Assistant Menís Track Coach, University of Illinois
Mike Turk is in his first year as field events coach at the University of Illinois and has 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including 15 years at the NCAA Division I level.
Prior to Illinois, Turk spent two years as head coach and four years as an assistant coach at Western Michigan University. As head coach, he led the 2003 Broncos to a top-20 ranking in the NCAA Division I Team Power Ranking (USTCA). Turk was named the 2004 Central Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in outdoor track in 2004. In six years at Western Michigan, Turk coached two All-Americans, three school record holders, seven NCAA Qualifiers, a conference record holder and multiple conference champions.
Prior to joining Western Michigan's program, Turk was the assistant coach for both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's men's and women's track and field programs. While at Marquette, Turk coached several All Americans and NCAA Qualifiers, including the schoolís first ever womenís indoor NCAA Qualifier and first ever menís indoor NCAA All-American. Upon his departure from Marquette, Turkís athletes held every school record in the throwing events for both men and women, indoors and outdoors.
Turk is well known as a clinician and author. He has been a part of the USATF Coaches Education Level II Throws staff, spoken at numerous clinics, was an instructor at the Ironwood Throws Development Camp, organized the King of the Ring Throws Clinic and has authored several articles on the throwing events.
As a student-athlete at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., Turk received his bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1985. Turk earned his degree while competing on the varsity track and field team. He was the 1984 CCIW Conference Champion in the shot put.