Sydney Windell, Bellarmine University Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trading in her race bibs for a clipboard and an office in Knights Hall, Angela Musk is transitioning from her former role as a top-notch Bellarmine student-athlete into her new position as the women’s cross country head coach and assistant women’s track and field coach.
Musk was never one to get left behind in a race during her five years at Bellarmine, garnering three All-America accolades (2012 cross country; 2012 indoor track, distance medley relay; and 2013 outdoor track, 1500 meters) while stamping her name all over the school’s record book. She plans to bring that same level of commitment to excellence to her coaching style.
“I have seen the program grow so much over the past seven years,” Musk said. “At the same time, the depth of competitiveness within our conference and region continues to grow, leaving no place for us to get complacent.”
She said that she is lucky to be working with coaches that stay focused on this long-term growth.
One of those coaches is Bellarmine’s Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Jim Vargo. The veteran coach said that Musk is a winner in all that she does, which makes her an outstanding role model for her team.
“She is extremely intelligent, a hard worker and knows what it takes to succeed academically and athletically at Bellarmine,” Vargo said.
Musk will be assisted in her coaching duties by Maggie Wagner, who is also a Bellarmine cross country alum.
Musk is no stranger to success. She was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Runner of the Year in 2012 after racing to first place at the GLVC Cross Country Championships and picked up eight All-GLVC nods in track and field during her career. She also is a former GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in both cross country and track and field, and was a member of the 2010 cross country conference championship team along with the 2012 and 2013 GLVC Indoor Championships title squads.
Athletic Director Scott Wiegandt has no doubt that she will continue doing great things for this program, as well as with helping as the middle/long distance coach for the track team.
“I believe that what she did as a student-athlete will transfer into her role as coach and leader of our women’s program,” Wiegandt said.
Musk, who spent the past two years as an academic advisor to online students at The Learning House, began building her relationship with the team in the spring and said she looks forward to helping these student-athletes reach their full potential, adding that one of her coaching strategies is to actuallly get out and run with the team.
“I am so honored to be working with these young ladies and to play a role in continuing to build a program that has meant so much to me and many other student-athletes,” Musk said.
A native of New Hope, Kentucky, and a graduate of Bethlehem High School, Musk earned her bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine in 2014 with a double major in psychology and art. She continues to compete athletically, switching her attention to triathlons, where she has won her age group in both events she has entered. Musk and her squad will begin their season on Sept. 2 at the Stegemoller Classic in Evansville, Indiana, at 7 p.m.