KEARNEY —Former UNK wrestling coach Marc Bauer has been named Interim Athletic Director by Chancellor Doug Kristensen. He will replace Dr. Paul Plinske who accepted the job of Director of Athletics at Colorado State Pueblo this spring. Bauer is a Kearney native who took over the Loper wrestling program in 1999. Bauer turned the Lopers into a national power leading UNK to three NCAA Division II national titles (2008, 2012 and 2013), five national runner-up finishes and 14 conference and regional titles.
Bauer stepped down as head coach in 2016 to become assistant professor in UNK’s Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department, while also still serving as an assistant wrestling coach. “I look forward to working with Marc in this new role and to the positive impact he will make for our students, staff, program, campus and community,” Kristensen said. “Marc’s successful career in education and coaching, along with his academic preparation and strong interpersonal skills, have prepared him to provide effective leadership across all areas of the Athletic Director portfolio.” UNK plans to conduct a national search for Plinske’s replacement in the fall.