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Northwest Bearcats

Scott Lorek

Scott Lorek

Head Coach

OfficeLamkin Activity Center 201A
Phone(660) 562-1303
Emailslorek@nwmissouri.edu

Scott Lorek has been the head coach of Northwest Missouri State's women's cross country team and women's track and field teams since the 2004-05 academic year. He gladly accepted the men's coaching duties of both programs when Rich Alsup retired in the summer of 2008 after 31 years of service.

 

Since taking the reigns in Maryville, Lorek has accompanied 12 student-athletes to NCAA national championship track meets, half of which returned as All-Americans. Tyler Shaw (four) and Ben McKim (three) have combined to earn seven All-America awards in the last two seasons. Emily Churchman (two) and Kate Walter (one) combined for three more on the women's side.

 

Lorek has coached at least one NCAA championship participant on the women's side in all six years and has had two participants on the men's side in each of his first two years as general of the Bearcats.

 

Northwest competes in arguably the best Division II track and field conference in the nation and Lorek has seen his squads shine on the league's brightest stage. Five Bearcats have been crowned conference champions under Lorek, including Alisha Samuel (60-meter dash) and Audrey Bailey (400-meter hurdles) who won two titles apiece.

 

Under Lorek, the Bearcat women have had 26 student-athletes capture 79 All-MIAA honors in six seasons. Nine have earned four or more All-MIAA awards including Hannah Henry, who garnered eight all-conference honors during her Northwest career.

 

Eight Northwest men have combined for 16 all-league honors in two years. McKim and Shaw have earned five and four All-MIAA awards, respectively.

 

For team success, look no further than Northwest Missouri State's 2009 women's cross country team which placed fourth at the MIAA championships - the team's highest finish in 11 seasons - and fifth at the NCAA South Central Regional meet. The Bearcats were led by all-region performer Angela Adams, who placed 12th at the conference meet and 14th at the regional.

 

Three Bearcats have earned All-MIAA cross country awards under Lorek, including Trevor Johannsen and Zach Layton, who placed ninth and 10th, respectively, at the 2008 championships, Lorek's first season with the team. Anna O'Brien was an all-conference and all-region performer for the Bearcat women in 2007.

 

Before arriving in Maryville, Lorek spent five seasons as the head men's and women's track and field coach at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo. He led the Mountaineers to a second-place finish at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in 2002 and a third-place finish in 2004. His men's team placed in the top five at nationals in each of his last three seasons.

 

Lorek was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Women's Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year in 2001 after winning the RMAC Indoor Championship that season.

 

Prior to his time at Western State, Lorek spent two years as the head men's and women's track and field and cross country coach at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. He was an assistant at Butler University during the 1996-97 season.

 

Lorek's resume also includes an 11-year stint at the University of Idaho where he led Vandals to school records in 23 of 33 events. He also served as an assistant at Idaho for two seasons and was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Illinois.

 

The former 10,000-meter record holder at Butler University, Lorek competed in the USA World Cross Country Trials, USA National Championships and was a guest competitor at the Canadian World Team Trials. He took fifth at the Hungarian National Championships in the 10,000-meter run.

 

Lorek currently serves as the South Central Region representative on the Division II Cross Country committee for the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and is a member of its executive board.

 

Lorek and his wife, Shelly, reside in Maryville with their son, Benjamin.

Outdoor
Northwest Missouri State University
Year Conference Finish National Finish
2005 6th
2006 6th
2007 7th T-51st
2008 6th
2009 8th
2010 6th T-35th
       
Indoor
Year Conference Finish National Finish
2005 6th
2006 6th
2007 6th 
2008 6th
2009 7th 49th
2010 8th T-35th
2011 9th
Outdoor
Northwest Missouri State University
Year Conference Finish National Finish
2010 5th T-20th
       
Indoor
Year Conference Finish National Finish
2010 6th T-20th
2011 5th 30th
Northwest Missouri State University
Year Conference Finish National Finish
2004 7th 7th
2005 6th 12th
2006 8th 10th
2007 7th 7th
2008 8th 14th
2009 4th 5th
2010 3rd 10th
Northwest Missouri State University
Year Conference Finish National Finish
2009 6th 13th
2010 3rd 6th