Mike Muska

Mike Muska — now the Dean of College Relations at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn — serves as the meet administrator for the Heps Championships in cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track & field.

His appointment to that position in 2004 was instrumental in providing continuity to the Championships, allowing coaches to focus more on their teams and ensuring that the person responsible for the decision-process was intimately aware of how to avoid conflict and deal with it once it arose.

A 1973 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Muska earned a graduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and became a highly successful coach at Brown, Cornell, Auburn and Northwestern universities. In 1987 he returned to Brown, where he serve as both an assistant athletics director and an associate director of admissions.

He then served as the college counselor and track coach at Milton Academy before returning to the college athletics scene as the athletic director at Oberlin College, a Division III school in Ohio. He drew national attention when it was disclosed in 1998 that he was the only openly gay athletics director. Muska became a leading voice on the topic of homophobia in athletics.

Today he serves his devotion to college counseling and track & field with his posts at Poly Prep and the Ivy League. He recently co-authored Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admission and Financial Aid in the Digital Age.