Assistant Coach Mary Duerbeck
Maryy Duerbeck, who competed at the international level in cross country and at the NCAA Division I Championships in track & field at Arizona State University, begins her third season as the assistant coach for the Missouri S&T cross country and track & field programs.
In her two seasons on the staff, the Miners have captured a Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in men's track & field, doing so in the 2018 outdoor season, while also recording three top-four finishes in cross country. Over the last two seasons, S&T had had five all-conference performers in cross country and has won 33 All-GLVC honors and 11 conference titles in track & field.
Duerbeck came to S&T from Grand Canyon University, where she spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach. During the last year, she helped guide the Lopes' men's and women's teams to Western Athletic Conference championships in the indoor season, as well as a second place finish at the WAC women's outdoor championships while the men's team placed third at that meet.
At the 2017 WAC indoor meet, nine GCU competitors finished among the top three in their respective events and five ended up among the top three at the outdoor championships. The two teams broke 13 school records and achieved 51 personal bests during course of the two seasons.
Prior to her year at Grand Canyon, Duerbeck spent three years as an assistant coach for the women's cross country and track & field programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. At UAB, the team established 27 school records and amassed 87 marks that ranked among the top five in school history, while the team's competitors won 12 Conference USA individual championships and had seven All-America award winners – which included a national runner-up finish by Elinor Kirk in the 10,000-meters.
"Mary's eagerness to help student-athletes improve was evident through our hiring process, and I know that future Miners are going to benefit from their interactions with her," said S&T head coach Shaun Meinecke.
Duerbeck, a native of Chamois, Mo., where she competed on six state championship teams in cross country and track & field at Osage High School, began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Butler University. After one year there, she spent a season at McNeese State University and four years at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas before moving on to UAB.
At Arizona State, she was the ninth-ranked runner in NCAA Division I in the 10,000-meters and 26th among all American women in that event during the 2001 season. She also competed in a cross country program that went from never competing at the NCAA Championships in that sport to a sixth place national finish in 2000.
Duerbeck earned her bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Arizona State in 2001 and in her coaching career, has coached 61 academic all-conference performers and four that have earned Academic All-America honors.