Nekuda was an assistant coach for the DSU cross country team when they earned their first Dakota Athletic Conference title in 2009. He left to become the distance track and field coach at Laramie County School District in Cheyenne, WY. He returns to DSU following a successful year at Laramie where he coached the women to the state indoor championship and accumulated 7 all-state performances and 4 state individual champions.
Wockenfuss says Nekuda's past experience with the DSU team is an asset. â€œMike was part of the recruitment process for the current team, and has a similar training philosophy to former Coach Trent Mack.â€ Nekuda replaces Mack, who left earlier this month to take a position in Ohio.
Nekuda has a masters in human performance and physical education from Adams State College in Alamosa, CO. He earned an undergraduate degree in physical education from Black Hills State University, where he ran cross country and track.
â€œI am excited to start the cross country season, and am honored to coach such dedicated student athletes. I fully accept the responsibility to lead this program and continue the winning ways of DSU,â€ states Nekuda.