Mount Union College?s Luther Moore First Recipient of the Wuske Endowed Prize

April 22, 2010

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals ' including former athletes he coached ' Jim Wuske's memory will live on at Mount Union College through the James E. Wuske Endowed Prize.


Wuske, longtime Mount Union track and cross country coach, died at 50 in 1979 after a battle with cancer. But before his death, he certainly made his mark in the Alliance and Mount Union communities.

Wuske began working at Mount Union in 1952 as a football assistant under former head coach Duke Barret. In 1956 he took a position coaching the Mount Union track and cross country teams. He spent the next 24 years coaching the teams to excellence with accomplishments including the 1974 Division III cross country national title, for which he was named Division III cross country coach of the year.

Janet Wuske and Luther W. Moore

At the annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 21, Mount Union senior Luther W. Moore of Eastlake was presented with the endowed prize for his athletic and academic accomplishments. As a member of the Mount Union track team, Moore competed in the long jump and triple jump events. The award is given to students who participated in track at Mount Union, show academic vigor and aspire to go into coaching or teaching.

Present at the convocation was Wuske's wife, Janet. Formerly a teacher at Alliance High School, Janet flew in from St. Petersburg, FL to honor her husband.

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