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Mark Kostek
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Nebraska
Graduating Year: 1986
Phone: 515-271-2228
Email: mark.kostek@drake.edu

Mark Kostek is in his fifth year on the Drake track and field staff, though he is no stranger to coaching. He serves as an assistant coach for throws and combined events.

During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, the Drake throwers broke the hammer, javelin and weight throw school records more than seven times. Senior javelin thrower, Kevin Harp, has qualified for the NCAA Regional meet all three years and junior javelin thrower, Phillip Beeler also qualified in 2012 after breaking Harp's school record (209-01) that he had set at the Drake Relays squeaking by with a throw of 209-11 at the MVC Outdoor Championship.

Isaac Twombly again broke his own school records during 2012 in both the indoor weight throw (60-01) and the hammer throw (187-05).  He has broken the hammer record three consecutive years and weight throw for two years.

With an extremely young group of throwers in 2010, Kostek coached two freshmen to school records.  Kevin Harp qualified for the 2010 NCAA Regional meet by throwing a javelin school record 202-06 at the MVC Championship where he placed fourth.  He surpassed the previous record of 190-0 set by Dan Beattie in 1989.  Isaac Twombly set the hammer school record of 164-08 at the Iowa Invitational bettering the previous mark of 159-01 set by Greg Coleman in 1987.

Kostek has coached throws at the collegiate level for over 20 years, most recently at the University of Nebraska.  During his tenure there, he coached 27 NCAA All-Americans, NCAA Champions and Olympians in all throwing disciplines and the combined events.

An All-American in the javelin at the University of Kansas and a 1986 graduate of Nebraska, Kostek currently serves Drake as an Assistant Athletics Director and was previously the Director of the Drake Relays from 2001-2005.  He has been the director of numerous track and field meets including co-director of the 2008 NCAA Divison I Championship and the 2010 USA Track and Field National Championship held at Drake last June.  He also is co-director of the upcoming 2011 NCAA Divison I Championship to be held at Drake Stadium on June 8-11, 2011.

Kostek served on the NCAA Track and Field Rules Committee from 1996-2000 and is a certified National Technical Official who has worked the Olympic Trials and the USATF Championships.

Kostek and his wife, Cindy, have four children, Tatum, twins Leah and Tom, and Katelyn.  Their son, Tom, played Drake football for Drake; Leah and Katelyn both played volleyball for Northwestern College (Minn.).