MILWAUKEE – Bill Massoels has been named the head men's track & field and cross country coach at MSOE, director of athletics Brian Miller announced Monday.
Massoels joins the department after one season at nearby Cardinal Stritch but was more well known as the head coach at Division II St. Joseph for 27 years until the college closed in 2017.
"We feel fortunate to have a coach of Bill's almost unprecedented level of experience joining our department," Miller said. "He's had extended success at the Division II level and, with his wide-ranging experience in athletics, he'll be a tremendous asset to MSOE Athletics."
In 27 years at St. Joe's, Massoels coached 27 All-Americans and was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year two times. In 1999, he guided the Puma men to their first-ever GLVC Indoor Track & Field Championship.
"We are excited to become a part of the MSOE Family," Massoels said. "I want to thank Brian Miller, Tim Valley, and the search committee for trusting me with this tremendous opportunity. MSOE is a nationally known university with a rich history of success in academics and athletics and I intend to build on those traditions. Our plan is to compete for conference championships along with competing at the national championships each and every year, beginning with the 2018-19 seasons."
In addition to his coaching duties, Massoels served as athletic director for the final 18 years of his tenure. The Pumas maintained an overall grade point average above 3.0 during his tenure and the department saw a 150 percent increase in department fundraising. He also spent time as financial aid liaison, compliance director, and sports information director.
Massoels takes over for Larry Gardner, who retired from MSOE last month after 14 seasons as head track & field and cross country coach.