Seth Mischke enters his sixth year as the head coach of the Black Hills State men’s and women’s track & field teams and assistant coach for the cross country squads.
The conclusion of the 2015-16 season saw Mischke lead the Yellow Jackets to unprecedented success in the NCAA era. Mischke oversaw the first-ever NCAA National Champions in Jonah Theisen in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Madison McLaughlin in the shot put. Mischke also guided the women’s track & field team to a second place finish in the 2016 Outdoor Track & Field Championship, the highest finish of any team at Black Hills State since joining the RMAC.
Mischke has coached 16 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champions, 79 All-RMAC honorees and 16 All-Americans at Black Hills State.
Prior to Black Hills State, Mischke was the head track & field and cross country coach for 12 years at St. Cloud State in St. Cloud, Minnesota. During his tenure at SCSU, the Husky athletic program produced 44 All-American awards for 17 individuals and one national champion, Heather Miller-Koch. She went on to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in the heptathlon.
Mischke’s teams sent 27-student-athletes to the NCAA Division II National Meet as qualifiers and coached 21 conference champions. Under his tutelage, the Huskies combined to break 43 school records between the men’s and women’s track & field programs.
Mischke was named the North Central Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 for men’s indoor track & field and earned the 2011 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year in 2011 for men’s outdoor track & field.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota in 1997, Mischke was a two-time team captain for the Gophers. He claimed a runner-up finish in the 1997 Big Ten Conference Indoor Track & Field Meet in the pole vault. During that same year at the outdoor meet, Mischke placed third in the decathlon. He hit a personal best of 17-3 in the pole vault and scored a best of 7,026 points during his collegiate career.
Mischke, and his wife Colleen, have three children: Brooklyn, Tanner and Micah.