Mark Emerson is entering his first season working with the Fort Scott Cross Country/Track & Field programs. Emerson will be tasked with developing the middle distance and distance athletes.
Prior to arriving at Fort Scott, Emerson spent the previous two years at the NAIA institution Waldorf University. Within one year Emerson helped double the roster size to 70 athletes for both teams. As an assistant coach, Emerson helped develop the distance program which saw every school record from the 1500m to marathon broken for both the Men and Women. The program also developed 10 national qualifiers on the distance side which was highlighted by the first All-American in Cross Country history. Emerson also helped runners achieve 8 conference champions, over 30 All-NSAA runners and the NSAA Women's Cross Country record.
With an emphasis on academics, the Cross Country programs have seen success in the classroom as well. Both years the Women's Cross Country team had the highest GPA on campus. During the 2018 season every athlete that stepped on the course for the Women's team achieved All-NSAA academic honors.
Emerson started his coaching career at Kansas Wesleyan University where he also competed as a student athlete. Emerson helped the Track & Field teams achieve 2 conference champions and 2 national qualifiers in the 4x800m and Marathon. Emerson was apart of a 2 time national qualifying Cross Country team during his time as a student athlete with the Coyotes.