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2010-11 will be Jack Steck's 28th season as the Bears' head coach, and his 43rd year overall at the collegiate level. Steck continues his guidance over the women's team, now in its 13th year of competition.
In 2009-10, Coach Steck had a fantastic season. It was the men's first season in the the Mid-American Conference. Though the men finished with a 7-2 dual record, the talented MAC held the Bears to a third-place finish. The women's team, however, had one of the best seasons in Valley history. The bears won the MVC conference title for the third consecutive year, and do so with a winning margin of 275.5. This is the highest margin of victory in a conference tournament since 1985. Missouri State had 12 swimmers named first-team all-conference and seven earned honorable mention accolades. For this performance, Steck was named the MVC Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career, the most in MVC history.
Coach Steck paved the way for the Bears to succeed in 2008-09. The men's squad barely missed out on it's second Sun Belt Championship, but ended the season ranked second among mid-major programs by CSCAA . The women's squad won their sixth conference championship in seven years, and their second consecutive. The women also finished ranked ninth by CSCAA. Steck also oversaw the men's team transition into the Mid-American Conference from the Sun Belt.
Coach Steck led the men's and women's swimming and diving programs to the top of each squad's respective conference in the 2007-08 season. The Bears' men captured its first Sun Belt Championship, after only being a member of the conference for two seasons. The men finished the season with a sixth place CSCAA mid-major poll ranking and a dual meet record of 8-3.
Steck guided the women's team to reclaim the title at the Missouri Valley Conference meet in 2007-08. The Bears' women finished with a record of 5-8 and placed 12 athletes on the All-MVC First Team list. He was awarded MVC Women's Coach of the Year. Steck's overall record for both the men's and women's teams is 428-201-1.
In the 2006-07 season, Missouri State men's swimming and diving team became an inaugural member of the Sun Belt Conference. Missouri State displayed its strength in the league, capturing a third-place finish. The men ended the season with an 8-3 dual meet record. The 2006-07 women's squad posted a 5-10 dual meet record and a second-place Missouri Valley Conference finish behind rival Southern Illinois University.
In the 2005-06 season, Steck guided the men's team to a 10-2 dual meet record and their second straight Valley Invitational title. The 2005-06 women's swimming and diving team concluded dual meet action with a 10-6 record, claiming its fourth straight MVC title under Steck. Steck was named the 2005-06 MVC Women's Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.
In 1994, Missouri State became an inaugural member of the Missouri Valley Conference in men's swimming and quickly established itself as a league power, capturing runner-up finishes from 1995 to 1999 and winning titles in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005.
In his time at Missouri State, Steck has coached 35 individual conference champions including 105 all-MVC performers and 13 All-SBC performers.
Prior to joining the Valley, Steck guided the Bears to five titles in the Mid-Continent Conference, including four straight crowns before MSU began swimming independently in 1990-91. In its first year of competition without a conference, Missouri State took first at the Midwest Regional meet and Steck was named the 1991 Midwest Coach of the Year.
Steck came to Missouri State in 1983 after 15 seasons at the helm of the Drury University men's program. He started the swimming team at Drury on a club basis and took the Panthers to the last Missouri College Athletic Union championship in 1968. The program moved to varsity level in 1968-69 and began a Missouri small college dominance that quickly grew. By the end of his tenure, Steck had built one of the top small college programs in the country.
A native of South Bend, Ind., and a 1964 graduate of Indiana State University, Steck had consistent success at Drury, both in dual meet competition and on the national level. At Drury, Steck coached 58 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-Americans and he turned out 27 individual national champions. Under Steck's guidance, the Panthers were 134-50 in dual meet competition. Between 1973 and 1976, the Panthers won the Notre Dame Relays four straight years, an unprecedented achievement for a small college team. Drury was nationally-ranked 14 consecutive seasons and captured back-to-back national championships in 1981 and 1982. Steck was named the NAIA Division-I Men's National Coach of the Year in 1975 and 1982.
In 1981, Steck received the Indiana State University Distinguished Alumni Athletic Award and earned the designation Master Coach from the Swimming Coaches Association of America. In March of 1993, Steck became the 28th person and seventh coach inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame for swimming and diving. He was inducted into the Drury College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Steck swam competitively at Indiana State and received his master's degree in physical education in 1972 from Central Missouri State. Steck also serves as the director of the Missouri Aquatics, an age-group swimming program for Springfield youth.
Steck and his wife, Sandi, have two sons: Scott, a Springfield police officer, and Brad, who works and resides in Fredricktown, Missouri; and three granddaughters: Grace, Sophie and Stella.