The UW-Parkside athletic department and athletic director Andrew Gavin announced the hiring of Nick Maas as the school’s head coach for cross country and track and field Friday.

Maas will lead the staff of assistant coach Carly Fehler and graduate assistant Evan Lewandowski.

“My family and I are extremely excited to be a part of the UW-Parkside family,” Maas said in a new release. “Director of athletics Andrew Gavin and his staff have a tremendous drive and vision for the university and the athletics department. The energy among the staff is palpable.

“The student-athletes and staff that I’ve had a chance to meet with made the university and the southeastern Wisconsin community feel like home. I would like to thank Andrew Gavin, Chris Barker and the entire UW-Parkside staff for inviting me into their family, and I look forward to day one as a Ranger.”

Maas has coaching experience at all three levels of NCAA competition, most recently at Division I Western Illinois, where he was the head coach for cross country and an assistant coach for track and field since 2016.

Prior to that, Maas was the head coach at Division II Metropolitan State, where he coached student-athletes to 45 program records, with 65 All-Conference and 30 All-Region performers, 50 national qualifiers and 21 All-Americans between cross country and track and field.

He was also the head coach at his alma mater, Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, from 2007-10.

“Parkside athletics is thrilled to welcome Nick Maas to our team as the head coach of the cross country and track and field programs,” Gavin said. “Nick displayed steady leadership qualities, high character and diverse experiences that make him an ideal candidate to lead and mentor our student-athletes in and out of competition.

“We’re excited to welcome Nick and his family to our Parkside athletics family, our university and our community.”

As a runner at Buena Vista, Maas was a three-time team captain and was once named team MVP. He also ran a year at Northern Iowa, where he earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in the distance medley relay.

Maas, a native of Tama, Iowa, graduated from Buena Vista with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in general studies in 2004. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in exercise science with a physiology emphasis from Northern Iowa in 2006.

An avid runner, Maas and his wife Mandi have been married for nearly 15 years and have a 4-year-daughter, Katelyn.

“I got into this business to help young people grow into amazing adults and to play my role in creating an environment that promotes that growth through sport,” Maas said. “There has been a rich tradition at Parkside in cross country and track and field and amazing facilities in the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course and the Frank Petretti Fieldhouse.

“I am looking forward to working with everyone at Parkside to continue capitalizing on our resources and taking the program to new heights as a comprehensive cross country and track and field team.”

Mike Johnson

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