lot 7. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed [link provided].”

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