Purdue Calumet Names Stephanie Beck Cross Country Coach Created 1/16/2014 11:10:49 PM
HAMMOND, Ind. - Purdue University Calumet Director of Athletics Rick Costello announced the hiring of Stephanie Beck as head men's and women's cross country coach on Thursday. The Mishawaka native takes over a program that has continued to progress in its three seasons since being introduced in the fall of 2011.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity to lead the men’s and women’s cross country program at Purdue University Calumet,” said Beck. “I’m looking forward to the future of this program and working with the current and future Peregrine student-athletes.”
Beck, who also serves as an assistant coach for the Peregrines’ nationally-ranked women’s basketball team, inherits a cross country program that saw the women finish eighth at the 2013 CCAC Championships while the men recorded a 10th-place finish.
“We are excited to have Stephanie lead our cross country program,” said Costello. “She has been a valued member of our department and her experience both as a recruiter and a runner will be important in the direction and future development of this cross country program.”
Beck was a two-year all-conference standout for the Black and Gold on the hardwood, after a stellar running career at Mishawaka High School. She was team captain and three-year letterwinner for the Cavewomen cross country team, leading the team to a pair of Semi-State appearances.
“I plan to attack the recruiting trail immediately, utilizing the contacts I’ve established within the running world,” Beck added. “By bringing in top runners to complement our talent on campus already and implementing a challenging work plan, it should allow us to get better each and every day and compete at a high level.”
An alumnus of Purdue Calumet, she owns a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management