Oct. 3, 2005
Champaign, Ill. - University of Illinois men's track and field head coach Wayne Angel announced today the hiring of Michael Turk as the new assistant coach for men's track and field at Illinois. Turk comes to Champaign with 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including 15 years at the NCAA Division I level. Turk's coaching will primarily focus on field events.
With his past experience coaching field events at Western Michigan and Marquette, Coach Angel believes Turk is the perfect person for the position.
"I feel fortunate to have hired someone with the outstanding credentials of Mike Turk," said Angel. "His Midwest roots and strong ties in the Chicago suburbs should reap huge dividends for Illinois down the road. Mike's expertise and technical knowledge of the throws, jumps, and multi events will really enhance our program."
Turk, born and raised in Mendota, Ill., leaves the Sterling Park District located in Sterling, Ill., where he was the head coach of the Sterling Track Club and the Challand Middle School Track and Cross Country teams for the past year.
"I'm excited about coming to the University of Illinois and working with Coach Angel," Turk said. "There's no place I'd rather coach than my home state's most prestigious college. Illinois has a great tradition in academics and athletics, and I'm excited to work with the athletes and advance the program to the top of the Big Ten."
Prior to his time in Sterling, Turk spent six years coaching the men's track and field and cross country program 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 2003 Central Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year in cross country and the Central Collegiate Conference Coach of the year in outdoor track in 2004.
Before being named head coach of the Bronco track and field program, Turk spent four year as associate head coach at Western Michigan, gaining significant experience coaching field events. In 2001, his field and multi-events squad scored 98 points at the Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships.
In six years at Western Michigan, Turk coached two All-Americans, seven NCAA Qualifiers, and multiple conference champions in field events.
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.
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 working part-time as student intramural director and participating in numerous campus activities while competing on the varsity track and field team. He is the 1984 CCIW Conference Champion in the shot put.