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Mark Mueller is in his sixth season on the track & field staff and fourth season full time after spending the first two years as a volunteer, assisting with sprints and jumps under coach Shawn Wilbourn and former assistant coach Matt LoPiccolo.
Mueller has seen great success in regards to his student-athletes, with each breaking a personal record in at least one of their main events. Since arriving at Duke, Mueller’s crew has seen great athletic success, breaking over 35 school records with 19 athletes qualifying for NCAA Competition.
In 2019, multiple student-athletes wrote their names in the school record book for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. India Lowe edged out Maddy Price’s school record of 53.27 in the 400m by .03 (53.24) seconds at the ACC Indoor Championships, earning a bronze medal in the process. The 4x400m relay team of Lowe, Brittany Aveni, Kelcie Simmons and MacKenzie Kerr etched their names into the record book with a 3:38.14 time, good for fifth all-time in Duke indoor history. For the men, Miles Mingo climbed the record book ladder in three different events, including the 200m (21.94/fourth all-time), 300m (34.40/second all-time) and 400m (48.05/fourth all-time).
During the 2019 outdoor campaign, Simmons and Panton finished fourth and fifth in the record book, respectively, in the 100m. Lowe also recorded a time of 53.78 at the ACC Outdoor Championships in the 400m, placing fifth and garnering third all-time in Duke outdoor history. The 4x400m relay team of Lowe, Kerr, Lauren Hoffman and Aveni notched Second Team All-America at the NCAA Championships, clocking a time of 3:35.71 for 14th place.
For Mueller and his squad in 2019, Lowe (First Team/400m & 4x400m relay), Aveni (First Team/4x400m relay), Hoffman (First Team/4x400m relay) and Kerr (First Team/4x400m relay) received All-ACC Indoor honors, while Lowe (Second Team/400m) notched All-ACC Outdoor recognition.
The 2018 season produced one of Mueller’s finest showings as Steven Solomon earned second team All-America honors at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Solomon was also a first team All-ACC selection at both the indoor and outdoor events, capturing the 400m outdoor race. He rewrote the school indoor and outdoor record books with a 45.44 indoor mark and 45.30 time outdoors.
In addition to Solomon’s success, Duke’s outdoor 4x400 meter relay unit of Maddy Price, Kerr, Lowe and Aveni also earned second team All-America honors. Price excelled apart from the relay with a total of four All-ACC selections during the indoor and outdoor events, in the 200m, 400m and 4x400.
In 2017, Mueller helped guide four Duke runners to All-American honors. Madeline Kopp was second-team All-American during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in the 800 meters. She was also a second-team Outdoor All-American in the 4x400 meter relay, with Kerr, Lowe and Price joining her. He also helped seven Duke athletes earn All-ACC honors.
Starting in 2017, Mueller’s work with the Duke student-athletes extended off the track, investing in their further development.
Mueller has also guided two student-athletes to international competition. In 2015, Kopp advanced to the semi-final round in the 400 for the World University Games in Gwangiu City, South Korea and earned bronze in the 4x400. In 2016, Price placed fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 400 at the Canadian Olympic Trials and was selected for the Canadian team for the 2016 NACAC U23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador, and went on to get fourth in both the 200 and 400, while also garnering the bronze medal in the 4x400 relay.
As an undergraduate at Stanford University from 2006-11, Mueller was a dual-sport athlete, lettering four years in track and field as a sprinter and three years in football. On the track, Mueller earned a 2011 All-America honorable mention accolade, 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic and 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Scholar-Athlete honors, and was named to the 2010 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Track and Field Team. Mueller placed sixth in the 2010 Pac-10 Championships in the 200 and was part of the 4x400 relay team that qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in 2011.
Mueller completed his Masters in Theological Studies at the Duke Divinity School in 2016. Mueller graduated from Stanford in 2011 with his Bachelor of Arts in classical studies with a minor in religious studies. In the summer of 2010, he traveled to Arad, Israel, to teach English to Sudanese refugees, helping them develop basic English language skills.
Since graduating from Stanford, Mueller founded Sports & Scholars, serving as a private coach for over a dozen athletes running in international competitions. He has also spent time as a high school varsity coach for multiple sports, including track and field, football, women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.