Carl Runk

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Carl Runk
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Overall262-161 (lacrosse), 11–14–1 (football)
Accomplishments and honors
1974 College Division National Lacrosse Champions

Carl Runk was college lacrosse and college football coach at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, with over 30 years of combined coaching experience. He was the Tigers' first-ever head football coach, which he coached from 1969 to 1971. He is perhaps best known for his coaching success with Towson's lacrosse program, however.

Early life[edit]

Runk graduated from the University of Arizona where he played on the Arizona Wildcats football team. He then began coaching the men's lacrosse team at Arizona throughout the 1960s. After bringing the Arizona program to consistent success, Runk went to Towson University (then Towson State) in 1968.


Towson University[edit]

Runk coached Towson men's lacrosse for 31 years. He compiled an overall record of 261–161–0. In 1974, he led the Tigers to the National Championship by defeating Hobart 18–17, making them the College Division National Lacrosse Champions. Towson moved to Division I in 1980 and had continued success with five conference titles in the East Coast Conference. In 1989 they reached their first NCAA Division I Tournament bid. During 1990's Runk led his team to four tournament bids along with an appearance in the national championship in 1991. Throughout his time at Towson, Runk coached a "Player of the Year" in every position, as well as 67 All-Americans.

Hereford High School[edit]

After leaving Towson, Runk took over coaching the boys' lacrosse team at Hereford High School in Baltimore County, near his home. In his time at Hereford, the school won the Maryland State Championship in 2003 and 2008 as well as county and division championships in 2008. They qualified for the regional tournament in every year he coached at the school.


Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Rank#
Towson State Tigers (Mason–Dixon Conference) (1969–1971)
1969 Towson State 4–4–1
1970 Towson State 6–2
1971 Towson State 1–8
Total: 11–14–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Later years[edit]

Runk Retired from formal coaching after the championship season with Hereford in 2008. Runk, however, still stays involved with the game as he helps developing programs in Naples, Florida, as well as an annual recruiting camp named Top Star that he hosts for prospective college lacrosse athletes. It is held at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

Runk wrote a book in 2008 entitled "Carl Runk's Coaching Lacrosse: Strategies, Drills & Plays from an NCAA Tournament Winning Coach's Playbook".

Runk now lives with his wife in Parkton, Maryland, and teaches kinesiology courses at Towson University.

See also[edit]


  1. "Hereford High School State Championships". Hereford High School. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-04-24. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  2. Baker, Kent (November 2008). "Sports GPS: Carl Runk". Retrieved 7 January 2010.