Mark Samuels Athletics
Hometown: Littleton, Colo.
Alma Mater: Concordia University, Nebraska
Mark Samuels completed his 11th season as an assistant coach for the Concordia University track and field program in 2017-18. Samuels works primarily with sprints and hurdles. He has helped the Bulldogs win team national titles in 2015 (men's outdoor) and 2016 (women's outdoor).
During his tenure, Samuels has worked with numerous, GPAC champions, All-Americans and national champions. The latest examples include multi-event GPAC champions Lucas Wiechman (2017) and Cody Williams (2018). Wiechman earned GPAC Performer of the Year for both indoor and outdoor in 2017. Samuels has been on staff for an unprecedented run of success for a program that's roster has grown significantly in recent seasons. Since Samuels joined the staff, Concordia has posted 16 combined top 10 national team finishes and 33 total top 25 national team finishes, in addition to the two team national championships.
Samuels competed at Concordia from 2001-04. He was a four-time NAIA All-American and a four-time GPAC Champion. Samuels was the 2002 National Runner-Up in the 400 meter dash at the Indoor National Meet. For his efforts, Samuels was named 2002 GPAC Indoor Men’s Athlete-of-the-Year. He holds five school records including individual indoor records in the 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash. He was also a member of record setting 4x400 meter relay teams in both indoor and outdoor seasons (relay records have since been broken).
Mark resides in Seward with his wife Kari, daughter Jordyn, son Landon and daughter Aspen. In his spare time, Mark enjoys fishing, cycling and running.